Ambalaj is a global hub for thoughtful and innovative food packaging. A selection and celebration of beautiful brand stories and clever solutions. Ambalaj was founded in 2008 and has grown into a rich source of information and inspiration.

Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables

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”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.”

WikiPearl – Edible Packaging

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WikiPearl™ by WikiFoods. ”Our goal is to produce edible food & beverage packaging solutions, which make other packaging materials, like plastic or paper, unnecessary. WikiPearl™ comes from an idea of bio-creator and Harvard professor David Edwards. Following an enlightening conversation about ”tensegrity” with Ken Snelson, a New York sculptor, Dr. Edwards wondered whether it would be possible to design food and beverage packaging like nature designs fruits and vegetables. The first commercial WikiFoods products, was WikiPearl Ice cream and frozen yogurt, and was launched in France and the USA in 2013. New Wikipearls products are being created every day. From ice cream, cheese, and frozen yogurt to fruits, vegetables, water, cocktails and soups.

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Sechzisch & Vierzisch

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”‘Sechzisch Vierzisch’ takes the classic ‘Persching’ drink from Germany’s Rheinhessen region and turns it into a hip and lovingly crafted mixed wine beverage. To folks in Mainz, the name on the bottle says it all: a blend of sixty (sechzisch) percent rosé wine and forty (vierzisch) percent orange soda produces a peach-hued drink (hence the Rhenish Hessian name ”Persching”) that is served, oddly enough, in a beer bottle. Those are the dry facts.

The legend goes like this: once upon a time, 200 years ago, a clumsy winemaker’s wife named Lotte had a bike accident, and the oranges she was carrying fell into a wine trough. Unaware of what had happened, her husband, Henry, stomped the grapes as usual and marveled at the strange orange color. Once Lotte had explained the mishap and Henry knew he didn’t want his harvest to go to waste, he proceeded to further process the pulpy mix into wine…. That’s Sechzisch Vierzisch’s own anecdote about the company’s creation.” Via Sturm und Drang

Almond Milk LA

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Almond Milk LA - Almond Milk made from Californian almonds. In a traditional glass bottle, and also possible to get delivered to the door step. If you haven’t tried Almond Milk before here are some ways to use it: ”Drink it straight with a cookie – it’s creamy and yummy and refreshing when chilled. Use it as a base for smoothies, pour it over cereal, or warm it on the stove on a cold night with another cookie. Almond milk is high in protein, vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, phyotchemicals, living enzymes, and healthy omega fatty acids including calcium, zinc, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, selenium, iron, B12, and potassium.”

Pressed Juicery

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Pressed Juicery was born out of the idea that in order to find fulfillment and balance each day, modern people need to be armed with a fresh set of tools that are simple, convenient, and tailored to their hectic schedules. We believe that everyone is entitled to live their best lives, but in order for this to happen, we need to get back to our roots. While the benefits of juicing are endless, we aim to cut through the confusion and condescension of so many health trends and get to the point: Our bodies require vital nutrients to function at their optimal levels.”

Swedish Kombucha

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Health should be simple. Kombucha is tea created by a fermentation process that has vitamins, good bacteria and antioxidants. All we have done is to put it in a pretty bottle for you. Kombucha is a carbonated health drink based on organic tea and contains living bacteria/yeast culture, B-vitamins, antioxidants, organic acidsand enzymes. It’s a fizzy and refreshing thirst quencher – a great alternative to Vitamin Water and energy drinks.

Emily Fruit Crisps

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Emily Fruit Crisps, a start-up brand targeted towards a female audience. Designed by Big Fish. ”Pack designs for ‘Emily Fruit Crisps’ – ‘all the goodness of fruit with the crunch of a crisp’. The brand was created by Big Fish for AWE Foods, a start-up business based in London. Targeted unapologetically at a female audience, Emily is an exciting, vibrant new entry into the ‘better for you’ snack market.”

Jugen Health Foods

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Designed by Anagrama. ”Jugen is a brand specializing in health foods and speciality juices that are made from all-natural ingredients. Jugen’s products are created with the purpose to cleanse, heal, and detoxify the body. Their design proposal took inspiration from ancient herbal medicine bottles. Anagrama added modules to provide a look that is clean and modern. For the interior design Anagrama created a space that is a mix between a bar and an apothecary shop. The lighting is mostly natural light from the sun and combined with the lush vegetation. The lab equipment flasks and the diverse books create a natural, warm, and inclusive space.”

Brezza Blend – Starbucks

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A new herbal bag made for Starbucks‘ Brezza Blend, by Starbucks

”The design’s geometric patterning is an interpretation of the sun’s rays and the heat of summer, also taking inspiration from textile patterns found in coffee-growing origins. We arranged blocks of color to suggest a mountainous coffee landscape, through which the sun’s rays shine. The bright color palette evokes the excitement and energy of spring and early summer and some of the ‘golden’ flavors of the coffee.” Via The Dieline

El Tejocote

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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.”

Ridna Marka Juice

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1st Place in the Non-Alcoholic Beverage category, The Dieline Awards 2014. ”Ridna Marka (Native Brand) is a new Ukrainian juice line consisting of four basic flavors: clear apple, orange, tomato and cloudy apple. The inspiration for design, as well as the brand name, has been taking from Soviet style of 60s and 70s. The idea was not just to recreate romantic “look and feel” of grocery in USSR and evoke childhood nostalgia for the older generation. Design should attract young people who know about that time only from the stories of their parents. It is a fact that the childhood memories are always the best. In this case we believe that retro products are perceived as guaranteed quality and particularly tasty.” Designed by Yurko Gutsulyak

Evian – La Goutte

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Danone Waters France launches la Goutte, 20 cl of evian that you can drink on the go by bying it directly from delivery tricycles or from unique places such as prestigious boutiques, spas, luxury resorts…

Norwegian Ambassadør

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”Packaging and identity for Norwegian Ambassadør, a premium vodka for the russian market. The design is based on the geometry of the cross within the norwegian flag. The use of ”Ø” in the name is a nod to the norwergian language and thus gives the brand a unique flair. Finalist in ‘Packaging Alcoholic Drinks’ category at European Design Awards 2013.”

Marou Chocolate Treasure

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Nice chocolate packaging, designed by Rice Creative, Vietnam. ”Marou Chocolate hand selected the finest cacao beans grown on small family-owned farms on the remote island of Tan Phu Dong (Đảo Kho Báu), stretching from the two northernmost arms of the Mekong Delta all the way into the sea. This is a truly the rarest of rare chocolate.

Production numbers are low due to the availability of this precious cacao. Rice Creative’s approach to the packaging was to maintain the primary elements of the brand, but introduce a different, more adventurous graphic language, with a vintage map of the area, and drawn calligraphy. We hoped to convey the spirit of discovery and rarity.”

Trending by Jonas Lundin

Jonas Lundin, Industrial Design Director and Brand Strategist at NINE, based in Stockholm, is writing about the new dawn for the stand-up pouch.

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”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.”

Good Apples Skoop Pouch Packaging Design

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.

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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.

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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.

Gazpacho Andaluz

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

Celebrate with milk

 A bottle of conventional milk served in a festive cava bottle. By Örange BCN

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 and sustainable techniques. In this way we can help preserve traditional methods and support independent local producers in Greece.”

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 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.”

Fortnum & Mason Premium Tea

Fortnum & Mason, famous for their fine teas, has introduced a premium range, designed by LRW, London. ”The brief for LRW was to create a concept that would draw on over 300 years of heritage with a strong appeal to international markets with a new iconic caddy shape. The new packaging was produced in a number of sizes including the large display caddies from which the loose tea is served. The retail consumer sized packaging were also required to become a ‘collectable’ and can be refilled. Via The Dieline

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 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

Åremjölk Micro Dairy

Åremjölk – Daily fresh milk from grass-fed cows. The milk is low pasteurized at a local dairy and delivered to the retailer ICA Åre, where it’s sold for 20 SEK/litre. The Customers fill their own bottle, 2dl or 1 L, from a dispenser machine. The milk comes from cows fed 70% with grass, instead of concentrate which usually is the main feed. Grass milk is healthier and also more costly for the farmer, because the cows can only produce half the amount of milk. Apparently the milk tastes delicious and it’s now up to the Åre Customers to decide if the ”Grass milk” is here to stay!

Migrant Whiskey

Designed by Chad Michael from New York. ”In early 2013, I was contacted by the Trautwein Distillery Company to help them develop their new brand ”Migrant”.
They’re a German based company who wanted to develop a brand concept on their late grandfather, Ken Trautwein, 1930′s immigration passport. The whiskey is made unique by using scottish blends from their next door neighbor in Speyside which are then aged in American Oak all the while being distilled in Germany. Truly a multi-cultural experience.”

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 it acknowledges their contribution both to their Clients and their Agencies.”

Think Global Eat Local

Katharina Kobsev is a student from Germany. Her bachelor thesis was to create a concept around food culture and sustainability. ””Think Global-Eat Local” is a collection of food and beverages with the focus on environmental protection. The aim of the bachelor thesis was was to bring awareness to this issue of food culture and the sustainability. The preferred purchase of local and seasonal food and beverages plus a proper handling can significantly contribute to the protection of the world´s resources. Because sustainability is not just about buying organic and fair trade, but consumer behaviour in general. The bachelor thesis includes the development of the concept, logo design, packaging, poster, and calender.”

Tosi Superbites

Packaging design for Tosi Superbites, organic, gluten-free snacks by Tosi Health based in California. Available in both cashew and almond varieties, each bar has just six ingredients, including golden flaxseed, white sesame seeds and chia seeds, and are flavored with sea salt and evaporated cane juice. Via Coolhunting

Design Study – Schweppes 230th Anniversary

On their own initiative French Toast have created this cool packaging, as a celebration to iconic Schweppes. ”This year, Schweppes celebrates their 230 years. We designed three bottles & cans, as limited edition. This is a design case study and in no way intented to harm any rights nor officially related to this or any other brand.”

”French Toast  is a multi-disciplinary interactive agency focused on creating strong artwork & fresh tasting webdesign. After working for various clients & studios as freelance designers, we decided to push our passion to the maximum and create our own agency”

Beijing 8

Brand identity and packaging for a Chinese restaurant, designed by Stockholm based Garbergs ProjectBeijing8 is a dumplings & tea restaurant chain for slow fast food with an organic state of mind. The design agency explains the idea as a combination of a simplistic scandinavian and colourful Chinese style. And they have been using clever and cost-efficient  packaging solutions.