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Mobile food ordering
By Sajith Wimalaratne: Friday 17th November, 2017

How technology is shaping the fast food industry

A long time ago, the concept of fast food dining was considered a breakthrough in the restaurant industry. The idea that food that is ready to eat can be ordered and available to enjoy in a short space of time was considered the future. If you fast forward (pun intended) a few decades to the […]

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By Antonno Versteeg: Thursday 2nd November, 2017

From ambition to action!

Exploiting vision design to engage staff and inspire co-creation Many companies have big ambitions regarding innovation, often captured in press statements, shiny websites or key note talks by executives. But who has really managed to change the innovation culture in their organisations? Which companies are properly rejuvenating their R&D approaches? And what are ways to […]

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By Sajith Wimalaratne: Tuesday 24th October, 2017

Disruptive innovation, is it for everyone?

‘Innovation’ – for many organisations the term is part of their company DNA, whilst others toy with the concept. Neither stance is right or wrong; some companies do well without constant innovation and others need to innovate just to survive the next quarter. Open or closed innovation? Again, it also doesn’t matter, some organisation will […]

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By James Westley: Thursday 19th October, 2017

Making consumer products sustainable by designing for disassembly – part 2

In my previous blog post on design for disassembly (DfD), I discussed how recycling rates can be increased by designing consumable products from the ground up with DfD principles: Reducing the number of different materials Enabling an efficient disassembly process Making disassembly an intuitive and compelling process In the first blog of three I focussed […]

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By Adam Geernaert: Tuesday 12th September, 2017

Dumb humans, rubbish jokes and smart systems

Clever materials vs dumb humans In recent years there has been a surge of new materials that offer different end of life options for food and beverage packaging. For example UK based VegWare have a huge range of compostable coffee cups and lids using variants of the plant based plastic PLA, they are great quality […]

Millennials
By Sajith Wimalaratne: Monday 11th September, 2017

Millennials: shaping the food and beverage industry

Millennials, or Generation Y, hold a huge buying power in today’s economy and are expected to spend billions upon billions before the end of this year alone (2017). It’s really important for brands that are trying to reach millennials to understand our (yes, I’m a millennial too) influences and purchasing habits. According to Forbes: Over […]

Plastic bottles on beach
By Catherine Joce: Wednesday 6th September, 2017

Is recycling going full cycle?

Is it me or is recycling hitting the headlines almost every week? This week Sky News reported on plans to introduce a deposit scheme for plastic bottles deposit scheme for plastic bottles in Scotland. Customers would pay a small surcharge which is refunded when a bottle is returned to a shop. According to the Ellen MacArthur […]

Thinking outside the box
By Edd Brunner: Friday 1st September, 2017

Will there be an IoT revolution in the food and beverage industry?

I recently had an article published on BeverageDaily.com talking about IoT in the food and beverage industry. In that I suggested that we are not quite yet at the point that the value of the functionality that can be achieved by this enabler (or at least the functionality that has been thought of) is more […]

Smarter recycling
By Rosie Wells: Wednesday 30th August, 2017

I’m a very confused recycler and I’m not alone…

Recycling is something we need to think about every day and yet I still feel like I know very little about how to do it and I know I’m not the only person. For a long time I thought the rules were simply ‘if it’s plastic, cardboard or glass then pop it in the recycling […]

kerb-side waste bin collection
By Amy King: Wednesday 26th July, 2017

What a waste

Bin day. Sigh. If you’re anything like me, you’re lying in bed when you hear the bin lorry approaching and it dawns on you haven’t taken out your bins. Then comes the mad panic where you race outside, have a sneaky look at your neighbours to see what’s being collected and then hurl the offending […]