Growing trends in packaging

Living fruit basket

After travelling a few thousand miles in a refrigerated container, fresh fruit and vegetables start to seem somehow less than fresh. Chances are, they’ve lost a lot of their nutritional value along the way too.

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A break from the norm

Part of our 12 Pokes of Christmas. Look out for more in the coming weeks.

A break from the norm

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This comfy Fairisle sweater. It’s not just a sweater. No. It’s a work of art. It shouldn’t simply be slung over the back of a chair. It deserves to be displayed in a Chelsea art gallery.

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Mo than a screensaver

Screenshaver

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As another Movember draws to a close, the campaign to promote men’s health worldwide has left many men with a luxuriously carpeted lip. Or at least just a light peppering of stubble. It’s unlikely that many of these ‘taches will last until Christmas before falling beneath the blade. But this year, developers Bas van de Poel, Daan van Dam and animator Wong Ping have come up with another way to further the fuzz.

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Beer monsters

Beer monsters

The appearance of mythical beings and fantastical creatures staring out from the side of your beer bottle might ordinarily suggest you’ve had rather too much to drink. But for Midwest brewers Oliphant, these manifestations are quite the norm. The head of the Oliphant, the imaginary creature that gave the brewery its name, now watches over its range of boutique ales.

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Flavoured oils made squeezy

Flavoured oils

It’s an established ritual in the kitchen. When the recipe demands you add a lug of oil, or perhaps a drizzle, you reach for the familiar bottle and wave it around enthusiastically like an aspiring Jamie Oliver. But now, with the launch Aromissimo flavoured oils, home chefs in Russia are being invited to add a squeeze of oil instead. The range appears in squeezable tubes rather than traditional bottles, adding a premium, almost cosmetic quality to the product. Hand-drawn images of garlic, mushrooms, lemons and peppers on the tubes identify each flavour variant. They also serve as a useful reminder that these oils are intended for cooking. After all, you wouldn’t want to apply them to your face. Especially the pepper variety. Via. http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/vegetable-oil-packaging?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

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I want caffeine, and I want it now

I want caffeine

Inching your way through early morning traffic can be a pretty bruising start to the day. Not on the roads. Or even on the subway. But before you make it out of Starbucks. Gridlocked between a breakfast panini and a pumpkin spice latte, you’re likely to get more than a little grouchy.

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Rise of the roboristas

Rise of the roboristas

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The robots are coming! They’re taking over our cities! Our primitive weapons are useless against their superior technology! Oh, hang on, it’s OK… they just want to show us some cool coffee machines.

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A Coke of many colours

A Coke of many colours

Red and white. Red and white. Red and white. Royal purple. Shocking pink. Vivid turquoise. Hold on a second. What’s going on with Diet Coke? In a startling departure from the guidelines, Coca-Cola is offering consumers in Israel the chance to pick up their preferred variety of Coke sheathed in an entirely unique design.

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Age-It-Yourself

Age-It-Yourself

Watch out, whiskey drinkers. Everything you know – or think you know – about taste, process and quality could be about to change.

Having realised that the difference between top-shelf whiskey and cheap whiskey is largely down to the amount of time spent in the barrel and the kind of wood used, some clever chaps have invented a way for you to ‘age’ your own whiskey.

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Masked brew-saders

Masked brew-saders

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kU_RRraqQPY

What did you do for Halloween? Fashion a costume out of a bin bag and some white face paint? Hide behind the sofa hoping the trick or treaters wouldn’t spot you? Go to bed? Whatever you got up to, it can’t have been nearly as much fun as Masquerade, an interactive, multi-platform experience created by beer brand Dos Equis.

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