Eco centric

first_imgEconomic hardship is failing to quell packaging and labelling innovation, as bakeries, cafés and food-to-go retailers increa-singly seek differentiation in the great high street bun fight.While times are tough across the retail sector, the recession has both boosted and hindered independent operators, with many consumers trading down from restaurants, but others swapping take-out breakfasts and lunches for home-prepared food.For those enjoying a lift in trade from the restaurant exodus, branding has become all-important to compete in a saturated sector ranging from small over-the-counter bakeries to chains such as Starbucks.Manufacturers of packaging and labelling solutions have responded with new ranges of bags, bowls, cups and containers in materials offering greater scope for on-pack marketing, and responding to increasing demand for an upmarket and environmentally aware image.Opinion is mixed as to the impact of the economic downturn on customers’ willingness to pay out the premium applying to ’eco’ packaging, with one trade source claiming the environmentally friendly option can triple costs. However, according to Planglow, trade in environmentally friendly lines is booming. “Packaging sales have soared over the last year or so,” says Planglow marketing manager Rachael Sawtell. “Most of our products are environmentally friendly and we do tend to have a lot of bakers as clients.”Greatest sales growth has come from sandwich and baguette packs, says Sawtell, which are cardboard-based with windows manufactured from plant-based materials such as corn. Most of Planglow’s packaging, which also extends to wraps, salads and beverages, is from renewable resources and is 100% biodegradable or compostable.The case for cardOpting for environmentally-friendly card packaging is worth the investment, according to Sawtell. “Compared to plastic, the extra cost is quite significant, but card is a completely different product with a more premium image, and clients can use it for marketing, adding their logos and information,” she says. “And there is not a huge difference only 5%, over non-biodegradable card packs.”While eco-packaging may run at a premium, “the difference depends on the cost of the materials and how much value the retailer places on the benefits gained/other costs that can be offset,” says supplier Dempson Crooke’s sales and marketing director Paul Laskey.Eco-packaging “is still a very relevant subject to those retailers that are conscious of brand value the image of their business and consumer experience, so it depends on how a business wishes to position itself in its market/location, says Laskey.”There are still a sizeable proportion of retailers who will pay for an eco-friendly packaging product if it reduces cost within their total cost chain or adds value to their business by generating more custom and/or margin.”Within eco-packaging options, Laskey reports a trend towards starch-based plastic alternatives “with some being better than others” and wood and wood derivatives, such as palm leaves in the cutlery and trays sector. “Our core material in our manufacturing plants is paper, where we believe that the benefits of sustainability, recycling and biodegradability are still not promoted or sufficiently recognised,” he says. “We are now starting to use this in conjunction with repulpable/biodegradable barrier coatings and we are finding a growing interest from the retail and foodservice sectors for these to replace plastic-based products or products containing a layer of plastic or other material, which makes them hard to recycle.” Paper-based packaging has the added benefit of being more easily identifiable as recyclable by the consumer, says Laskey.Educating customers on the different eco-options available is vital if customers are to pay more for packaging in the current trading environment, according to Charlotte Packaging director Tony Day. “The initial stages of the recession had a very negative effect on sales of biodegradable packaging due, of course, to the much higher costs involved,” he says. “There is a choice between the biodegradable and recyclable path, and both have creditable reasons for their use.”No single film will answer all the problems encountered when making this choice. Some products require permeability from the packaging and some require a moisture-proof solution. Many more specifics such as oxygen barrier and odour barriers need to be taken into consideration. Seal and film strength can also be an issue.”Plastic recycling also has a part to play, according to the Gloucestershire-based supplier of flexible paper and film packaging solutions. “If any improvement in preventing waste can be made, then we should embrace it, even if it is only replacing one web of a laminate with a recyclable substrate.”Paper is still viewed as an environmentally friendly material that can be supplied in many different guises, he adds, and opens up marketing possibilities. “Whichever path is chosen, it should be advised that, in a very competitive market, branding is extremely important. Letting the public know who is supplying the high street can only be more advantageous to the supplier than remaining a nameless face in the crowd.”last_img read more

Massey University ‘survey’ on dope is embarrassing – to Massey University

first_imgGrow-your-own recreational pot finds favour, but many undecidedStuff 23 October 2018Family First Comment: This is a crap survey. And that’s being polite. No other word for it. And the fact the media gave it some credibility shows their own agenda.“The New Zealand Drug Trends Survey was carried out between November and February. It was promoted through a targeted Facebook campaign and was completed by more than 6300 people. 73% of the sample reported using cannabis, 33% ecstasy, 26% LSD, 20% methamphetamine, 11% cocaine and 5% morphine in the previous six months.” !!This is not a normal survey group. It sounds like the AGM of NORML or the Green party.www.VoteNo.nzNearly three-quarters of those who took part had used cannabis in the previous six months. Despite that, Associate Professor Chris Wilkins, who led the study, said he thought respondents were a good broad demographic representation of the population, although with some bias.The New Zealand Drug Trends Survey was carried out between November and February. It was promoted through a targeted Facebook campaign and was completed by more than 6300 people.Seventy-three per cent of the sample reported using cannabis, 33 per cent ecstasy, 26 per cent LSD, 20 per cent methamphetamine, 11 per cent cocaine and 5 per cent morphine in the previous six months. 36 per cent did not indicate a preference.Of about 4100 people who did show a preference, the most popular option was for home production and use only, with 27 per cent support.  Another 21 per cent favoured a profit-driven market with light restrictions, similar to that in force for alcohol, while 19 per cent wanted to keep the existing situation with prohibition and criminal penalties.READ MORE: Lack of consensus on cannabis law changeNewsHub 23 October 2018 New research shows the majority of Kiwis back a law change on cannabis.But there’s a lack of consensus on what type of use should be legalised, and researchers say more education is needed ahead of a referendum.A Massey University survey asked more than 6000 people what kind of regulatory regime they would prefer.If marijuana use was legal in New Zealand, many Kiwis would prefer to grow it themselves.Chris Wilkins, Associate Professor at Massey University, says this result came as a surprise.“The most popular option was this home production, with no commercial selling. I think that really reflected the idea that culturally, cannabis cultivation is pretty embedded in New Zealand.”READ MORE: read more

Edinson Cavani finally on target as Paris SG tame Lyon

first_imgParis: Second-half substitute Edinson Cavani rediscovered his scoring touch as Paris St Germain beat Olympique Lyonnais 4-2 to edge closer to a seventh Ligue 1 title in eight years on Sunday.Uruguay striker Cavani struck his first goal in almost six months after being barely used on his return from injury. His goal completed the win to put PSG on 61 points from 24 games.Thomas Tuchel’s side, who also scored through Angel Di Maria, Kylian Mbappe and Fernando Marcal own goal, lead second-placed Olympique de Marseille by 12 points.Lyon, who hit back with goals by Martin Terrier and Moussa Dembele, are in ninth place on 33 points, eight behind Stade Rennais who hold the last Champions League qualifying spot. AgenciesAlso Read: Goals by Edinson Cavani, Di Maria qualify PSG for French Cup Round of 16Also Watch: Assam Police destroyed Opium poppy plantation in South Salmara once againlast_img read more