Accessible Packaging Roundup

Accessible packaging incorporates design features that make it easy for everyone to open and use products. Accessible packaging design elements include Braille labels and tactile features for those with visual impairments and easy-open mechanisms for those struggling with strength and dexterity issues. These and other accessible packaging features are a win for consumers of all ages and abilities and a win for brands. Consumers gain a better product experience, and brands reap the benefits of increased customer loyalty and expanded market reach.

While many food and beverage brands are aware of the importance of accessible packaging, more companies need to take action, prioritizing accessible packaging to ensure that easy to open and use products are widely available on store shelves.

Here’s a quick look at how several brands are prioritizing accessible packaging solutions and demonstrating their commitment to inclusivity:

– Nestlé’s Orzoro 120g package won the Italian Packaging Institute’s “Best Packaging 2024” award in the “accessibility” category. The product was recognized for its easy-to-use ergonomic packaging design as well as the resealable and easily removable lid which features two lateral grip tabs. The Orzoro package also contains basic information on the product in Braille for the blind and visually impaired.

Source: Beekman 1802

– Beekman 1802 is now offering its Bloom Cream Daily Face Moisturizer in a convenient new tube format that’s more accessible to all. The original Bloom Cream required two hands to apply. The new tube allows the cream to be applied with just one hand, eliminating barriers for people with disabilities.

– To help users with visual impairments set up Sony BRAVIA Theatre home audio products, a raised square frame on the package indicates a QR code for the BRAVIA Connect app, which offers screen reader support.

Sixth City Sauce became the fifth brand to adopt the EEASY Lid, elevating the accessibility of their products and providing consumers with the best experience. The EEASY Lid will top all Sixth City Sauce products sold in stores across the Northeast Ohio region. The first jar lid innovation in nearly 80 years, the EEASY Lid provides unparalleled accessibility, reducing the amount of torque needed to twist off a jar lid by up to 50%.

Creating accessible products that meet the needs of all consumers should be priority number one for all brands. Innovative packaging solutions designed for accessibility – like the EEASY Lid – stand ready to help brands embed accessibility in their products.  

Contact us today to learn more about how the EEASY Lid can make your packaging accessible, inclusive and user friendly. 

Product Innovation Heating up in 2024: Is Your Brand’s Packaging Ahead of the Curve?

A recent R&D and Product Innovation in the Food and Beverage Industry survey by TraceGains revealed that 76% of the global food and beverage leaders surveyed are planning to increase their new product development spend in 2024, a 12% jump over last year. According to the report, rising environmental social governance (ESG) awareness is one of the factors fueling innovation, with 48% of leaders believing that sustainable packaging will be a large innovation driver in the months ahead.

With increasing consumer demand for sustainably packaged products, more and more brands are rethinking their packaging strategies and focusing on getting ahead of the packaging innovation curve with eco-friendly packaging solutions.

Brands want to accelerate packaging innovation – but there are some challenges. Research by Industrial Physics found that while the overwhelming majority of food and beverage packaging professionals (96%) feel that it is important for companies to explore new packaging developments, two of the biggest challenges in packaging innovation are current testing standards (71%) and the high cost of expertise (62%). Survey respondents cited waste reduction (57%) and sustainability (55%) as two of the top goals for packaging innovation.

Source: Industrial Physics

To succeed in an increasingly competitive landscape, companies can’t afford to lag behind on packaging innovation. This is especially true when it comes to sustainable packaging innovations. Today, environmentally friendly packaging solutions translate to revenue-enhancing brand value and brand loyalty among a growing number of eco-conscious consumers.

Brands can meet consumer demand for sustainably packaged products without investing in years of expensive R&D and testing. The solution is CCT’s EEASY Lid. CCT has already done the legwork, investing in eight years of R&D and rigorous testing to develop the world’s first aluminum lug jar lid – a completely new product that is setting a new precedent for sustainability in the packaging industry.

The recyclable EEASY Lid protects the quality and safety of jarred products while elevating sustainability and brand appeal.

The first jar lid innovation in nearly 80 years, the EEASY Lid not only encompasses sustainability but provides an unprecedented level of accessibility as well. Uniquely designed to make jars up to 50% easier to open, the accessible EEASY Lid allows brands to enhance the consumer experience and stand out on grocery store shelves.

The EEASY Lid puts companies ahead of the packaging innovation curve with a ready to go, cutting-edge sustainable and accessible packaging solution. Don’t lag behind on packaging innovation, contact us today.

Sustainable Packaging Roundup

Driven by consumer demand and corporate environment, social and governance (ESG) commitments, the sustainable packaging market continues to grow. According to, the global sustainable packaging market valued at $319.62 billion in 2023 is expected to grow to $491.75 billion in 2029.

To meet consumer preferences for sustainable packaging and products, lower their carbon footprint, and comply with evolving regulations, brands are turning to high-performance, eco-friendly packaging innovations like the EEASY Lid.

Source: Wella

Here’s a roundup of the latest news on how brands are making their packaging more sustainable:

Wella Company, which offers hair and nail products to the beauty industry, introduced a revamped and more sustainable version of its WELLOXON PERFECT salon color developer. According to the company, the new bottle design features an innovative multi-layer molding technology that enables replacing virgin plastic with up to 70% of post-consumer recycled plastic. This packaging is projected to save approximately 90 metric tons of plastic per year compared to the previous product.

Capri Sun debuted a new recyclable pouch in March that is five times lighter than a similar volume PET bottle and saves 2,300 tons of aluminum every year versus the old pouch. The company notes that is equivalent to 383 full-grown elephants!

The Coca-Cola Company is now using less plastic across its beverage offerings in the U.S. and Canada. The company recently introduced lighter-weight bottles for its sparkling beverages, including the 12-, 16.9- and 20-ounce sizes of Coca-Cola, Sprite and Fanta. The company is also testing this approach on its two-liter and 24-ounce PET bottles. According to the company, the rollout of these new lighter weight bottles will occur throughout 2024, reducing the use of new plastic by the equivalent of about 800 million bottles in 2025 compared to 2024. 

Monterey Mushrooms recently announced that the company will be making a significant change to enhance the recyclability of its mushroom packaging by incorporating near-infrared (NIR) sortable material in their recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate (rPET) thermoformed tills. The company’s rPET tills are produced using 100% post-consumer recycled materials sourced entirely from North America to reduce plastic waste in landfills and contribute to a circular economy. The use of NIR sortable colorant ensures that the packaging can be properly sorted and recycled into new products. 

PepsiCo’s Walkers UK crisp brand rolled out new recycled packaging for its Sunbites product range. The new packaging is made with 50% recycled plastic that has been sourced using a mass balance approach. This means buying and using sufficient mass-balanced recycled plastic material to eliminate 200 tons of fossil-based plastic across Sunbites packaging by the end of 2025.

Source: Flow

Flow Beverage announced its most sustainable Tetra Pak package yet, with over 80% renewable materials, and sealed with an improved sugarcane-based cap. The company said that the new Tetra Pak carton replaces traditional polymers with bio-based ones and contains post-consumer recycled content for the first time.

Some other interesting developments on the sustainable packaging front include news that South Dakota State University researchers are working to create packaging film made out of banana peels, and UK startup Bpacks is turning agricultural and wood waste into 100% biodegradable, recyclable and compostable packaging materials.

CCT’s EEASY Lid is a sustainable packaging innovation that can help brands meet growing consumer demand for sustainably packaged products. Made of recyclable aluminum, the EEASY Lid is packaging optimized to reduce waste and contribute to a circular economy. With the EEASY Lid, brands can lower their carbon footprint, more easily comply with evolving regulatory requirements and standards, enhance brand image and increase consumer loyalty.

To learn more about the sustainable packaging advantages of the EEASY Lid, contact us today!

Let’s Rewind: Reintroducing CCT

Let’s pause and rewind to look back at how CCT came to be and the people, milestones, and innovations that have shaped the success of the company to date.

How it all started

Consumer Convenience Technologies (CCT) came to be because of one simple question – why isn’t there a way to make opening jars easier? This question was posed by CCT’s co-founder’s friend Dawn Reall when she was recovering from breast cancer surgery. This started Jim Bach and the late Pete Stodd on an eight-year research and development journey focused on providing an easier, better jar opening experience for consumers. The result is the EEASY Lid. The first jar lid innovation in 80 years, the EEASY Lid makes jars up to 50% easier to open.

Solving the age-old problem of opening stubborn jar lids which has plagued consumers ever since the jar lid was invented, the EEASY Lid is inclusive packaging that makes jarred products more accessible to everyone.

With the patented EEASY Lid, consumers just press a button on the lid to release the vacuum seal which makes opening jars a breeze.

Leading the charge

Jim Bach, CCT managing partner and Brandon Bach, CCT president are at the helm of our company, leading the charge to make the EEASY Lid available on products across the globe.

From concept to commercial availability, Jim and Brandon have been working to ramp up production, increase awareness of the EEASY Lid and market this accessible, sustainable packaging innovation nationally and internationally to stores, brands, fillers, and manufacturers.  

The journey to commercial availability

Developing an innovative product like the EEASY Lid required a lot of trial and error. Over an eight-year span, 40 different combinations and tools were used to try and make the design of the EEASY Lid work with steel. Then came the pivot to making the lid out of aluminum to avoid the corrosion issue associated with lids made out of steel. This was a massive pivot that resulted in the world’s first aluminum lug lid – a completely new product that changed the packaging industry, setting a new precedent for sustainability in this sector.  

After the EURKEA! moment of creating the EEASY Lid, work began on testing the lid. Rigorous testing by the Cornell University Department of Food Science confirms that the EEASY Lid ensures the safety and stability of food products hot-filled into glass containers and provides a stable hermetic seal. In other words, our innovative EEASY Lid provides the high-performance packaging protection food manufacturers need to ensure the highest quality, safety, and integrity of their jarred products.  

After successful rounds of food safety and consumer sentiment testing, the EEASY Lid was commercially introduced in November 2019.

Innovations and milestones along the way

Since the launch of the EEASY Lid in 2019, we continue to innovate and achieve milestones.

Here’s a quick look at a few of these exciting innovations and milestones:

– We introduced the world’s first aluminum lug lid in 2021.

– In 2021, we began producing the aluminum lug EEASY Lids at our 12,000 square foot, state-of-the-art technology center in Dayton, Ohio. This manufacturing facility has the ability to produce 300 million EEASY LIDs every year.

– In 2022, we expanded capabilities to include manufacturing line assessments designed to help companies accommodate the EEASY Lid in their production lines.

– The EEASY Lid was introduced to the European market in May 2023 with EDEKA Kempken becoming the first European grocer to adopt the EEASY Lid.

– In January 2023, Forbes featured the EEASY Lid in an article headlined Why CCT Is Working To ‘Say Goodbye To Hard-To-Open Lids.

– The EEASY Lid earned honorable mention in Fast Company’s 2023 Innovation by Design Awards in the Best Packaging Design of 2023 category. This category honored projects that use materials, graphics, and industrial design to solve packaging problems. 

– This year, Sixth City Sauce became the fifth brand to adopt the EEASY Lid. Today, consumers can find the EEASY Lid on products in over 250 Wegmans, Stop & Shop, Price Chopper, and Tops Friendly Markets stores.

Keeping the momentum going

We are working hard to keep the momentum going, mission-driven to make jar lids easier to open for everyone.

Today, we are working to expand into other jar lid sizes beyond the currently available 63 mm EEASY Lid (the size of an average pasta sauce jar) to other sizes such as the 82 mm lid, often used on pickle jars.

We are also in talks with major grocers, brands, and manufacturers across the globe, looking to expand EEASY Lid availability into additional stores this year. 

We see the EEASY Lid on products worldwide. Awareness of the EEASY Lid is growing, fueling increasing interest in our product. In the next two to three years our aim is to max out our first production line and move on to building our second and third lines. 

Food for Thought: Love of Pasta Dishes Heats Up Pasta Sauce Market

Americans love pasta dishes. A recent survey by the National Pasta Association (NPA) found that 73% of respondents said they ate pasta at least once a week or more. According to the NPA, the average American consumes approximately 20 pounds of pasta annually. That adds up to nearly 6 billion pounds of pasta consumed in the U.S. each year.

Easy to make, great tasting and affordable, pasta dishes are a go-to meal with pasta and pasta sauces a staple in nearly every pantry. It’s no surprise that the popularity of these dishes continues to heat up.

According to a Global Market Insights (GMI) report, the pasta sauce market was valued at $1.95 billion in 2023 and is projected to expand at an 8% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2024 to 2032. The report noted that one of the most significant drivers of the demand for pasta sauce is “the enduring appeal of pasta dishes as a versatile and convenient meal option.”

Source: Global Market Insights

Consumers love the time-savings and flavor-enhancing benefits of pasta sauce. They also love the wide range of sauces available on store shelves, from marinara to roasted garlic to tomato basil to mushroom and many more. Pairing their favorite sauce with their favorite type of pasta (there are reportedly 600 different types of pasta in various shapes and sizes) results in a simple yet delicious meal.

We think one of the best explanations for the growth of the pasta sauce market is that consuming pasta makes people happy. The Behavior and Brain Lab at Italy’s Free University of Languages and Communication IULM conducted a study to understand how and why people are happy when they eat a plate of pasta. Researchers found that eating pasta causes a positive emotional-cognitive state – similar to the happiness experienced when doing favorite activities such as listening to music or watching sports.

When it comes to pasta sauce (and any other jarred product), what makes consumers most happy is being able to open the jar without a struggle. They want an easy-to-open jar that allows them to save time in the process of preparing their favorite meals.

The EEASY Lid, the first jar lid innovation in nearly eight decades, is a time-saver that allows customers to open a vacuum-sealed jar by simply pressing a button on the lid. This reduces the force required to twist off the lid by up to 50%. That makes consumers happy, and when consumers are happy, they become repeat purchasers.

Today, consumers are happy to see the EEASY Lid topping some of their favorite pasta sauces and other jarred products available in hundreds of grocery stores across the U.S. and Germany.

Contact us today to learn more about how your brand can make consumers happy and heat up sales with the EEASY Lid.

Earth Day 2024: The Planet Needs Sustainable Packaging Options Now

Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22, is a reminder of our collective responsibility to protect the planet through environmental conservation and sustainability. It also highlights the critical need for brands to move to more sustainable packaging solutions and for consumers to prioritize purchasing more sustainably packaged products.

According to, the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970 and, since then, has evolved into the largest civic event on Earth, “activating billions across 192 countries to safeguard our planet and fight for a brighter future.”

The global theme of Earth Day 2024 is “Planet vs. Plastics,” which calls for a plastic-free planet and demands a 60% reduction in the production of plastics by 2040. 


Plastic packaging and other types of product packaging are an environmentally damaging problem, making up a major portion of municipal solid waste (MSW). According to the most recent data available from the EPA, containers and packaging amount to 82.2 million tons of MSW generation – 28.1% of total generation.

While packaging is an essential component for protecting food products, it doesn’t have to be so damaging to the environment to get the job done. There are innovative, sustainable packaging solutions that can reduce the environmental impact of packaging and meet growing consumer demand for more eco-friendly products.

The software designed EEASY Lid is one of these innovative solutions. Made of lightweight, strong, durable, and infinitely recyclable aluminum, the EEASY Lid is a packaging solution designed to help the food packaging industry reduce its carbon footprint and promote a more sustainable future. Recyclable packaging solutions like the EEASY Lid can be diverted from the waste stream and used to create new items. And because it is lightweight, the EEASY Lid makes shipping more efficient, saving on the fuel needed for transport and reducing harmful carbon emissions. These sustainable attributes are good for the Earth, good for brands and good for consumers.

On Earth Day and every day, eco-friendly packaging solutions like the EEASY Lid are an imperative to help protect the planet and should be the packaging standard on store shelves. Brands can do their part to protect the earth and mitigate the environmental crisis by adopting sustainable packaging solutions. Consumers can also do their part in protecting the environment by using their purchasing power to select products in sustainable packaging.

American novelist, poet, essayist, and environmental activist Wendell Berry said: “The Earth is what we all have in common.”

Let’s make protecting the planet we call home something else we all have in common.

The EEASY Lid: Packaging with Universal Appeal That Sells Products

The EEASY Lid is universally appealing to all types of consumers. Busy on-the-go parents, cooking enthusiasts, sustainably minded consumers, and people who value or depend on easy-to-open packaging can all benefit from the EEASY Lid.

Here’s a more in-depth look at why convenience, sustainability, and ease of use in product packaging make the EEASY Lid universally appealing to consumers and a key brand differentiator that has the power to increase sales.

Convenience and time savings

Busy parents and cooking enthusiasts don’t have time to struggle with hard to open packaging. Time savings and efficiency are at the top of their list when it comes to selecting products for meal preparation. Jar lids that are too tight and hard to open are a major source of annoyance and a sure fire way to drive time-strapped consumers to products that provide a hassle-free opening experience designed to make meal prep easier.

Consumers are spending more on products that save time and effort. A report from business intelligence and market research firm Euromonitor revealed that from 2017-2022, consumer spending on convenience-related products and services grew an average of 24% each year. The firm noted that time is money and “consumers are willing to spend on products and services that save time and make life easier.”

Source: Euromonitor

The EEASY Lid allows consumers to access jarred products quickly and without frustration. That convenient, hassle-free experience attracts and retains customers and positively influences brand perception.


Consumers today expect brands to use sustainable packaging. They look for products packaged in recyclable materials that minimize packaging waste and reduce environmental impact.

A recent survey by supply chain management company Blue Yonder found that interest in sustainability is growing at a steady pace, with 47% of consumers reporting that their interest in shopping sustainably has greatly or slightly increased in the last year. According to this survey, consumers are willing to spend more for sustainable products, with 40% of respondents saying they would pay up to an additional 5%, and 25% saying they would pay an additional 10% or more. When it comes to the methods brands use to improve sustainability, consumers cited using recycled content or recycled packaging as an important environmental practice a retailer or brand should adopt.

Made of recyclable aluminum, the EEASY Lid helps brands connect with sustainably minded consumers and influences purchases.

Ease of use for all ages and abilities

Food packaging that prioritizes accessibility for all consumers makes it easier for consumers to prepare and enjoy meals and improves safety by minimizing the need for dangerous product opening hacks involving knives and other inadvisable tools.

Making products accessible and easy to use has the power to help brands increase market share by attracting and engaging consumers of all ages and abilities.

The unparalleled accessibility of the EEASY Lid reduces the amount of torque needed to twist off a jar lid by up to 50%. The first jar lid innovation in nearly 80 years, the EEASY Lid makes products more appealing to every consumer who has ever struggled to open a stubborn jar lid. That includes pretty much everyone – a large addressable market indeed!

Contact us today to learn more about how the EEASY Lid can make your product universally appealing to consumers to help drive sales.

Accessible Packaging Roundup

Accessible packaging makes products more user friendly for people of all ages and abilities. Packaging that is accessible and easy to use not only benefits consumers but is a critical differentiator for brands in a competitive marketplace. Recognizing this, brands are increasingly making the shift to accessible packaging to meet the needs of a diverse customer base, ensure inclusivity and widen the appeal of their products.

Here’s a roundup of some of the most recent developments in accessible packaging:

Source: PlayStation

Sony PlayStationSony PlayStation recently released a controller designed for people with disabilities. In the process of designing this new controller, the company also created packaging that is more accessible. Designed to be openable with one hand, the controller packaging features convenient loops that can be pulled from the left or right side, and additional loops on the inside to help open the boxes and make it easy to slide the controller out. A single layer of compartments conveniently organize the various kit components for easy access and identification.

Kellanova – NaviLens technology was added to Pringles cans last year to make them more accessible to blind and partially sighted people. The new packaging allows a smartphone to easily detect the unique on-pack code and playback labeling information to shoppers with sight loss. NaviLens first appeared on some Pringles varieties in November of last year, with the full rollout to be completed by the end of 2024.

Quorn – In August 2023, Quorn launched its Tomato & Mozzarella Escalopes and Mini Vegan Sausage Rolls with NaviLens technology to support a more inclusive shopping experience for visually impaired consumers. These products are the first of 42 Quorn products that will be rolled out with this technology over the next 12 months.

Millie – This makeup brand’s Liquid Confidence Mascara is designed so that it can be applied either vertically or horizontally, to aid those with mobility issues.

Chilau FoodsChilau Foods partnered with CCT to make the packaging of its full line of Southern-inspired stew bases more accessible. The first jar lid innovation in over 75 years, the patented EEASY Lid allows customers to open a vacuum-sealed jar by simply pressing a button on the lid, which reduces the force required to twist off the lid by up to 50%. Chilau products featuring the EEASY Lid will be available in nearly 350 stores across the U.S. in the coming months.

Chilau and other brands are adopting the EEASY Lid to make their packaging more accessible, differentiate their products in a crowded marketplace, enhance the customer experience and capture new market segments.

Does your brand packaging do all that? Contact us today to learn more about the innovative, accessible EEASY Lid.

Sixth City Sauce Becomes the Latest Brand to Adopt the EEASY Lid

We have some exciting news to share this month as Cleveland-based Sixth City Sauce becomes the latest brand to adopt the EEASY Lid. The EEASY Lid will be on all Sixth City Sauce products sold in 11 new stores throughout the northeast Ohio region.

A fixture in the Cleveland region since 1912, Sixth City Sauce is a family-owned business that was born from a legacy of community and good food. The family has been feeding people in the Cleveland region for generations.

Commenting on the partnership with CCT, Vicki Camardo, owner of Sixth City Sauce said: “As a family-owned business, we want what’s best for our customers as we would want what’s best for our family – and that includes accessible packaging. Using the EEASY Lid on our products will ensure we are meeting our consumers’ needs and providing them with the best experience, from opening our jars to sitting down together as a family to eat.”

Sixth City Sauce is the fifth brand to adopt the EEASY Lid. Today, consumers can find the EEASY Lid on products in over 250 Wegmans, Stop & Shop, Price Chopper and Tops Friendly Markets stores, in addition to select specialty grocers in the Northeast. The EEASY Lid is also being used on products in EDEKA Kempken stores in Krefeld, Germany. It will soon be sold on products in an additional 350 stores across the U.S. by Q2 2024.

As an Ohio-based company, this partnership with Sixth City Sauce is especially meaningful to CCT because it allows us to bring the EEASY Lid to products in our home region for the first time.

CCT produces the 63 mm lug EEASY Lid at its 16,000 square foot, state-of-the-art technology center at the company’s headquarters in Dayton, Ohio. CCT has the capability to produce roughly 800 aluminum lug EEASY Lids per minute – more than 250 million annually.

Forward thinking brands continue to adopt the EEASY Lid to differentiate their jarred products by offering a more accessible, enhanced consumer experience. Interested in making your product packaging a competitive differentiator that helps drive sales? Contact us today.

What’s Happening: European Union Packaging Regulation Update and CCT in Europe

In early March, the European Union (EU) Parliament and Council reached a provisional agreement on revamped rules to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging, increase safety, and boost the circular economy.

A press release announcing the agreement noted that the “new measures aim to make packaging used in the EU safer and more sustainable, by requiring all packaging to be recyclable, minimizing the presence of harmful substances, reducing unnecessary packaging, boosting the uptake of recycled content and improving collection and recycling.”

The agreement sets packaging reduction targets of 5% by 2030, 10% by 2035, and 15% by 2040 and requires EU countries to reduce, in particular, the amount of plastic packaging waste.

Data published by Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU revealed that in 2021, the EU generated 188.7 kg (412 pounds) of packaging waste per inhabitant, 10.8 kg (23 pounds) more per person than in 2020, the biggest increase in 10 years. In total, the EU generated 84 million tons of packaging waste in 2021.

Source: EuroStat

The EU Parliament and Council need to formally approve the agreement before it can go into effect.

As lawmakers in the EU work to address the problem of packaging waste, CCT’s recyclable EEASY Lid is helping brands align with the region’s new regulations. Made of recyclable aluminum, the EEASY Lid allows brands to future-proof their packaging to meet evolving environmental regulations in the EU and across the globe.

Last year, the EEASY Lid was introduced to the European market for the first time when EDEKA Kempken, a family-owned German grocer, launched the EEASY Lid on its private label pasta sauces in select stores in Krefeld.

To continue advancing CCT’s momentum in the EU, CCT representative Friedrich Berlemann was recently on deck at Anuga FoodTec in Cologne, Germany, to network and meet with potential partners. Anuga FoodTec is the world’s only supplier fair that covers all aspects of food and beverage production – from process technology to food safety and packaging.

CCT president Brandon Bach noted that the positive response to the EEASY Lid from potential partners across Europe has been nothing short of incredible.

Packaging regulations are evolving across the globe. Is your packaging ready to comply? Contact us today to learn more about future proofing your packaging with the EEASY Lid.