Last year many companies collaborated on new materials, machinery compatibility and corporate initiatives, and joined recycling groups. It’s time to look forward, get inspired and realize that sometimes it is better to work with a partner or two.
In packaging plants across the world, compressed air systems create significant energy waste. Pinhole leaks in air lines, sticky valves and other inefficiencies cost huge consumer packaged goods (CPG) manufactures and small contract packagers alike substantial amounts of money. These also hinder corporate green efforts for responsible energy usage. A key opportunity to solve compressed air issues and boost overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) is by thoughtfully implementing Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) strategies with scalable PC-based automation technologies.
CPG brands can be promoted in dozens of ways. Brands even have the option of putting a sandwich board on a dog that is walked around the city. Fortunately, all of the ways to communicate with your target market can be categorized into five main channels called the “Promotional Mix.”
Flexible packaging accounts for 19 percent of the overall packaging market and is expected to grow at a rate of 3.9 percent CAGR by 2023, according to the 2019 Flexible Packaging Marketing Assessment by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.
Smart packaging is developing rapidly. A major factor driving the growth of the smart packaging market is increasing demand for packaging that indicates and maintains product quality throughout the supply chain.
In the film Ready Player One, a dystopian culture relies heavily on virtual reality to escape the real world. These types of technologies used to feel so far removed from our current state, but not anymore. Smart technologies and the Internet of Things are at the forefront of changing everything.
For most of the past decade, consumers around the world have increasingly shifted their spending from brick-and-mortar to online stores, appreciating the convenience and immediacy of digital shopping. But that trend could be reversing as members of Generation Z begin flexing their economic muscle.
Using song to lure TV listeners in with the hope that consumers will relate to the product is not new. Its purpose? To do what it does for me: think about one’s youth and a happy, carefree time with no bills, no house payment and no work hours. And, as a child of the ’70s, I’m happy to reflect back through familiar tunes.
When it comes to snack food choices, consumers know what they want and how to buy them. E-commerce packaging for snacks is showing fast growth in the U.S., according to “Snack Foods – Packaging and Processing Market Assessment and Trends 2018,” by PMMI Business Intelligence.
As the Packaging Strategies ranking of the largest beverage packaging companies demonstrates, the big just keep getting bigger. Since its merger with SAB Miller in late 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev has become the undisputed king of the beverage world, leading the list for the second year in a row.
In this issue of Packaging Strategies we have the annual Packaging Outlook, covering flexible and rigid plastics, glass, metal cans, paperboard and corrugated, as well as packaging machinery & automation and packaging design. Also covered is the trend of less is more in beverage branding, how dispensers can make or break a brand experience, one conveying company that’s setting the bar in vertical farming, a dairy manufacturer that moved to plant-based products and more. Enjoy!