Sustainability in packaging 2019
Recycled and recyclable packaging, reusable systems, resource efficiency and eco-friendly processes: the drive for increased sustainability in packaging has opened up a wealth of innovation and novel concepts in 2019. Notably, brands are increasingly moving towards more “circular” plastics packaging or moving away from the material altogether through paper-based and other material alternatives. For example, single-use plastic straws have begun to phase out as a result of the EU’s Single-Use Plastics ban and suppliers are coming to market with various material alternatives, such as Stora Enso and Sulapac’s straws that biodegrade like “leaves in nature.”
The expanding global RTD beverage market continues to produce disruptive market entries boasting innovative packaging concepts, such as sugar cane bottles, interlocking cans and push-cap technology. Plastics remain the most commonly used material with PET recording a 1.7 percent market share increase... Read More
Plastics package more than half of desserts and ice cream launches, according to Innova Market Insights. Tubs, trays and wrappers remain the most prominent packaging formats in the category. Meanwhile, pioneering brands are exploring recyclable materials and bio-based alternatives as the global war on... Read More
Innova Market Insights identifies that more than 90 percent of meat product launches are packaged in plastic. Trays and packets are the most commonly used packaging formats for meat products. However, paper-based alternatives are increasing in number and sophistication as anti-single-use plastic sentiment... Read More
Innova Market Insights reports steady growth in the glass packaging category, while 3 in 5 food and beverage launches tracked with glass as a material are bottles (Global, 2018). Glass mills remain the fastest growing packaging type. Also, reusable claims within glass packaging rise sharply and connective... Read More
Plastics remain the dominant force in the dairy category with 47.1 percent market share in 2019, according to Innova Market Insights. However, the prevalence of plastics may be waning as it records a 1.2 percent decrease from 2018, largely due to the rise of paper-based alternatives. Meanwhile, nearly 1 in 3... Read More
The search for increased sustainability in this testing category has seen major players like Nestlé and Mondelez rollout recyclable paper wraps for snack bars. Yet plastic remains the dominate material in the category with 64.5 percent total market share in 2019, according to Innova Market Insights data.... Read More
As consumers are turning away from plastics, metals are seeing a rise in use over the last few years. One in two launches using metal involve cans, many of which are using innovative solutions to boost user-friendly selling points. These include reclosability and self-cooling features. The space is also... Read More
The amount of food and beverages packaged in glass is growing. Alcoholic beverages lead the category, at 36.5 percent of launches being tracked in glass in 2018, but sauces and seasonings come in second with 29 percent. A driving factor in this space is the reusability aspect of the material – a... Read More
Paper packaging is experiencing a resurgence. Partly fueled by rising worry over plastic use and waste, the packaging material is increasingly cropping up across categories. Paper packaging also lends itself well to sustainable moves such as light-weighting. One in three UK consumers is willing to pay more... Read More
How best to increase the sustainability of plastics packaging is one of the biggest challenges the industry faces right now. Leading FMCGs are exploring closed-loop recycling partnerships with waste management specialists and identifying ways to increase designed-in recyclability on a pack-by-pack basis.... Read More
Consumers continue to seek indulgent treats in the form of desserts and ice-cream, and trends such as dairy-free and plant-based are also infiltrating the category. Although several products are launched in responsible packaging, the leading material for this segment is plastic. Major market players are... Read More
Snacking is on the rise. Plastics remain the material of choice for packaging snacks. Meanwhile, blockchain technology on packaging is enabling supply chain transparency in snacks, and more manufacturers are focusing on sustainability.
Plastic is the predominant packaging material for ambient and chilled foods, while 2 in 5 ambient and chilled food launches tracked are packaged in packets.
Plastics remain the material of choice for packaging dairy products. In this category, the use of packaging as a canvas to communicate animal welfare, environmental impact and sustainability is progressively increasing in order to appease the mindful consumer.
Plastic remains the material of choice for packaging snacks, while heat sealed packets are witnessing significant growth in snack applications. Innova Market Insights data has shown a threefold increase in launch activity for snacks held in recloseable packages.
Plastic remains the material of choice for confectionery, followed by carton. There has been a fourfold increase in launch activity for recloseable confectionary, perhaps indicating how the market is responding to consumer demand for lighter enjoyment. Sustainability also drives innovation, with compostable... Read More
Glass remains the packaging material of choice for beverages, while capsules and valve bags are the fastest growing packaging formats in this category.