Soft Drinks explained in one graph

This post might lack a clear connection to packaging but it is such an interesting piece of work made by Philip H. Howard at Michigan State University. He has recorded and plotted the flora and fauna of soft drinks available in the Michigan area.

I can’t say that I agree with his point, which is that the variety and choice of soft drinks for the consumer is more imagined than for real when you look at the owner structure. But I like the way he has meticulously recorded and then visually displayed the universe of soft drinks. One of the best overviews I have seen.

Canned Food Bicentennial

The food can is 200 years old this year. That is an amazing thought that it is still around, basically the same as in those days. In 1810 Napoleon get divorced, Beethoven writes Fur Elise and Peter Durand invents the food can.

Still here but now highly efficiently light weighted and produced from aluminium or steel, shaped and fitted with easy opening lids. The can is facing stiff competition from both rigid and flexible plastic alternatives and also carton based solutions are taking shares.

But the food can is still here, actually 33% lighter than 20 years ago, and going strong. But also on a day like this you have to think about the glass bottle, that has been around for 5000 years now…