2020 in review: PackagingInsights’ most read stories: In an unprecedented year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced major changes in the packaging industry. Plastics packaging proved vital in preserving food freshness amid disrupted supply chains and heightened hygiene concerns. Meanwhile, e-commerce sales went through the roof, driving demand for corrugated packaging solutions, particularly in home food delivery. Manufacturers turned increasingly to automation and robotics to maintain essential packaging production as workplace restrictions threatened the industry. Brick and mortar trade shows were a big casualty, with event organizers exploring virtual alternatives throughout the year.
The packaging industry demonstrated resilience during pandemic adversity, continuing its journey toward the circular economy and more environmentally-sustainable packaging solutions. Recycle-by-design flexible packaging produced several world-firsts while the incorporation of recycled resins in rigid plastic applications became common in soft drinks and other markets. Fossil plastic-alternative solutions also grew in sophistication, with bioplastic, paper-based and reusable metal packaging solutions increasing in availability.
PackagingInsights reflects on a tumultuous 2020 by revisiting its most read stories of the year.
Packaging Innovations 2020 in Birmingham, UK, was all about carbon footprint. Nobody will deny that the scourge of packaging pollution remains an urgent global issue, but increased attention to climate change has led the packaging industry to also reevaluate its role in bringing greenhouse gases back down to manageable levels. During the show’s ‘Big Carbon...View More
Snacks and candy packaging stole the show at ISM and ProSweets 2020, hosted in Cologne, Germany, February 2-5. Packaging suppliers exhibited the latest in machinery, materials and decorative techniques needed to bring confectionery safely, hygienically and attractively to retail shelves. A labyrinth of large-scale, fully and semi-automatic machinery gave visitors a closer look...View More
All roads lead to a circular packaging economy: In a year once again dominated by the drive for increased sustainability, suppliers and brand owners got more serious in their attempts to unearth truly “circular” packaging systems and concepts. The rising tide of public anti-plastic sentiment manifested itself in more stringent environmental regulations, notably the...View More
InnoPack is a subevent held within CPhI Worldwide, November 5 to 7 in Frankfurt, Germany. Focusing on the latest pharmaceutical packaging innovations and drug delivery devices, InnoPack unites buyers and suppliers from the packaging and pharmaceutical industries. The subevent showcases the main drivers of innovation in pharma packaging, evolving market demands and the latest...View More
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