Market activity remains hot as Hybrid Software acquires software technology to accelerate packaging design and a new recycling facility for flexible packaging materials aims to be operational by 2023 in Minnesota.
One silver lining from the 2020 pandemic was how resilient businesses and workers became and how new forms of technology were adopted to keep operations running. For example, online conference calls allowed for business continuity, and now companies have adopted these hybrid approaches to business, including brands and printers.
Allison Lin, global VP of Packaging Sustainability at Mars, sits down with Flexible Packaging to discuss how executive leadership is vital to creating a circular economy throughout the packaging industry.
In 2022, the circular economy is the de facto buzzword in the food and beverage world and, quite frankly, the industry is undergoing massive change in all areas: consumer behavior and expectations, smart manufacturing investments, and sustainability partnerships.
In 2022, oil and gas companies are moving quickly to consolidate long-term growth strategies around circularity and advanced recycling in both Europe and North America. Plus, industry stakeholders in the mechanical recycling segment begin to draw lines.
New brand owners are finding numerous ways to enter retail or e-commerce channels, and a big reason why so many brands are successful is the ability to produce high-end packaging that stands out to consumers.
Large and small consumer brands are partnering with many different stakeholders in the flexible packaging ecosystem with the express goal of finding supply chains of recycled content for the near future. The themes that appear to be emerging for 2022 are strategies for scale for mechanical recyclers, upstart advanced recycling companies and advanced sorting technologies to meet future demand.
The entire flexible packaging ecosystem — converters, co–packers, brands, extruders — is experiencing a rapid technology shift toward sustainability, and so many consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are looking for flexible packaging material testing.
Colgate-Palmolive unleashes a new toothpaste pilot program that pushes for more recycling support within the flexible packaging and recycling industries, and how a resurgence of mechanical recycling from industry associations may be in the offing for 2022.
So, the flexible packaging segment is at an inflection point with recycled content. The good news is that more investments are being made into municipal recycling in the U.S.; more than $1 billion in investments was made before U.S. infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 was passed late last year.
Elevation Charcuterie is in full-blown expansion mode as the company keeps adding new varieties to its product line of rustic salami, Mole Salami and Calabrese Salami, to name just a few. Due to this growth, the company decided to move to die-cut rollstock and flow wrapping machines to optimize packaging production and reduce costs.
Consumer packaged goods and brand owners keep increasing investments into packaging materials, equipment and operations as markets rebound from the pandemic and accelerate towards a new normal; many food producers were already accelerating stock keeping units before the pandemic.
UK-based supermarket chain, Iceland, announces a new paper-meets-plastic pillow pouch packaging for its line of frozen chicken breast dippers. Plus, more industry news on paper-based flexible packaging.
Paper-meets-plastic packaging has been making inroads in Europe for the past two years as regulatory drivers and company initiatives have pushed food producers to add more recyclable content to their packaging.
While the 2020 COVID pandemic — needs qualification now — presented huge challenges for internal pilot programs, many consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies pushed forward with these sustainability programs.