Having partnered with specialty food brands for nearly two decades, I've learned more than a few things along the way. Specializing in only food CPG brands has allowed me to finely hone in on best practices that can transform packaging into a workhorse to sell itself, be it on the shelf or online.
It seemed like an exciting product development opportunity. Building material suppliers in cold climates were moving packaging operations outdoors. They needed equipment that could operate in an open shed or shelter to bundle their bricks, blocks and masonry products.
In the competitive retail space it is imperative for brands to stay on top of evolving trends and consumer behavior. Thanks to technology, businesses have access to greater freedom and flexibility, enabling them to optimize packaging for a better customer experience.
As pet ownership among boomers declines, pet food brands are turning their attention to millennial and Gen Z consumers. These younger generations are quickly redefining what it means to be a pet parent, including everything from how they bond with their pet to how they shop for them.
While many brands are striving to create lighter, more environmentally friendly and innovative packaging solutions, there are still too many products on the market today that are heavily over-packaged or over-engineered.
Social media is crowded. With six billion users combined on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter, brands are not only competing with each other, but with their target audience’s family and friends. How do brands develop content that stands out among the tremendous amount of traffic on social media? How can your brand stand out?
Securing mock-ups, prototypes and sales samples shouldn’t be painful. Often expensive, time-consuming and frustrating, yet a necessary, valuable tool that delivers significant results when executed at the right time. Implementing a smarter packaging mock-up solution means getting the right mock-up and value for every phase of the new product development process.
So long national brand imitations, lackluster packaging design and sub-par taste. Today’s private label brands are head-to-head with national brands as more retailers are entering the market. On store shelves and e-commerce platforms, it’s hard to miss the dramatic growth.
In today's digital age, having a great website, creating a personality for your branding and packaging business on social networking sites, and making yourself easily accessible to customers online, has rightly become a top marketing priority for many businesses.
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!