LiquiGlideOrkla ASA – a Norwegian company in Oslo, could be the first to use an innovative food packaging marketed by LiquiGlide Inc. of Cambridge.
Using a slippery coating technology, this packaging material encourages viscous liquids to flow faster.
This reduces waste caused by contents sticking to a container while saving consumers’ time.
It’s interesting to note that Orkla ASA is a $3.9 billion branded consumer goods company. It is a major food supplier for bakery, takeout and grocery markets in the Baltic countries, Nordic countries, and regions of India and central Europe.
LiquiGlide started its journey in 2012 with the license of a slick coating technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Though it’s not into manufacturing, it researches and develops coatings, which are customized according to applications.
Before LiquiGlide’s Orkla agreement on June 30, the company had announced a licensing agreement in March with Elmer’s Products Inc – a glue and adhesives maker.
More About LiquiGlide’s Packaging System
This system includes a solid layer on the container’s interior with a liquid layer atop it.
Thanks to capillary forces, the liquid layer sticks firmly to the solid layer and stays in place when the contents of a container are emptied.
This solid and liquid layer can be made from absolutely safe food ingredients like vegetable oils.
This will make the system suitable for packaging of food products.
LiquiGlide has a collection of hundreds of material choices for these coatings. This allows it to modify coating characteristics based on every application.
Spray coating equipment, similar to the ones used to coat the inside of aluminium bottles or cans, can be used for applying LiquiGlide’s coatings.
Since these coatings can be easily washed out in caustic soda baths, usually used to clean containers in recycling lines, they won’t hinder recycling of bottles or cans with LiquiGlide’s coatings.
According to LiquiGlide’s co-founder and CEO Dave Smith, coating material costs are likely to be extremely low as the system uses inexpensive, commonly available materials. He predicted the cost to be possibly a cent or less for each 12-ounce bottle.
However, he didn’t provide any estimates of other costs, such as for licensing or spray coating equipment.
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