The Rise of Flexible Packaging in the Food Market

Innovative flexible packaging is on the rise in the food industry. According to Canadean’s estimation, by 2018 about 786,095 million units of flexible packaging will be consumed within the global retail food markets. This amount accounts for more than 53% of the food packaging market.

 

The global demand for pouches has increased in the food market; this is estimated to grow by 2489 million pack units between 2014-2017. A significant increase from previous years.

 

To read more about the Canadean report, please visit http://www.foodprocessing.com.au/content/business-solutions/news/flexible-packaging-dominates-food-market-746786589

Source: Food Processing

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

New Research aims to recover more flexible packaging

Resource Recycling systems, out of Ann Arbor, MI has focused their efforts on new research aimed at improving the material recovery technology. The research will look into a more efficient way to recover flexible packaging, including reseable food packages, pouches for soup, crackers and tuna, pet food bags, and snack bags for recycling. Resource Recycling Solutions has developed the test methodology that will run various flexible packaging in single stream recycling through existing sorting technologies then measure the amount captured to determine the effectiveness of the technology. This sorting technology is critical when uncovering the flexible packaging loop, what happens in the MRF that is not picking up on various kinds of packaging? This research aims to discover the answer to that question through the use of optical scanners and screens that will capture that data.

 

Material recovery is a hot topic in flexible packaging and many companies have come together to create an alliance called Materials Recovery for the Future. This new alliance trade group includes companies, manufacturers, trade groups, and packaging industry professionals. All with the common goal of collecting data from the research that will help learn how to recover and divert more valuable resins from landfills.

 

For further reading, please visit http://www.wastedive.com/news/new-research-aims-to-recover-more-flexible-packaging/405740/

 

Source: Waste Dive

Consumer Trends Changing the World of Packaging

Over the past five years, consumers have become more aware and educated on environmental issues and taking health and wellness more seriously. With a more educated consumer base, manufacturers and food companies need to be more upfront and honest about packaging claims they make. Companies will be held to a higher standard with harsher consequences if they over-extend their packaging claims. Today, the largest complaint being made about packaging is the excessive packaging being used to protect product. Consumers also care whether the packaging being used can be recycled. Companies are taking note, more companies are labelling their environmental affects outside the ingredient list. While the sustainability issue continues to grow, plastic is still the more popular packaging material at 29% of the packaging market. Flexible packaging has seen an increase in the beverage world, as well as the baking and snack industry.

 

For further reading, please visit: http://www.bakeryandsnacks.com/R-D/Consumer-trends-changing-the-world-of-packaging

 

Source: Bakery & Snacks

Are refill stations the answer to packaging waste?

Currently retail packaging for cleaning chemicals, personal care products and beverages is single use, however that is changing. With a goal of eliminating waste, eco-conscious companies are setting up in store refill stations to reuse containers. The motto for The Refill Place, stores that offer refills for personal care products, laundry detergent and cleaning chemicals, is “Refill, Not Landfill.”  The Common Good company offers customers refill options for their hand soap, dish soap, all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent. While it may be challenging to reduce the amount of waste produced by single use packaging, companies offering refill options can make a significant difference in reducing packaging waste.

 

http://www.packagingdigest.com/sustainable-packaging/are-refill-stations-the-answer-to-packaging-waste150401

 

Source: Packaging Digest

Why Sustainable Packaging is a must have for Restaurant Success

While the farm-to-table trend continues to grow, consumers are becoming more aware of what goes into the food they purchase and consume. This translates into more demand on restaurants to provide not only transparency in the nutrition label but also the sustainability of their packaging for food products. In a recent survey performed by Asia Pulp & Paper, American consumers want sustainable food packaging labeling to be clear and concise in reflecting the materials they use.

Previously, consumers may have viewed sustainable packaging labels as a nice bit of information. However, sustainability has shifted to a priority for Americans, restaurants, and the entire food industry. Meeting consumer demands is important for business and consumer loyalty. In another survey that focused more on consumer loyalty and likelihood to recommend a brand, 51% of Americans are more likely to recommend a brand if it includes environmental and sustainability related information. Based on consumer attitudes, paired with business, regulatory and environmental pressures have pressed world well-known brands to make the move to sustainable packaging.

Companies are making the transition to sustainable packaging options; recognizing that the need for transparency across global supply chains and operations and manufacturing processes. The industry predicts that many companies will make the transition for social responsibility and to ensure brand loyalty. Companies are now prioritizing the integration of environmental practices.

To read the entire article please visit: http://www.fastcasual.com/articles/why-sustainable-packaging-is-a-must-have-for-restaurant-success/

Source: FastCasual

CDF’s Flexible Packaging Division Passes Food Safety Audit

CDF Corporation, a leading manufacturer of drum, pail, intermediate bulk container and bag in box liners and flexible packaging, has passed a food safety audit for one of North America’s largest consumer packaged food and beverage companies.

An auditor from Quality Assured Solutions was contracted to perform a food safety audit on CDF’s Flexible Packaging division. The food safety audit evaluates many aspects of compliance with respect to food safety, sanitary working conditions, employee training and the proper handling of food products and packaging. CDF’s Flexible Packaging division passed the food safety audit with a score of 88.1 out of 100. With this score, CDF has been approved to supply IBC liners to this highly regarded global food processor.

During the 16 hour audit the Flexible Packaging division showed that many food safety items were already in place, there is an active GMP program in place and there is a working copy of a HACCP plan. The audit was based on the customer’s supplier expectation manual. The manual is the standard and the supplier is assessed against the standard.

“We have been working on many of the GSFI requirements as we get closer to our ultimate goal of SQF Level 2 Certification in 2016. It was reassuring to have a well-respected third party auditor verify we are on the right track,” said Tom McCarthy, Flexible Packaging General Manager.

The auditing company, Quality Assured Solutions, offers world class consulting to the food, beverage and confectionary industries on a domestic and international scope.food

Environmental Concern Empowers the People

Environmental awareness is now mainstream. It is no longer limited to a small niche of people but rather consumers across the board. A concern for the environment is changing consumer’s purchasing behaviors. More and more, people are looking for signifiers that companies are a part of the rainforest initiative or packaged using post-consumer recycled products. Also, this translates into consumers consciously choosing to avoid brands where there is no message of environmental sustainability. Consumer commitment to the environment has moved from concern to action, creating positive change in the industry.

The evolution of environmentally conscious consumers has created a demand for manufacturers to incorporate sustainable practices into their business strategies. Food manufacturers and retail operations have adopted environmental initiatives; this incorporates the recyclability of a product, analyzing manufacturing equipment to ensure the operation uses minimal energy and creates less waste, lastly, using responsibly sourced materials.

Concerns for the environmental are not slowing down; they will continue to influence buyer behavior and increase the drive within corporate America – consumer awareness and purchasing power will continue to drive corporations to adopt sustainability into their business strategies.

To read the full article, please visit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/brian-kennell/environmental-concern-emp_b_8105580.html

Source: Huffington Post

Boundless Potential for Cosmetics Packaging

Sustainability has become an integral part of the beauty business – environmentally intelligent packaging designs are attracting more consumers, satisfy current customers, and create an ethical mission for the company.

A new perspective on a familiar concept: this is the revolution of compostable packaging is providing says design expert, Leslie Sherr, co-author of the latest book series from Material ConneXion. By incorporating compostable bioplastics based on mycelium, or mushrooms, or technotraf wood packaging from that derives from sustainable forests manufacturers and design experts can open up many possibilities. Sherr adds that how materials are treated and applied is where the potential exists; furthermore, working with the same material in a new way holds immense potential.

There is no limit to sustainable packaging, and a good place to start is the Sustainable Packaging Coalition, states Sherr. They have a large database that have an extensive list of consumer brands and they understand design innovation.

To read more from Leslie Sherr, please visit http://www.cosmeticsdesign.com/Packaging-Design/Cosmetics-and-Personal-Care-Packaging-sustainable-materials

Source: Cosmetics Design

Interest in bio-materials & boosting compostable packaging

The new trend in packaging materials continued to be influenced by sustainable strategies and goals. However, the topic of compostable packaging continues to be dismissed before actually being considered. Susanna Carson, president, BSI Biodegradable Solution spoke at this past SustPack 2015 in Orlando, Florida. She discussed a case study on one brand owner who brought stakeholders together to create an environmental solution to packaging needs.

In her discussion, “Certification vs. Collaboration: Securing End of Life Options for Compostable Packaging” she touched upon the highest level of interested for environmental friendly packaging is from consumers. The more consumers become interested and educated on the end of life impact of packaging waste in our oceans and landfills the more they are tired of convenient packaging that inevitably sits for thousands of years. Compostable packaging is being driven by consumers and adopted by companies that are listening to what people want. While the interested and demand is high, the use of compostable packaging is low. Companies are still working out pricing, operational issues, facility acceptance, and material performance. Carson emphasized that no one wants to fail and that developments take time.

Compostable packaging is the result of incredible advancements in technology. Plant-based, and bio based polymers perform on par with conventional petroleum-based materials, except that certified compostable packaging will not spend the end of life in landfills and oceans. The similarity is striking; however, it can make it hard for facilities to differentiate between the three types of packaging which can result in facilities rejecting material because it may cause contaminants in their healthy compost.

For further reading on Susanna Carson’s case study and for the full article, please visit http://www.packagingdigest.com/sustainable-packaging/will-interest-in-bio-materials-boost-compostable-packaging-in-the-us150324

 

Source: Packaging Digest