From innovative packaging formats to advances in automation, the latest packaging and processing technology is on display and in-action at PACK EXPO every year. Take, for example, the developments we saw at the 2012 show in Chicago — and how they’ll affect food, beverage, confectionery and bakery and snack manufacturers. Here are some of the trends PMMI staff see setting the tone for 2013:
PACK EXPO International 2012 clearly demonstrated a shift in the way packagers see their operations. Instead of having converters produce and ship a limited range of container shapes and sizes to them, packagers are shifting to lightweight, flexible formats they can form in-line with filling, sealing, labeling and packing operations.