PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, described the changing face of the North American dairy industry in its report, “Dairy Industry — A Market Assessment” (September 2013). Consumers were, and still are, attracted to new products, flavors and packaging to match their on-the-go lifestyles. Retailers, naturally, pass those demands on to their suppliers.
Big Box retailers are powerful players in these markets, and one of their major demands is retail-ready packaging (RRP). According to a cheese and yogurt packaging engineer interviewed by PMMI, “Pegs are being removed in stores like Walmart and Target, with a growing demand for more retail-ready and more stand-up pouches.”