Monthly Archives: April 2016

  1. Plastic May Replace Jute as the Packaging Material for Food Grains

    There is a rising concern regarding the demand and supply of jute bags for packing food grains. Due to this, plastic could replace jute as the packaging material for food grains owing to “better pricing” of the material. Although this may seem like a beneficial undertaking from a cost perspective, it is definitely not good for the environment because such massive quantities of plastic waste hardly gets recycled or reused. Only 5% can be expected to be recycled and that too when the concerned entities take care to handle the packaging material accordingly.

    As per the current scenario, there is a clear dearth of the required quantity of jute bags (14.1 lakh bales) for food grains and their pricing is also a bit on the higher side. The rise in demand that has been estimated for the jute bags will not be met if current stats are to be considered. Thus, the center has no other option than to consider plastic bags as a cost effective and readily available packaging material for food grains.

    Until now, jute mills have managed to supply the quantum of bags required for packing wheat to Food Corporation of India and the State procurement agencies in Punjab, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh for the 2016-17 rabi crop season. However, the Center believes that the demand in the coming months cannot be met at the current price and production rate.

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  2. Should Businesses Follow Coca Cola

    As part of the Coca Cola

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  3. Things to Consider When Deciding Product Packaging for Retail Success

    What is the biggest mistake that most start-ups make? They focus excessively on the product.  The enthusiasm is understandable but without adequate attention being given to the product packaging, the product could be exposed to considerable risk. If the customers receive damaged products, then it will ruin the reputation of the company and this can prove to be a deathstroke if the company is a start-up.

    ”Packaging that is too bulky, the wrong shape, or takes up too much shelf space is unlikely to impress buyers”, says Neil Westwood, founder of Magic Whiteboard. He says: "Our original box, which we took onto Dragons' Den, had a handle and was designed to be used horizontally. When we got in front of the buyers, the first thing they asked was why hadn't we designed it to be used vertically. They were thinking shelf space, where every square centimetre really counts. If you want to know what really works on the retail shelf, try it out. I took my product into Sainsbury's, told the manager that I was speaking to their buyer and asked if I could take a few photographs of it on the shelf, and he said yes. It is always worth asking."

    Check out the following packaging tips which should help you to come up with a packaging design that is capable of achieving retail success.

    Packaging and Product Should Be in Sync

    The best packaging communicates the value and market position of the brand in addition to representing the p

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  4. Eggshell Nanoparticles Has The Potential to Prolong the Usable Life of Bioplastics In Packaging Materials

    We all know that eggs can bear a lot of weight. This feature may be credited to the egg’s shape as well as the shell that provides the required strength to it. Interestingly, egg shells also have the potential to prolong the usable life of bioplastics in packaging materials. Scientists report that adding tiny shards of eggshell to bioplastic could create a first-of-its-kind biodegradable packaging material that bends but does not easily break.

    Almost 300 million tonnes of plastic are manufactured annually. A staggering 99% of the total production is made from crude oil and other fossil fuels that are non-renewable. These materials are not easily disposed. If they end up in landfills, they can last for hundreds of years without decomposing and thereby affecting the soil. People also burn the plastic materials which releases carbon dioxide. An excess amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is one of the major factors that have contributed to global climatic change. 

    Bioplastics have definitely provided a viable opportunity in terms of packaging solutions along with the added benefit of biodegradability. This technology is currently in its nascent stage and it lacks the strength and flexibility that you would expect in a packaging material. This is why petroleum based products still dominate the global market. However, scientists are making breakthroughs in packaging technology and coming up with solutions that strengthen biodegradable packaging materials in addition to providing value added benefits such as prolonged shelf life of pr

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  5. What Do Customers Expect From E-Commerce Packaging

    There is absolutely no doubt that e-commerce is booming in the country. As is pretty evident, packaging plays an important role in developing customer perception about the brand and achieving adequate customer satisfaction levels. Even then, not all online sellers actually spend a lot of time and effort on coming up with a custom packaging design that is suitable for their products and also appeals to their target consumers.

    Let’s check out some interesting facts and statistics which will give a better insight into customer expectations from packaging.

    Noticing Custom Packaging Design

    This clearly shows that people notice custom packaging and they make up their mind about the brand based on the packaging, especially in the case of ecommerce companies.

    Repeat Purchase Influenced By Custom Packaging

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  6. Scarcity of Packaging Materials Threatens Cashew Nuts and Cocoa Seeds Exports

    The scarcity of packaging materials has caused non-oil exporters in Nigeria to panic. As reported by Punch, the scarcity of jute bag used in packaging of cashew nuts and cocoa seeds for export have raised an alarm. The exporters are concerned about pushing out the produce that is prepared and ready for shipping.

    The President, National Cashew Association of Nigeria, Dr. Tola Faseru, said, “The bags have implications for quality and reputation. In the past, polypropylene bags were used to package cashew but they spoiled the cashew nuts.” Packaging plays an important role in ensuring the safety of the product during transit, especially long distance transportation.

    Due to the scarcity of packaging material, it is quite possible that people may resort to bagging produce in polypropylene bags, a practice which the cashew association had banned earlier. The other possibility that people are considering is to reuse old jute bags that have been used for bagging fish stock. Now fist stock has a strong odour that will be passed on from the jute bags to the fresh produce. This is definitely something that should not happen or else the brand’s image will be severely damaged in the domestic as well as the international market.

    The branding of a product starts with the packaging. Without the preferred packaging for the cashew nuts and cocoa seeds, peop

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