Consumer Products

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By James Westley: Friday 9th June, 2017

What does Brexit have to do with recycling?

In the run up to the Brexit vote, a close friend of mine proudly declared that he was siding with the leave campaign. This prompted me to complain about an article I had seen in The Telegraph which cited getting rid of “stupid recycling bins” as a reason to leave the EU. To my surprise, […]

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By Max Middleton: Tuesday 30th May, 2017

Strong and stable leadership in a changing world

Ok, ok, so maybe the title is deliberately chosen to attract your attention – and maybe your indignation – but a particular change in leadership at the Royal College of Art in London, UK is especially interesting to me. Sir Jony Ive has been appointed as Chancellor of the RCA, succeeding Sir James Dyson. Although Sir […]

Caffe Culture Olympia
By Max Middleton: Thursday 25th May, 2017

Technology and Artisanship – strange bedfellows

My colleague Steve Thomas and I attended the “Caffé Culture” show at London’s Olympia Conference Centre on Tuesday 23rd May. The show was aimed at those in the Café and Coffee Shop industries. I was attending to see how the various products, services and technologies on show could change or enhance the customer and employee […]

End of ownership
By Catherine Joce: Tuesday 23rd May, 2017

The end of ownership?

“Access over ownership” is often cited as a growing trend and business opportunity… Content services such as Netflix or Spotify have made owning DVD and CDs a thing of the past. Car clubs such as E-Car or Zipcar provide on-demand mobility and in densely urban areas often make more practical and financial sense than car […]

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By Sajith Wimalaratne: Friday 19th May, 2017

It’s a wrap!

I’ve just returned from a visit to Interpack 2017 in Dusseldorf, which is one of the largest packaging fairs in Europe for the food and beverage, confectionery, bakery, pharmaceutical, cosmetics, non-food and industrial goods sector. No other trade fair in the world represents the entire supply chain. And at no other trade fair does the […]

Packaging - products
By Catherine Joce: Thursday 11th May, 2017

Can we grow packaging?

I have a love hate relationship with plastic –I expect many others feel the same. Plastic is undoubtedly a fantastic packaging material – it can be flexible or rigid, transparent or opaque, it can be engineered to have good barrier properties and of course it is cheap. From a sustainability perspective plastic takes less energy […]

Coffee aroma
By Véronique Scordia: Tuesday 9th May, 2017

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning”

This might be true for Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, but for me, coffee works better, especially when opening a new pack! I am a keen enthusiast when it comes to encapsulation and food chemistry in particular; which is why I was more than happy to discuss this topic during my job interview at […]

coffee pods
By Edd Brunner: Thursday 4th May, 2017

The challenges of consumable-appliance system design

There has been a lot in the press recently about Juicero – a cold press juice system launched last year by a well-funded Silicon Valley start-up. The system comprises of a consumer focused appliance that uses high force to squeeze juice from a single-serve consumable to produce a fresh, high quality and healthy juice drink. […]

The physics of snooker
By David Gladwin: Monday 1st May, 2017

Snookered by physics?

Were you one of those students at school who dozed off in your physics lesson when faced with ‘light inextensible strings’ connected to objects on a frictionless surface? Did you snooze through conservation of momentum and coefficient of restitution? Quite possibly, I suspect. But then were you happy to watch sports on TV, perhaps even […]

Edd Brunner - beverage developments
By Edd Brunner: Friday 28th April, 2017

Vlog: the challenges facing the beverage industry today

The beverage industry is measuring up to the challenges of delivering reduced sugar drinks, alcohol free beers and functional beverages – all without compromising flavour. Edd Brunner, Head of Global Food and Beverage Systems, discusses the challenges facing the drinks industry. Transcript So today I wanted to discuss some of the trends in the food […]