Evidence that there’s still plenty of innovation to come from the packaging industry with the news that glass giant O-I is testing a new jar with a pouring spout which it claims will stop food waste accumulating around the rims of the jar.
Packaging News reported that the VersaFlow eliminates the potential mess caused by jars with traditional rounded openings that lead to spills, according to the firm, and could be available commercially soon.
O-I said the jar’s lid screws on like any normal jar, can be the same weight and size as a regular jar and potential uses include soups, sauces, olives and oil. It is already being tested with a US food chain.
O-I director of global commercial strategic planning Stephanie Johnston said: “VersaFlow is about adapting for modern life. We looked at how traditional containers would leave a mess of food that accumulates around the rim. This leads to consumers throwing away food before it is all used. VersaFlow makes it easier for consumers to use the product, preventing food waste.”
Johnston added that more brands “are coming back to glass” and are “aware of the attractiveness of glass packaging”.