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Flexible Packaging and Source Reduction

Is flexible packaging as sustainable as it claims to be? Yes flexible packaging is manufactured using less plastic than rigid packaging resulting in less plastic to transport and dispose of, but flexible packaging’s sustainability may not be as straightforward as perceived.

 

Flexible packaging advocates boast its sustainable advantages, which are mainly true, however if these claims are exaggerated they could result in serious backlash. Unfortunately the method for quantifying sustainability is subjective. Flexible packaging’s source reduction can be a competitive advantage. Although the more easily quantifiable benefits, such as storage and transport, might reside more with supply chains than with the consumer.

 

To win the consumer, companies should make true product sustainability claims. Companies should avoid overselling product sustainability claims and expect consumers to think of sustainability as a tie breaker when all other factors are equivalent.

 

Growth for flexible packaging could be attributed to the utilization of technologies to provide competitive advantages. Examples of this are innovations that allow for multilayer structures for better barrier protection, the ability to create an interlocking strip system to store product for long periods of time without exposure, and producing see-through packaging for product visibility.

 

To read the entire article please visit:

http://www.greenerpackage.com/source_reduction/flexible_packaging_and_source_reduction

 

Source: Greener Package

Five Key Trends Shaping Food and Beverage Packaging

Lifestyles and eating habits of the population today have drastically changed compared to prior years. Demographic changes, such as fewer married couples, more people living alone, smaller household sizes and multi-generational households are impacting packaging developments. The shift in consumer attitude and lifestyle has effected behaviors regarding food and beverage packaging. One of the five new trends includes targeting millennials who have shown more interest and brand loyalty to fresher and/or organic products that are typically found on the parameter of the grocery store. Second, smaller packages have proven a bigger trend. Smaller households or those living alone have more of a demand for smaller or single-serve packaged meals or multiple packaged snack packs. Third, convenient packaging has been a big selling point in snack foods. Ease of opening, reclosing, and portability have been an influence on the packaging. Fourth, transparent packaging. The ability to see ones food prior to buying has had huge influence on the food industry. The demand for more transparency in the food industry has been of grave importance to the consumer, both figuratively and literally. Lastly, eco-friendly packaging options have huge appeal to consumers as of late.

 

For further reading, please visit http://www.packworld.com/package-design/strategy/5-key-trends-shaping-food-and-beverage-packaging

 

Source: Packaging World

GualaPack Group strenghens its presence in China

The GualapackGroup has successfully completed the acquisition of substantially higher stakes in two Chinese flexible packaging companies: Guangzhou Secure Packaging Co., Ltd. in Guangdong and Secure HY Packaging Co., Ltd., in Jiangsu.

With this move the Group strengthens its pouch manufacturing and laminates production capacities as a complete provider on the Chinese, Far East Asian & Pacific markets, in collaboration with its longstanding Japanese partner Hosokawa Yoko Co., Ltd.

The reinforced production network will offer new business development opportunities in the region, as well as a future-oriented product portfolio in attractive segments other than for the food, cosmetic and pharmaceutical markets to our customers.

The GualapackGroup is the world leader of spouted pouches and filling machinery and a key global player of the flexible packaging industry. To date, it operates with direct manufacturing sites in Europe (4), Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS, 1), Latin America (1) and through joint ventures in the USA (1) and the Far East (2).

Source: World Press Online

Growth and fragmentation in flexibles gives brands food for thought

Flexible packaging is finding new applications for consumers, currently pouches and other flexibles are involved in snacking from adults to toddlers. They are finding a wide range of products to target every consumer. Flexible packaging is offering unique shapes, functions, and convenience. Quite literally, this form of packaging is presenting its self as flexible for the needs of many industries. The flexible packaging industry is not pigeon holing either, the genius of the product is that it is flexible for those looking to convert, and those who are looking to be innovative and differentiate their product.

Between 2012 and 2013, the use of pouches for snacks grew 7%, the use of pouches for sauces and seasonings saw growth of 20%. Over the past decade, pouches have become quite the competition for traditional rigid packaging and has been embraced by U.S. consumers for the ease of use and accessibility. Going forward, we can count of seeing innovative designs, convenient uses, and easy storing.

To read the full article please visit: http://www.packagingdigest.com/flexible-packaging/growth-and-fragmentation-in-flexibles-gives-brands-food-for-thought140731

Source: Packaging Digest

Packaging company Gualapack plans expansion

Italian flexible packaging company Gualapack is extending its international reach with plans to further grow its newly launched production plant in Latin America.

The company, already manufacturing through plants and partnerships in Europe, China, Japan and the US, expects to expand output at its facility in Costa Rica and increase the workforce fourfold from 30 to 160 by 2017.

It was in September last year that Castellazzo Bormida-based Gualapack formally opened its latest unit of 2,600 square metres in the Costa Rican capital San José. The group’s first plant in the region will turn out Gualapack’s full ‘Cheerpack DP’ spouted stand-up food and beverage pouch range.

Gualapack Costa Rica intends to penetrate Central and South America including Honduras, Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile.

The group, formed from the 2010 merger of two Italian flexpack suppliers Gualapack and Piacenza-based Safta, has three production units in Italy as well as joint ventures Secure Packaging in China, Cheer Pack North America and a partnership in Japan.

Child safe and child friendly ‘Cheerpack DP’ pouches are used for baby food, fruit purée, use its anti-choking ‘BabyCap’, and also have applications for dairy snacks, sauces, condiments and beverages, said Gualapack.

Apart from Italy, the firm operates a plant at Nadab in Romania which it established a little over two years ago.

Source: European Plastics News

Flexible packaging to exceed $18 billion by 2015 in US

Gains in flexible packaging will reflect a rebound in the U.S. economy and will be supported by cost, performance and source reduction advantages over most rigid packaging formats, according to a new report from ReportsnReports. Rising demand for convenience-oriented and other further processed food items, which often use more costly higher barrier packaging materials for extended shelf life, will also propel growth in the U.S. converted flexible packaging market.

Converted flexible packaging’s source reduction capabilities will be increasingly advantageous in light of initiatives by major retailers and packaged goods firms to evaluate the packaging used by their suppliers in terms of eco-friendliness and cost reduction.

Pouches to exhibit above average annual gains
Above-average gains for pouches will be driven by continued conversions to stand-up pouches and healthy gains for flat pouches in a number of markets. Demand will also benefit from the presence of convenience features (such as zippers, spouts) and the emergence of new applications and product types (such as flat-bottomed, side-gusseted pouches and hybrid pouch/folding carton products).

In addition, stick pouches will experience rapid growth in single-portion packaging uses based on advantages of product differentiation and portability. Growth for bags will increase at a faster pace than in the 2005-2010 period based on an expected recovery in the U.S. economy from the 2007-2009 recession. However, gains will lag the overall converted flexible packaging average due to the maturity of many applications along with competition from pouches and rigid packaging.

While demand for paper bags and sacks will be constrained by performance limitations relative to plastic bags and sacks, growing efforts by packaged goods firms to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability will lead to some degree of renewed interest in paper, which possesses such qualities as renewability, recyclability and compostability.

Demographic, eating trends to benefit food applications
Above-average growth in food applications will be driven by the need for more costly films for extended shelf life along with demographic trends such as increased numbers of single-person and empty nest households and households where all adults work. These trends will boost demand for food in smaller package sizes and more convenient foods designed to reduce food preparation time.

Trends toward healthier eating and increased “on-the-run” eating will spur food manufacturers to expand their offerings of products, especially snacks, baked goods and beverages, in single-serving packages. Such products require more packaging than standard packages of similar items.

The fastest growing food packaging markets for converted flexible packaging will be beverage, meat and related products, and snack food uses. In nonfood applications, advances will be led by above-average gains in the pharmaceutical and medical product markets based on heightened barrier requirements, cost and convenience advantages, and adaptability to growing unit-of-use requirements. Moreover, benefits including product visibility, pilferage protection and good barrier properties will support continued demand in a range of uses.

Study coverage
This new industry study, “Converted Flexible Packaging,” presents historical demand data (2000, 2005, 2010) plus forecasts for 2015 and 2020 by material (plastic film, paper, foil), product (such as bags, pouches) and market (food, nonfood). The study also considers market environment factors, details industry structure, evaluates company market share and profiles 35 industry players.

Explore Table of Contents and more details for this “Converted Flexible Packaging” report at www.reportsnreports.com/reports/131497-converted-flexible-packaging.html.

Source: ReportsnReports