High flexibility, low weight and easy to carry will remain the top properties enhancing product penetration. Also an increase in consumer spending on energy drinks and prevalent health awareness trends will drive growth. Spout pouches are the fastest growing pouch, due to transportation ease, handling and ready to pour.
Plastic Technologies, Inc. (PTI) announces structural realignment and business unit name changes to better serve brand owner package development needs. The changes will enable brand owners to improve speed-to-market in order to more rapidly capitalize on commercialization opportunities.
The new Torayfan CB3 portfolio is manufactured with Toray’s proprietary formulation and a patented PVdC-free coating. The films offer oxygen-barrier protection along with excellent moisture barrier and are available in sealable and non-sealable versions. In addition, the 70- and 80-gauge CB3 films are a thinner alternative to thicker OPP films and enable source reduction, yield and economic benefits.
Urban Accents has given its core line of bottled spice blends a contemporary design. An integral piece of the flavor creators’ business, the spice blends were the foundation of Urban Accents when Tom Knibbs and Jim Dygas began the company in their Chicago basement in 1996.
The SAVE FOOD Initiative has now passed the 1,000 member mark. The 1,067 supporters currently registered include groups of companies, corporations and professional associations as well as research institutes and NGOs from the entire food value chain. With Lidl Deutschland as the latest member, retail is now also represented as a link in this supply chain.
Consumer trends have contributed to a gradual replacement of rigid pack formats by flexible packaging during the last decade or so. Total flexible packaging sales were at $219.5 billion in 2016, with growth expected at an annual rate of 4.3% to $282.6 billion by 2022.
Render, a food company in Los Angeles, Calif., just launched a snack line called State Bird Seed. A collaboration with award-winning chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, owners of restaurants State Bird Provisions and The Progress in San Francisco, State Bird Seed is a crunchy mix of puffed quinoa, seeds, herbs and spices that can be enjoyed as a snack or crumbled as a topping on oatmeal and yogurt to salads and meat.
Cannabis continues to grow with many countries legalizing its usage, creating a new packaging segment. In 2018, Canada is expected to fully legalize marijuana, and the U.S. appears to be heading down the same path as more states approve its medical and recreational use.
Packaging machinery sales in the U.S. grew 4.8 percent in 2016, reaching a total of $9.8 billion, according to the “2017 State of the Industry – US Packaging Machinery” report, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing.