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Three Ways the Food Industry is Changing in 2015

As with all industries, nothing stays the same for long and the food industry is no exception to this rule. So what’s happening in 2015 to change the way that the food industry operates?

Let’s explore the biggest introductions to the industry and the impact that they are likely to have:



Going Digital

In the age of smartphones and instant connectivity, it isn’t surprising that one of the biggest changes will be the introduction of more digitalisation across the industry. A company already looking to launch increased digitalisation is McDonald’s, who will be bringing touchscreen kiosks and smartphone technology to many of their restaurants around the world.

This new innovation would allow customers to load up their past history, pay using NFC and gain recommendations based on their previous purchases. In a way, this is a system that will be bringing the personalisation we regularly experience from eCommerce websites to physical stores, allowing customers to shop with a much more personal experience.

McDonald’s isn’t the only company to be taking an increasingly digital approach, US bakery chain, Panera, have also adopted this new era with open arms. They’ve taken a slightly different approach to McDonald’s in that they’ve created an app that allows you to place an order with your local chain so that it’s there waiting for you when you arrive at the store.

More Information on Packaging

Over the last year or so there has been a huge drive in manufacturers providing nutritional information on all their packaging. EU laws have been a huge driving force behind this move, but society as a whole has also become more aware of their consumption, in general.


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People want to know everything there is to know about the products they are using, resulting in increased amounts of information being demanded from manufacturers. Many companies have started to include easy-to-understand charts and figures to clearly present RDA, making it much simpler for people to maintain a healthy balanced diet.

In addition to this, we’ve seen information such as source location being included.

More Awareness of Carbon Footprint

Almost every industry has been tasked with reducing carbon footprint, with many restrictions, rules and regulations being put in place to prevent needless waste. There are several ways that the food industry has changed in order to reduce their emissions and waste, including:

  • Sourcing local products
  • Using biodegradable packaging
  • Manufacturing to match demand
  • Greater efficiency during production processes
  • Increased use of renewable energy

renewable energy

Expect to see the food industry taking more steps to combat its carbon emissions over the next couple of years. We’ve already seen a huge increase in the amount of sustainable materials and biodegradable packaging being used by international food companies, with the likelihood being that it will roll out across the entire industry.

Looking to keep up with the latest changes in the Food Industry? At Charlotte Packaging we offer a wide range of packaging solutions that can work to reduce your carbon footprint, be customised to provide detailed information and even be designed to fit your new digital approach. Want to find out more? Get in touch with expert food packaging suppliers and see how together we can find the best solution for you.

Coffee from Around the World

The saying may be “it’s a small world”, but you’d be amazed by how many ways of doing things can be crammed in. Some things that you may believe are universal – like how to make coffee – are, in reality, very different depending on where you are in the world.

Here are just a few ways people around the world make their coffee:

Finland – Kaffeost (Coffee and Cheese)


Image: Travelhub

It’s a bit of a posh-treat rather than a daily occurrence, but this Finnish treat is made by placing a cheese called juustolelpä at the bottom of a mug and then pouring hot coffee on top. After you’ve finished drinking the coffee you polish off the cheese using a spoon.

Vietnam – Egg Coffee


Image: “Egg Coffee” by David McKelvey under CC BY 2.0

Why not combine your breakfast and beverage into one tasty dish? Well that’s basically what happens in Vietnam with this egg coffee, made using egg yolks, sugar and condensed milk with hot coffee.

Turkey, Traditional Sweetened Coffee in a Cezve


Image: Food Junie Chronicles

In Turkey, the coffee is served grinded and boiled in a cezve with sugar. Unlike in the UK, there is no filter to remove these bits, you simply tip the coffee into your mug – let the grounds settle and drink it slowly. The result is a very rich, strong coffee that’s packed full of flavour.

Mexico – Cafe de Olla


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This type of coffee has been being prepared for decades and is traditionally made in a clay pot. What makes this coffee really unique is that it is brewed with cinnamon and poloncillo – the rawest form of sugar care – giving it a very sweet flavour.

Germany – Pharisäer  


Image: Johannsen Rum

This is a drink that’s pretty universally accepted, unlike some of the others here, and simply combines coffee, rum and whipped cream with a sprinkling of chocolate. The name Pharisäer has several stories behind it, but regardless of why the drink has been names, the beverage itself stays the same.

Hong Kong – Yuan Yang

Yuanyang” by OhanaUnitedTalk under CC 3.0

Not sure if you’re a coffee or tea person? In Hong Kong the solution is simple – Yuan Yang is a mixture of coffee and milky tea, delivering a very peculiar drink that definitely packs a punch! This probably won’t be everyone’s cup of tea (get it?) and it can be served hot or cold.

Ethiopia – Buna


Buna is a coffee made with beans that are native to the region and is made in a ritualistic way. We don’t mean your typical morning ritual though, there is a full blown ceremony involved in roasting, grinding, brewing, straining and then serving the coffee. It’s an experience you have to be involved in if you ever go to Ethiopia.

USA –  Alfred Cone Espresso


Image: travel hub

While the coffee may not be different to a typical espresso, in true American style this shot is served in a chocolate rimmed cone that can be eaten on the go. This is a great solution for biodegradable coffee packaging, avoiding polystyrene cups and providing a simple and delicious solution.

Plus many more!

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different ways that coffee is made around the world – we didn’t even start to look at the different types of coffee packaging! What’s your favourite coffee from around the world? If you’re more of a herbal (like chamomile tea) or classic English brew drinker why not give a different brewed beverage a try?

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What’s the Difference Between PE & Waxed Paper Sheets?

Using the right materials when packaging is essential for ensuring that your customers receive your goods with the best possible presentation. You may not think about it, but by using the wrong packaging material you could be inadvertently ruining your products’ appeal.

Two packaging materials that are often confused are PE and Wax paper, so what’s the difference?

What is Waxed Paper?



As the name suggests, this type of paper has a wax coating. The wax provides a great barrier for preventing grease and moisture from getting through the paper, making it an extremely versatile product for wrapping a wide variety of food stuffs. Some of the most common food-stuffs wrapped in wax paper include:

– Cheese

– Cooked meats

– Sandwiches

– Interleaving cold meats

This material is semi-transparent, allowing food items to be partially visible through the packaging which makes it useful when displaying products. Wax paper can also be safely printed on, as the wax helps to protect the food stuffs from the ink seeping through. One of the biggest selling points for wax paper is that it’s compostable and recyclable, which is great for any company, deli or restaurant trying to decrease their carbon footprint.
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What is PE Coated Paper?

PE coated paper is layered with polyethylene, providing a very strong moisture and grease barrier. Unlike wax coated paper, PE can be used for hot purposes as it won’t melt and affect your product. PE coated kraft paper is often used as:

– Fast food wrapping

– Tray liners

– Placements

This type of packaging paper is extremely durable, allowing it to be used for a wide range of applications. You are able to safely print on PE paper, allowing you to give your products aesthetically appealing branding without compromising the product. Similarly to wax coated paper, PE paper can be recycled, but it is not biodegradable. This means that it has a slightly larger carbon footprint than wax paper, but if disposed of correctly can still have a positive impact on the environment.

PE or Wax Coated Paper?

Both of these types of packaging have their own individual benefits, making them ideal for their intended purpose but which one do you need? Both are robust and suitable for use with food products and both have a coating that prevents grease and moisture from seeping through.

The main difference between these types of packaging is that waxed paper sheets allow products to breathe, brilliant for preventing cheeses or cold meats from sweating. PE paper is also better suited for wrapping hot, greasy food or being used as a placemat or tray liner in fast food restaurants.

Finding the Right Product for Your Needs

Whether you need PE, Wax or even greaseproof paper, it is important that you buy the best possible quality for your products. At Charlotte Packaging we over 40 years’ experience in delivering high quality packaging to a wide range of industries with competitive prices and a fast turnaround

If you’re  still not entirely sure on the type of material you need or you’d like to discuss your options then give us a call on 01495 741 589 or leave us a message here. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to help you get the perfect product for your needs.
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