In 2022, the packaging industry endured turbulence as recycled plastics prices soared and the Ukraine war sent energy prices skyrocketing. Biodegradable plastics became more relevant as producers increasingly sought new materials for their products. Meanwhile, the EU declared a blanket ban on harmful chemicals such as PFAS but braced for pushback from the petrochemical industry. Also, scandals erupted over suspected arson at Turkish recycling facilities and over TerraCycle’s suspected use of a criminal waste handler to export its trash abroad for incineration. We look back at our most popular stories of the year.
FachPack 2022, one of Europe’s largest packaging trade fairs, hosted almost 800 exhibitors and over 23,000 visitors. The theme of this year’s show was “Transition in Packaging.” The PackagingInsights team reported from the show floor and hosted its own booth for the first time.
London Packaging Week brought the UK packaging industry together to feast on the latest designs in luxury packaging for cosmetics, personal care and premium F&B markets. The balance between premium shelf appeal and increased environmental sustainability was a key theme at the event. We look back at some of the show’s standout solutions pushing the boundaries of...View More
Drinktec opened its doors for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic, reuniting the international beverage and liquid food industry for a week of innovation showcasing and networking. Major themes at the show included energy-saving processing machinery, packaging for the circular economy and customized ingredient concepts. A total of 1,002 exhibitors from 55 countries and...View More
Packaging Innovations & Empack 2022 in Birmingham, UK, brought the packaging industry together shortly after the introduction of the UK Plastic Packaging Tax, and for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. Evidence of increased recycled content in plastic food packaging and innovation in fiber-based alternatives was apparent, although we came to understand that many...View More
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