16th November 2023 Opinion / Packaging
The way food packaging is designed can have a significant influence on what parents buy and children consume, write Australian health researchers.
Queenstown’s Broken Heart Spirits distillery has launched what is says is the country’s first fully recyclable eco-refill pouches.
Do shoppers favour uncluttered package design and, if so, why? Texas Christian University’s assistant professor of marketing, Lan Anh Nu Ton, takes a closer look.
“Ultimately the Reusabowl model would not scale to make the impact we all wanted as founders,” the team behind the reusable packaging organisation concluded.
From Saturday 1 July 2023, the sale and manufacture of many single-use plastic products are being banned, restricted or phased out.
Foodstuffs is preparing for the removal of single-use plastic bags from all supermarkets and grocery stores from 1 July, as part of a government phase-out of certain single-use plastics.
The confectionery giant is shifting to paper-based packaging in NZ and Australia for its flagship Mars, Snickers and Milky Way chocolate products.
The former Air NZ CEO says there’s a significant opportunity to produce more sustainable, innovative beverage containers for drinks producers and brands.
The Ministry for the Environment has opened applications for round two of the Plastics Innovation Fund – Te Tahua Pūtea mō te Kirihou Auaha.
An additional 14 councils have started collecting and recycling more types of plastics in the last 12 months, according to Plastics New Zealand.
Foodstuffs and The Warehouse are participating in a new soft plastic recycling scheme in Tairāwhiti, according to The Packaging Forum.
Boring Oat Milk, Duck Island Ice Cream and Six Barrel Soda were among the food & beverage firms which were recognised at the annual Best Design Awards.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand is calling for comment on an application to permit pregnancy warning marks on corrugated cardboard packaging to be in a single colour on a contrasting background.
A new report suggests an alternative that is cheaper and more convenient for consumers and better for businesses and the environment, says the Glass Packaging Forum.
Christchurch packaging company Pakworld says its gaining traction in sale of its folded cartons as brands look to move away from plastic packaging.
A fast-growing sustainable packaging company used by food and beverage manufacturers and one its directors, Rebecca Percasky, have been rapped over the knuckles by the Commerce Commission.
Single-use plastic cotton buds, drink stirrers and most plastic meat trays are among the products that have been banned from sale or manufacture from 1 October.
A Kaipaki Dairies initiative is among the first recipients of the government’s $50m Plastics Innovation Fund.
At this stage, all plastic packaging used for consumer goods sold via retail or wholesale will be included the initiative, as will liquid paperboard and compostable plastic.
Around 200 workers from Visy Board and Charta Packaging are striking today at Wiri, Auckland, and have been joined by employees from Opal Kiwi Packaging, who went on strike on Friday.
Up to 90 Opal Kiwi Packaging worker in Auckland are striking and picketing today, 2 September, to move wage negotiations along in their latest round of bargaining for a new collective agreement.
New World has partnered with Plastics New Zealand on a new initiative to help educate children on the importance of recycling and reducing waste to landfill.
The KitKat chocolate bar is getting a new wrapper using 30% less virgin plastic – pipping rival Mondelēz to the post with what it claims is a New Zealand first.
The government has become a supporting member of ANZPAC Plastics Pact, a voluntary platform addressing plastic packaging.
The RSPF investment will support development of a factory for sustainable plastics venture, Plentyful.
The Packaging Forum is calling for applications to its latest funding round.
A new partnership between the New Zealand Food & Grocery Council and the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation is set to increase the recycling of packaging in Aotearoa.
Countdown is starting a pilot that will remove single-use plastic produce bags from 19 stores from 25 July, taking the total to 20 stores after Metro Herne Bay opened without them last month.
SaveBOARD’s Te Rapa factory has been officially opened by Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate and Hamilton West MP Dr Gaurav Sharm
Former FMCG business leader Ron Hooper has been appointed the new chief executive of Whakatane Mill.
Otis wants recycling standardised and for Tetra Pak to be included, while Fix & Fogg, Raglan Food Co et al are backing Chia Sisters’ bottle re-use petition.
The Zero Waste Network and The Kiwi Bottle Drive have welcomed the government’s Container Return Scheme proposal for the breadth of materials included, that is plastic, aluminum, glass and liquid packaging board.
The government has extended the consultation period on three proposals released in April to transform recycling in Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Panoni i te Hangarua.
NZ Post has teamed up with The Packaging Forum and Future Post to expand on the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme to undertake a pilot trial, which will see a courier pick-up discarded soft plastics.
The Ministry for the Environment has released its position statement on compostable packaging as part of the government’s National Plastics Action Plan.
The Nelson nutritional drinks company wants to have 50% of all sales from kegs or refillable vessels by the end of the decade.
Transforming recycling with the government’s Container Return Scheme.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has released new resources on sustainable packaging for exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use.
Overpackaging and non-recyclable packaging is a top concern for New Zealanders, according to new research by Kantar.
Goodman Fielder has added recyclable cardboard bread tags to all its bread loaves, buns and rolls.
The company is looking for investment to scale-up production of its home compostable packaging.
Watties and Verkerks are among the top five most complained about companies when it comes to packaging, according to Consumer NZ.
Fast-food and tetra pak cartons destined for the landfill are being converted into building supplies, thanks to Freightways investment.
New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.
Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.
Packaging specialist Pakworld has had a bump in business as food firms look for local alternatives to importing materials because of Covid-19 disruption to global supply chains.
New Zealand is missing out on economic gains because it has been too slow to transition to a low carbon circular economy, according to a new report from the Sustainable Business Network.
Kiwi company saveBOARD has secured a A$1.74m grant from the Australian and New South Wales governments to set-up a A$5m facility that will turn packaging waste such as used beverage cartons and coffee cups into building materials.
Regulated product stewardship of plastic packaging, exploring compostable packaging options, and a potential container return scheme are part of the government’s new national plastics plan.
The Commerce Commission has warned paper packaging company Glopac New Zealand for making misleading claims about the ability to recycle its hot drink cups.
The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.
Australasian brewer Lion is to reduce the two largest sources of plastic in its packaging – plastic shrink-wrap and plastic labels on beer bottles in Australia.
The transition starts with Nature’s Fresh loaves one day a week, but is soon to be followed by Molenberg, Vogel’s and Freya’s.
Wellington City Council’s recycling facility now has an optical sorter, capable of diverting over seven million meat and other clear plastic trays from the region’s landfills and overseas processors each year.
The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.
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The Packaging Forum has welcomed the government’s move to phase-out difficult-to-recycle and some single-use plastics, but called for care when choosing alternatives.
The association welcomes government’s moves to phase out problem plastics and some single-use plastics within four years, but warns that a smooth transition by some food producers could be hindered by global freight issues.
The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.
The government is banning difficult to recycle food and drink packaging and a raft of single-use plastics by 2025.
Leading packaging company JFS says government indecision and social pressures have driven food companies into a “holding pattern”.
A New Zealand packaging industry group has moved to galvanise action on compostable packaging by launching consultation on what it calls one of the sector’s most pressing issues.
A collection of businesses, NGOs and governments from across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands have joined together to back an ambitious range of targets to eliminate plastic waste from supply chains by 2025.
Pepsico says it will be the first large food FMCG business to move to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across its entire snacks range in Australasia.
New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.
The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.
The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.