The popularity of plant-based dairy alternatives is undeniable. Consumers are increasingly seeking out healthy options that are not only good for you, but also better for the planet. Macadamia milk brand, Milkadamia, is thriving within the trend as it extends its portfolio to include a line of creamers made with raw macadamia nuts and coconut cream. The brand is not afraid to stand out and set itself apart from the rest, which is why it found the ideal packaging solution in SIG’s combidome carton packs.
Available in three flavors – Vanilla, Unsweetened Vanilla, and Macadamia Fudge – the creamers are made with raw macadamias and coconut cream. They are also dairy free, vegan, lactose free, soy free, gluten free, cholesterol free, carrageenan free, and non-GMO project verified, offering a delicious kosher option for consumers interested in a non-dairy, plant-based food lifestyle or to those looking for a new addition to their daily coffee routine or recipes.
Made with raw macadamias, the creamers offer a range of standout flavors to an already unique product, while the nut provides anti-inflammatory effects, a benefit made possible by its high-oil content.
Differentiating lifestyle packaging
The creamers are the first in the US to launch in the combidome 16 FL OZ (500ml) format from SIG. The carton is shaped like a bottle and offers all the environmental advantages of aseptic packaging. The material composite from which the entire pack is made, from the base to the eye-catching yet practical dome, contains around 75% paper board which is made from renewable raw wood material. With multilayer barriers, moisture is kept out and more protection from light, oxygen, and external odors are made possible.
Further standing out on the shelf, the carton design is intended to convey the essence of the brand. Simple yet striking, the use of a monochromatic drawing of the macadamia plant coupled with splashes of bright colors each serving to discern the various flavors from one another, speaks to the effortless functionality of the product. Yet, the bold flavors will leave a lasting impression.
IQ-Dose for micro-tablets dosage wins Award
Convinced that the micro-pill will be growing strongly in the near future Stiplastics Healthcaring – a subsidiary of SGH Healthcaring, a rapidly growing group and a key partner for the pharmaceutical industry – has developed IQ-dose (Intuitive & Quick-dose), an adjustable device for dosing medicines in this form. The micro-pill makes it possible to sub-divide doses and therefore administer a very accurate dose with a high concentration of active ingredients and few excipients, in response to the obligation placed on pharmaceutical firms to develop paediatric forms (EU Regulation no. 1901/2006).
The easy-to-use IQ-dose first version can be used to administer 1 to 24 micro-pills without having to count or touch them, for perfect hygiene and safety! The user simply:
- selects the correct dose,
- fits the device directly over the bottle of pills,
- tips the bottle upside down for IQ-dose to pick up the prescribed number of micro-pills, all at the same time.
The micro-pill offers several other advantages: it is easy to take, with less chance of choking and fewer risks of over/under-dosing. It also provides a solution for adults with swallowing difficulties.
Different development projects with pharmaceutical companies interested in the product are already underway.
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Used cartons for a good cause
SIG is showcasing how companies and communities can come together to turn waste into value through an innovative ‘eco-canteen’ made almost entirely from used beverage cartons at a school in Thailand.
Opened in September 2018, the canteen is a shining example to encourage more recycling by demonstrating the value it can bring to communities. The 170 children at the school can now drink their milk from cartons in a canteen made of cartons, taking a clear message on recycling home to their families.
“The eco-canteen is a great way to bring recycling to life by showing children – and their parents – what happens to the cartons after they drink their milk. Helping children understand how recycling can help the environment is really important because they are the consumers of tomorrow.”
Chatramol Intrasorn, School Director at Nikom Sang Ton Eang school
From cartons to canteen
SIG teamed up with Kasetsart University, the food manufacturer Ampol Foods and the Fiber Pattana recycling plant to design and rebuild the canteen at the Nikom Sang Ton Eang primary school near the company’s production site in Rayong, Thailand.
Together with Kasetsart University, one of the leading public universities in Thailand, the company ran a competition to design a fully functional school canteen built from used and recycled beverage cartons. The next challenge was to source the materials ready for construction.
More than 1.4 million cartons went into the canteen. Fiber Pattana supplied the tiles for the roof and panels for the walls, made out of aluminium and polymers from used carton packs collected mainly from schools. The chipboard tables and chairs were produced from cartons recycled by Ampol Foods, a SIG customer that runs its own recycling plant for beverage cartons.
Increasing recycling rates is part of SIG’s mission to go Way Beyond Good – to put more into the environment and society than it takes out – and awareness raising is a key focus for the company’s community engagement activities.
“The eco-canteen serves as a model for SIG’s cartons and collaborative approach to bring benefits to communities and raise awareness of how recycling can help the environment. This innovative approach offers exciting opportunities for similar projects to extend positive impacts in other regions.”
Navapol Chuensiri, Head of Cluster Asia-Pacific South at SIG