apple setFresh produce packaged in small portions or as a snack is becoming increasingly popular, it`s a response to the demand for healthy and practical food to eat on the move. This apple-set, designed in the Netherlands provides a packaging that protects the apples individually helping to preserve the quality of the fruit through the chain from grower, packer, retailer right up to the consumer. The lightweight packaging is made of corrugated board which can be printed and is a great platform for branding the product. This packaging also can communicate where the products come from, the variety, storage tips etc.

Corrugated board is an ideal packaging for fruit – it enables the food to be well protected, ensures food safety (one time use) and entices and informs the consumer at the point of sale. What more could you want for your apple-a-day!

 

ArcwiseA recently launched technique enables numerous new design possibilities for optimally packaging and marketing products with curved or round shaped corrugated board packaging. It can be used for a variety of different packaging purposes such as packaging consumer products, shelf- ready packaging, in-store displays and bag-in-box.

This new method can enable the design of enticing packaging. Not only attracting with curvatures, the rounded shape also provide improved stability and strength which ensure good protection of the products.

Another benefit of curved corners is the increased stacking strength of the packaging; as less material is used the weight can be reduced by up to 30%.

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In the UK, supermarket chain ASDA has recently started a trial with the sale of a corrugated box filled with `less than perfect looking` vegetables. The veggies are oddly shaped, curved, smaller or larger than average. By selling `wonky vegetables` the supermarket chain aims to contribute to preventing food waste by helping farmers get more of the crop on the shelves that is otherwise rejected and thus indirectly helping to prevent food waste.

Packaging plays a key role in preventing food waste – see love food hate waste http://bit.ly/1kE6F1H

FEFCO has been promoting the use of corrugated packaging to prevent food waste since 2014 and is an active supporter of the Save Food initiative – see the Global initiative on Food loss and waste http://bit.ly/1e9omeu

kartentFestival organisers often have a big clean up problem with the many tents that are left behind once the festival is over, so this Dutch start-up designed a lightweight and recyclable corrugated tent. The tent resists wind and weather for 3 days – the average length of a music festival – and sleeps two people comfortably, the tent staying dark and cool inside.

The tent is being made available through festival organisers who will provide the corrugated tent, setting it up beforehand and removing for re-use or recycling once the festival is over.

The big outside surface makes an ideal spot for branding with printed logo`s or for personalisation with fun images!

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Common Footprint Quality (CFQ) is a new European-wide standard promising top quality corrugated packaging for fruit & vegetable trays. Standardised features provide adequate strength with as a result an accredited tray that safely transports fruits & vegetables from the producer to the point of sale. An audit system ensures that the promised standards are met and the modular design of the box enables you to stack trays from different producers.

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Google corrugated  headset  helps save baby`s life.

Doctors in Florida, USA were able to plan a difficult surgery on a four month old baby girl with the help of a google corrugated headset.
The goggles headset can be used with a smartphone and an app to see images 3 dimensionally and in virtual reality (VR). In this case, a 3D model of the heart was constructed that could then be viewed from different angles using VR. The doctors were able to minutely plan every step of the complicated surgery ahead of time. This would help save valuable time once surgery started and improve the baby`s chances of surviving the procedure. They created the 3D model by uploading CT scans to an app called SketchFab which was then used on the smartphone.

Corrugated_CastleMany parents know that a giant corrugated box can be a great toy for children and provide many hours of creative play building it into their own little world.
An Austin, USA-based startup took this idea one step further and created an app, named PopUp Play, that lets children design their own castle, spaceship or gingerbread house on a tablet or smartphone.

cardboardcity The French artist Olivier Grossetête will be associating art with architecture at the Sydney Festival in January 2016 through his ‘Ephemeral City’ project, one of the greatest community participation events. All people are invited to build together with their hands a monumental city only using cardboard and tape and not machines nor cranes.

corr_lexusA full size Lexus IS made of 1,700 laser-cut sheets of corrugated board on a steel and aluminium frame was unveiled at the Grand Designs Live show in Birmingham on 8 October. It is the result of the collaboration between skilled workers – known as takumi – who work on the Lexus production lines and corrugated board manufacturers. The car making takumi were selected on their dexterity with paper folding (origami). 

meatpack  Corrugated board is the number 1 packaging for meat. As it is for fruit & vegetables. Yet both categories use different corrugated solutions. Until recently, that is. Dawn Meats, a major beef & lamb exporter, looked for a new packaging for their export into some 40 countries. Requirements were a turnkey solution for their three production sites in Ireland, cost reduction, better pallet utilization and above all, total elimination of the risk of damages.