Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the packaging industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 4 promising flexible packaging solutions.
Heat Map: Top 4 Flexible Packaging Startups
For our 4 picks of flexible packaging startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 4 interesting examples out of 480 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Garçon Wines – Flat Bottle Design
Substituting the traditional round bottle’s body form to a slim and rectangular form has a lot of benefits: it’s easier to carry and store. Further, it requires less space and packaging materials to transport, and it protects the products against damage. Garçon Wines is a startup from the UK, which offers flat wine bottles made of carton or bag-in-box, that can be sent by post and delivered through a letterbox. They’re easier, smaller, and need less space than traditional glass bottles.
Tap The Cap – Weight Reduction
Using concentrated product essences reduces the weight and size of packages. The water will finally be added before consumption or usage to get the product ready. Concentrates come in smaller and lighter packages, that are easier to carry and store. They require less material and water to produce, which means less packaging to recycle, compared to regular goods. The US-based startup Tap The Cap offers Single-Serve Cap drinks with a dosing and dispensing cap. They come pre-filled with powder that can fit onto virtually every water bottle. Users just need to tap down on the cap, shake the bottle, and enjoy their drink.
SnipNShut – Reclosable Cans
An improved opening mechanism for beverage cans offers a number of advantages over standard cans. Namely the ability to portion, prolong freshness after the first opening, enable on-the-go consumption, reduce the risk of spillage, and increase protection from contaminants like stinging insects, discarded cigarettes, etc. US-based SNSTech creates reclosable beverage cans with a SipNShut closing system, that protects liquid from spilling and allows users to save the drink for later in a practical and user-friendly manner. It fits energy drinks, coffee, mixers, water, or any other beverage frequently consumed on the go.
Viupax – Custom Designed Package
Packaging with custom designed forms is more sustainable compared to traditional packaging, as it uses fewer materials to produce and occupies less volume during transportation. Greek startup Viupax designs flexible footwear packaging for stacking, allowing boxes to be stored in various ways. It can also be converted into a display stand or toy. Viupax’s box eliminates the need for shopping bags as it converts into a carry bag or shoulder bag itself.
What About The Other 476 Flexible Packaging Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 4 flexible packaging startups showcased above are promising examples out of 480 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.