Posts Tagged ‘drink’

New Design, But Why Pink?

Posted in Design on May 19th, 2010 by Jane Bear – 6 Comments

karl_lagerfeld_coca_cola_light_bottleCarl Lagerfeld has designed a new limited edition Coco Cola Light bottle specifically for the French Market.  It’s different, has a definite presence and will no doubt become a collector’s item in its gift box with matching bottle opener but I don’t see why they have used pink? 

Coco Cola’s brand colours have always included their iconic red, so why depart from that now.  I believe the contrast caused by using the black and white design with a  red highlight would have had even more impact.  (Jane Bear)Karl-Lagerfeld-Coca-Cola-Box-Set-1

Fun With A 2D Barcode?

Posted in Drinks Packaging, Marketing on May 4th, 2010 by Jane Bear – 12 Comments

2D barcode on HeinekenHeineken’s new summer marketing campaign will include the use of 2D barcodes.  Maybe not what 2D barcodes were intended for, but definitely a fun and engaging use for them.

The idea behind their campaign is that you text a number on the pack and they send you a link so you can download a free app which enables you to scan 2D barcodes with your phone.  You then scan the 2D barcode on the promotional packs and you’ll then be told whether you’ve won. 

Not really pushing the 2D barcode to its potential, but certainly making far more consumers aware of their existence.  According to Heineken ‘their consumers are early adopters of new technology’

I think it will be interesting to see where else the barcodes ‘pop’ up and who will be next to use them for interacting with their consumers? (Jane Bear)

To read the full article just follow this link to Mobile Marketer

What Else Could You Portion Pack?

Posted in Cosmetics & Toiletries, Food Packaging, Marketing on April 27th, 2010 by Jane Bear – 4 Comments

McCormick & Co have come up with the idea of selling single portions of spices attached to a recipe card.  Each card contains up to 6 different spices along with a quick and easy recipe to follow.  The idea being that people will be tempted to try new spices by using the samples and then go on to buy full packs of the spices they most use and like.

It has got me thinking though, what else could you use this concept for?  Obviously sample packs have been available for years across many sectors of the market, from foods to skincare and most areas in between.  This is more structured though, more like a ‘kit’ to encourage people to try new things.

What about using the same idea to create cocktails, or how about a card/pack encouraging people to try a new cleansing routine containing shampoo, body wash and a deo.  Or what about a card containing a sample of every shower gel variant in the range?

The combinations are endless, you just need to use your imagination. (Jane Bear)

Thanks to Packaging Insight for bringing this to our attention to watch their evaluation of the pack just follow this link Packaging Insight

Support for Packaging – at last!

Posted in Drinks Packaging, Environmental Issues, Food Packaging, Social Media on February 15th, 2010 by Jane Bear – 2 Comments

Packaging seems to have spent far to long now being demonised in the press, it’s nice to see an article in a main stream newspaper that actually defends packaging and it’s use to protect and prolong the shelf life of food.

Very interesting and thought provoking article by the New York Times.  Interestingly some of the comments below the article appear to have been submitted by individuals who haven’t read the article very carefully.

Great New Limited Design for Coca Cola

Posted in Branding, Design, Drinks Packaging, Product News on February 11th, 2010 by Jane Bear – 9 Comments

This limited edition Coco Cola design makes great use of their brand colours, very clean and unfussy.  Shame it’s only going to be available in the US.  Wonder what we will get in the UK for the summer Olympics.

Coco cola limited design

Coca-Cola has released special-edition packaging for the US market to celebrate the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games that start tomorrow.  For the full story visit

68k tonne cut in packaging weight – but is that good?

Posted in Business News, Drinks Packaging, Environmental Issues, Food Packaging, Marketing, Recycling on January 29th, 2010 by Jane Bear – 4 Comments

I don’t want to belittle the progress that Kraft has made in reducing the weight of its packaging but you have to ask the question, how much of this reduction is due to the move from heavy glass jars to light weight laminated pouches? 

There is no doubt that this will have had a huge positive impact on there transportation footprint, which is great – but what about the end life of the laminate pouch?  I’m still waiting to be convinced that high temperature recycling of laminates is really the right way to go.  And what about the end consumer, how many of them know how or where to recycle laminate pouches compared to those that can and do easily recycle glass jars?

Great marketing story though. (Jane Bear)

Kraft Foods has revealed it has cut 68,000 tonnes of packaging from its products around the world in the past five years.  To read the full article visit

Article by Simeon Goldstein,, 29 January 2010

Brewing & beer packaging – gets the ‘thumbs up’

Posted in Associations, Branding, Drinks Packaging, Events, Marketing, Opinion, Training on January 25th, 2010 by Chris Penfold – 13 Comments

On the 9th December 30 members of The East Midlands Packaging Society (me being one of them) visited The Marston’s Brewery at Burton Upon Trent, UK. The Marston’s Beer Company is the brewing division of Marston’s PLC and is responsible for some of Britain’s best-loved beers, including Marston’s, Banks’s, Jennings, Hobgoblin, Mansfield and Ringwood. Their award-winning ales collected five international brewing medals at the Millennium International Brewing Awards.

We had a great and insightful visit – shame if you missed it. If you live within travelling disctance of Nottingham/ East Midlands, why not come along to one of our future events?

You can read the full ‘visit report’ and find out more about the forthcoming East Midlands Packaging Society events by clicking the following link: Marston’s Brewery East Midlands Packaging Society Visit Report

Chris Penfold

External Relations Officer, East Midlands Packaging Society (part of IOM3)

Sound Industry Advice to Assist Tylenol Wooden Pallet Issue

Posted in Cosmetics & Toiletries, Drinks Packaging, Food Packaging, Healthcare & Pharma, Materials, Safety on January 21st, 2010 by Jane Bear – 8 Comments

Sterling Anthony has given some detailed technical advice we may all wish to consider for the palletisation of our products.  Annie Dallison

 It’s not an appealing topic, but it has grabbed recent headlines.

The Tylenol national recall—ongoing at the time of this article’s publication—is a reminder that wood pallets can be the source of packaging/product contamination. Such a capability is reason for brand owners to have in place a Pallet Purity Program (PPP).

Written by Sterling Anthony, CPP.  Published in 20th January 2010 to read the full article to follow this link

Life-saving packaging in Haiti

Posted in Drinks Packaging, Food Packaging, Gift Packaging, Government, Healthcare & Pharma, Opinion, Safety on January 20th, 2010 by Chris Penfold – 3 Comments

As we move into the second week following the Haitian earthquake, things have been fraught for the local population, most of whom have been without food, water, electricity, or a roof over their heads. During that period dead bodies have been piling up all over the place, including hospital car parks where medical supplies have been in short supply and many of the surgical operations that have been carried out, have been done without anaesthetic.

Medical, food & water supplies packaged to survive a harsh environment

Medical, food & water supplies packaged to survive a harsh environment

Although of no consolation to those that have perished over the past week, luckily the logistical situation is improving now that US ships have arrived and helicopters are finally getting to the places they are needed with those essential supplies. It is at times like this that we are reminded of the true worth of packaging,  in an environment where there are no fridges to keep things cool and packaging has to perform an even more essential role than normal in a very hostile environment. The packaging contains, avoiding spillage. It protects against crushing, vermin & pilfering. It preserves, providing protection for the products within and extended shelf life. It enables ease of transport, whether by plane, truck or onwards by hand and lastly it informs, providing vital information on contents, storage, dosage and application.

In summary, it provides a lifeline where, without it, medical supplies would arrive dirty and non-sterile, food would ’spoil’ within hours and water would become contaminated, leading to dysentery and further distress and trauma. So, packaging, where on earth would we be without it? Chris Penfold

McNeil Receives Warning Letter from FDA

Posted in Drinks Packaging, Food Packaging, Healthcare & Pharma, Legal on January 20th, 2010 by Jane Bear – 11 Comments

We thought this article was worth communicating further as the issues McNeil have experienced may be impacting the packaging/products for other companies.

Annie Dallison

FDA has issued a warning letter to McNeil Healthcare stating that its Jan. 8 inspection of the company’s Las Piedras, Puerto Rico, location identified significant cGMP violations. Since 2008, McNeil has received odor complaints regarding certain Tylenol products. In 2009, McNeil began recalling bottled OTC products after discovering that packaging may have been contaminated with a pallet pesticide. The recall now numbers 60 million bottles.