Heinz’s 9g dip and squeeze ketchup pack can be dipped into and squeezed without spill and is the size of three regular sachets

Trading places - innovation inspiration from abroad

Eurocentric companies were alerted to opportunities outside the continent at the European Packaging Summit held in Berlin on 30-31 January 2012. Could developing countries stimulate cost-effective innovation?
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All-consuming wrappers - edible packaging developed

Inspired by apple skin and orange peels, a Harvard University team in Massachusetts, USA, have created an edible membrane that protects and preserves a product, before being eaten along with its contents.
QR code being scanned on a smartphone

The chattering packages

Talking packaging could be the future, thanks to a new mobile phone technology being developed by a Finnish research centre.

Applications open for £25,000 Materials Science Venture Prize

The Worshipful Company of Armourers and Brasiers are accepting applications until the end of March for their 2012 Venture Prize. The Royal Society are also accepting nominations for a range of awards.

Action man - the building expert for conflict zones

An interview with Paul Biddle, an expert at making order out of chaos. He has worked as a soldier, prison governor and civil engineering researcher, and specialises in overseeing building projects in conflict zones around the world.