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Hiballin’: It’s All About the Glass

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Hiball Energy Water Found at Fresh Market in Kenwood, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Most discussions about Hiball sparkling energy drinks focus on the caffeine content of the beverage. (With 7.5 mg of caffeine per fluid ounce, a 10 oz. bottle has 75 mg total and, per ounce, it has less caffeine than a Starbucks Double Shot, but, per item, more than a can of Coca-Cola Classic or a Hershey’s Special Dark Bar.)

What’s more compelling about this product is its bottle. It’s glass. And Hiball is proud of choosing glass instead of plastic. On the “About” page of their popping website (click on “Why glass?” on the bottom left), designed by Steve Holmes of Energi Design, they’ve included a link to a list of reasons why glass is more sustainable and healthier than PET. This is a message other brands might want to note. Not only is glass more sustainable, it’s also nontoxic, impermeable, nonporous, has a longer shelf life, more attractive, and it’s retro. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Sarah Froelich

August 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm

The Chippery: I wish it were a Kroger in-house package design

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The Chippery stamped chip bag

I’ve been waiting for a packaging upgrade for Kroger brand products in Cincinnati, and I was very excited to see this bag of The Chippery chips with the Kroger stamp at the Beechmont Ave. Kroger Marketplace. Alas, it turns out that The Chippery is responsible for this great look.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

May 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm

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The Sun Shines Here: 8th Continent Soymilk

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8th Continent Soymilk found at Foodtown in Sunnyside, Queens

When I saw 8th Continent Soymilk in the dairy aisle of my local supermarket, I was overjoyed, especially since I had already seen a brief post about this packaging design on lovelypackage. The jolly-faced sun on the front and the worn heart on the side recall my obsession for Alexander Girard’s work. This is the perfect culmination of folk art and white space for the kitchen and this packaging creates exactly the kind of feeling a consumer product should; it evokes emotion.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

July 20, 2010 at 7:46 pm

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Luxe or Lazy? Herr’s Ketchup Potato Chips

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Herr's Ketchup Potato Chips found @ Foodtown in Sunnyside, Queens, NY

This concept is new to me, but ketchup flavored potato chips have had a few manifestations. Frito-Lay and Old Dutch Foods Ltd. have produced them, and according to Wikipedia, Serbians favor the ketchup flavor. Even though at first it sounds too tangy and too salty, it makes perfect sense to dip chips in ketchup, because they’re a variation on french fries, only round and crispier. These chips, produced by Herr’s of Nottingham, Pennsylvania, have paired up with Heinz to simulate this chips-and-ketchup experience. My question: are we just too lazy to dip our chips in ketchup?
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Written by Sarah Froelich

June 17, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Posted in chips, Heinz, ketchup

Name That Produce!

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? Found in a Supermarket on Curaçao

The answer is…kòmkòmber chiki, a.k.a. cucumber native to Curaçao. This name is Papiamentu, the local language of Curaçao, Aruba, and Bonaire, and this fruit is often stewed with chicken, pork, braised goat meat, and even iguana meat. Select this link for a recipe (scroll a little more than half way down the page).

n.b. This version of cucumber is not like the cucumber used in salads. A good substitute would be green papaya or green beans.

Hello! It’s time to play another round and this episode is brought to you from the Caribbean. Each of these are about an inch and a half long and about an inch in diameter. Leave your guess in the comment area above.

Written by Sarah Froelich

May 11, 2010 at 7:52 pm

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Fresh Code

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Fresh Code

It is truly frustrating to buy produce, bring it home, and find that it is either rotten or tastes old. Fresh Code is a barcode sticker system, designed by Sisi Yuan, Yiwu Qiu, Lei Zhao, Qiulei Huang, Lijun Zhang & Weihang Shu, that uses the barcode to indicate freshness. The best feature: if the produce is too old, the barcode has disappeared and it can’t be scanned and therefore can’t be sold. Questionable feature: a freshness barcode based on time, like a water filter timer, may not be accurate for all kinds of products.

Written by Sarah Froelich

April 1, 2010 at 10:37 am

Posted in design, packaging, produce

A Renewal for renu: bestgroceries Enters the Bathroom

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The new clear bottle of renu "fresh" multi-purpose solution

The new translucent bottle of renu multi-purpose solution

It’s about time for bestgroceries to get down and dirty, or clean and smooth, and take a look at some products that usually appear in the bathroom. First item today: Bausch + Lomb’s renewal of ReNu MultiPlus Solution, which is now renu multi-purpose solution.

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Written by Sarah Froelich

January 22, 2010 at 10:42 am

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