Shape-Shifting Pasta

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have managed to make shape-shifting pasta!

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group have managed to make shape-shifting pasta, edible origami 🙂 Why? To package and ship pasta more efficiently for example. But of course they have many examples of culinary potential for this technology.

The researchers have created flat sheets of gelatin and starch that, when submerged in water, instantly sprout into three-dimensional structures, including common pasta shapes such as macaroni and rotini. The researchers presented their work in a paper this month at the Association for Computing Machinery’s 2017 Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. They describe their shape-morphing creations as not only culinary performance art, but also a practical way to reduce food-shipping costs.

“We did some simple calculations, such as for macaroni pasta, and even if you pack it perfectly, you still will end up with 67 percent of the volume as air,” says Wen Wang, a co-author on the work and a former graduate student and research scientist in MIT’s Media Lab. “We thought maybe in the future our shape-changing food could be packed flat and save space.”

Rescued Fruits

Too much fruit is thrown away today. In cooperation with fruit importers, traders and farmers, Rescued Fruits takes care of the fruit which is wonderfully good to eat but for various reasons can not be sold. It could be a banana that is yellow instead of green, an apple with a bruise or a pear that is too…

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Too much fruit is thrown away today. In cooperation with fruit importers, traders and farmers, Rescued Fruits takes care of the fruit which is wonderfully good to eat but for various reasons can not be sold. It could be a banana that is yellow instead of green, an apple with a bruise or a pear that is too small. Rescued Fruit refines the fruit and make something really good with it, like marmalade and juice.

Little Farmer

Little Farmer, a range of premium yogurts produced by the dairy company Malý Gazda. Designed by Slovakian design agency Pergamen.

Little Farmer, a range of premium yogurts produced by the dairy company Malý Gazda. Designed by Slovakian design agency Pergamen.

By Kristina de Verdier on 16 April, 2015 In , ,

Insects – the future of food?

“US food start-up Six Foods has developed a brand of crisps called Chirps, which uses beans, rice and cricket flour (made from crushed crickets) in its ingredient mix. The company claims that, compared to a typical bag of potato crisps, Chirps have triple the amount of protein – delivering 7g of protein per portion, the same as…

“US food start-up Six Foods has developed a brand of crisps called Chirps, which uses beans, rice and cricket flour (made from crushed crickets) in its ingredient mix. The company claims that, compared to a typical bag of potato crisps, Chirps have triple the amount of protein – delivering 7g of protein per portion, the same as an egg – as well as half the fat. The crisps, available for pre-order in the US, come in Aged Cheddar, Sea Salt and Hickory BBQ varieties. “The contemporary branding solution helps to make this type of ingredient more palatable to a wider consumer audience,” says Mandy Saven, head of Food, Beverage & Hospitality at Stylus. “This is something you could easily picture on any mainstream supermarket shelf.” At this year’s Food Vision Conference, Chris Cornyn, director of US-based food and drink agency Dine, expressed a similar sentiment. “If you can make insects look like great food, it will make a huge difference [in the minds of consumers]. However, we’re going to have an issue with labelling – you can’t ignore that there is a bug in your food. Via Stylus

By Kristina de Verdier on 14 April, 2015 In , ,

Tomorrow Machine

Re-defining packaging for food, by Tomorrow Machine. A Swedish design studio based in Stockholm and Paris, specialized in package, product and food concepts. “We believe in looking at the world from a creative point of view to shape the innovations of tomorrow.” The images above are showing 1. Basmati rice wrapped in a pyramid of soft…

Re-defining packaging for food, by Tomorrow Machine. A Swedish design studio based in Stockholm and Paris, specialized in package, product and food concepts. “We believe in looking at the world from a creative point of view to shape the innovations of tomorrow.” The images above are showing 1. Basmati rice wrapped in a pyramid of soft beeswax, soy-ink printed and dusted with pearlescent robin’s egg blue. 2. Caramelized sugar, coated with wax, to be cracked like an egg to be opened 3. Gel of the agar-agar seaweed and water, made for drinks that have a short life span and needs to be refrigerated.

Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables

“Eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day can seem like a difficult task if you aren’t counting fries within that number. Sadly, approximately 300 million tons of food is wasted in a year; including those vegetables you never got around to eating. Intermarché, a chain of French supermarkets decided to do their part by purchasing…

“Eating 5 fruits and vegetables a day can seem like a difficult task if you aren’t counting fries within that number. Sadly, approximately 300 million tons of food is wasted in a year; including those vegetables you never got around to eating. Intermarché, a chain of French supermarkets decided to do their part by purchasing the  fruits and vegetables their suppliers usually throw away and sell them at a discounted price. For people to realize that the misshapen vegetables and fruits were just as good as their regular produce, they distributed “inglorious” fruit juices and soups. The end result? A success! They quickly sold out, and brought both attention and an easy solution to food waste.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 20 July, 2014 In , , ,

El Tejocote

Designed by Futura. “The client is a family business in Saltillo Coahuila. They harvest the fruits themselves and transform them into traditional candy and preserves. They opened the doors of their business and their own home to us, treating us like family. Due to that we were able to get inspiration directly from their kitchen,…

Designed by Futura. “The client is a family business in Saltillo Coahuila. They harvest the fruits themselves and transform them into traditional candy and preserves.

They opened the doors of their business and their own home to us, treating us like family. Due to that we were able to get inspiration directly from their kitchen, where they had a lot of crocks made of pewter, a very traditional material used in Mexico for many years. That’s the reason why we used pewter texture as the main element of the branding. The client surprised us with very accurate references of design, places and food around the world, that motivated us to propose a different solution for their project.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 13 June, 2014 In , ,

Trending by Jonas Lundin

Jonas Lundin is writing about the new dawn for the stand-up pouch. “About a decade ago, the packaging industry anticipated a new revolution in packaging, even if not new to the world (The patent hails back from the 1960s), the Stand-Up-Pouch packaging solution were popping up in shelves around the globe, not only in the…

Jonas Lundin is writing about the new dawn for the stand-up pouch.

“About a decade ago, the packaging industry anticipated a new revolution in packaging, even if not new to the world (The patent hails back from the 1960s), the Stand-Up-Pouch packaging solution were popping up in shelves around the globe, not only in the usual-suspect orange-beverage it’s so heavily associated with, but in more premium categories and brands. However, the predicted boom were, if a boom at all, short-lived as a more premium packaging. The shiny, often flimsy, pouches weren’t perceived by consumers as neither functional, premium nor in-line with current trends, and retailers weren’t too happy about the little bags that seemingly lived their own life on the shelves. But perhaps the time is now, with improved rigidity, refined closures (screw-tops, spouts and even velcro solutions), and a shift towards more matte and paper-feel finishes that tags along well with current trends of ecology, craftsmanship and a general tiredness of over-packaged products, the Stand-Up may just win consumers hearts across categories.”

Alex Bugovsky of CP+B fame, together with US, Colorado based Good Apples. They recently created a rather intriguing packaging for Superfood maker Skoop, sporting a tongue-in-cheek copy and info-graphic-esque design.

Oloves recently re-branded and re-packed their range of olives into stand-up-pouches with a matte, paper-feel finish and hand-drawn graphics.

Noteworhty is also US based Pentagram’s re-brand of Nuts.com’s packaging. With bright ”here-I-am” colour-scheme and matte finish, that is for sure standing out in the snacks-section.

By Kristina de Verdier on 8 April, 2014 In , , , ,

Gazpacho Andaluz

Gazpacho Andaluz by Come Home is a very nice food concept, with a beautiful retail packaging solution.

Gazpacho Andaluz by Come Home is a very nice food concept, with a beautiful retail packaging solution.

By Kristina de Verdier on 30 December, 2013 In , , , , ,

Oliveology

Black and golden olive oil packaging from Oliveology. “This limited edition oil is individually numbered. Only 320 numbered and signed tins are available. Oliveology was created in 2009 as a means of sharing and enjoying the culinary treasures and gastronomic traditions of Greece.  We only work with independent, artisan farmers who produce truly high quality items using traditional…

Black and golden olive oil packaging from Oliveology. “This limited edition oil is individually numbered. Only 320 numbered and signed tins are available. Oliveology was created in 2009 as a means of sharing and enjoying the culinary treasures and gastronomic traditions of Greece.  We only work with independent, artisan farmers who produce truly high quality items using traditional and sustainable techniques. In this way we can help preserve traditional methods and support independent local producers in Greece.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 30 December, 2013 In , ,

Peltolan Cheese – A Slice of Finnish Nature

Peltolan blue cheese, designed by Packlab. “Previously shrink wrapped and labeled with a barcode sticker, Peltolan was a product with no brand identity in need of some help. That was nothing short of an opportunity for us to create something extraordinary from scratch. While this blue cheese had plenty of value within its quality, the…

Peltolan blue cheese, designed by Packlab. “Previously shrink wrapped and labeled with a barcode sticker, Peltolan was a product with no brand identity in need of some help. That was nothing short of an opportunity for us to create something extraordinary from scratch. While this blue cheese had plenty of value within its quality, the new packaging and brand design built an identity for the product and positioned it as Premium Finnish Blue Cheese. The ”Slice of Finnish Nature” was a narrative taken literally and transferred to the stackable structure that forms a birch tree – an approach which offers impressive merchandising opportunities, instantly differentiating the brand. The front of the packaging communicates natural refined wood which suggests the refinement of the cheese making process. Within the natural wood grains there are hidden illustrations details, which once discovered add to the story that consumers embrace by inviting this product to their homes. The holistic joined-up approach to product development has produced an unique premium tactile packaging experience.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 20 December, 2013 In , ,

The Chia Pod

The Chia Co has released a range of Chia Pods made of sun-ripened chia seeds, coconut milk and real fruit. Available in vanilla bean cinnamon, mango, blueberry and banana flavours. The Chia Pods are dairy- and gluten-free and provide 100% of the omega-3 RDA. The pods are distributed in plastic packaging where the lid, cup and…

The Chia Co has released a range of Chia Pods made of sun-ripened chia seeds, coconut milk and real fruit. Available in vanilla bean cinnamon, mango, blueberry and banana flavours. The Chia Pods are dairy- and gluten-free and provide 100% of the omega-3 RDA. The pods are distributed in plastic packaging where the lid, cup and spoon are all recyclable and made from 30% recycled content. Via FoodBev.com 

Olivae Olive Oil

Olive oil packaging designed by student Kenny Maicon Barcelos, Brazil. Via Packaging of the World

Olive oil packaging designed by student Kenny Maicon Barcelos, Brazil. Via Packaging of the World

FAB Awards 2014

“The 16th FAB Awards are now open for entries with a Final Deadline on  28th February, 2014. The FAB Awards is an International Awards programme focussed entirely on work done for Food And Beverage brands. It recognises the critical contribution that outstanding creative work makes to building food and drink brands, it identifies and rewards the leading practitioners, and…

“The 16th FAB Awards are now open for entries with a Final Deadline on  28th February, 2014. The FAB Awards is an International Awards programme focussed entirely on work done for Food And Beverage brands. It recognises the critical contribution that outstanding creative work makes to building food and drink brands, it identifies and rewards the leading practitioners, and it acknowledges their contribution both to their Clients and their Agencies.”

By Kristina de Verdier on 12 December, 2013 In , ,