Although bottles, cartons and tubs are widely used, flexible plastic packaging dominates in the global dairy industry. With a market share of more than 27%, it owns a larger share than rigid plastic, paper/paperboard, glass or metal packaging, according to Global Dairy Packaging Market 2016-2020, a report from London-based Technavio.
It’s not surprising many dairy products launch in flexible packaging. It’s one of the fastest growing packaging formats in the United States, according to the Flexible Packaging Association, Annapolis, Md.
With unit volume sales of dairy packaging projected to grow 6% by 2019, the industry’s manufacturers embrace packaging innovations that convey product benefits while providing convenience and freshness.
A 14-ounce squeezable tube allows consumers to dispense sour cream precisely. A new sterilization process for cold-fill aseptic products eliminates the need for irradiation, hot-filling or post-pasteurization.