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.
Rigid packaging is a staple in the dairy case, but what’s stocked today differs from what consumers put in their shopping carts a few years ago. Containers have been lightweighted, sometimes with the help of in-mold labels.
How are consumers able to reduce packaging and food waste and further environmental sustainability, and how can CPG companies—especially those in the dairy case—provide solutions for them? A pair of recent reports provides clues.
The 2016 Pack Expo provides dairy processors information on the latest packaging technology and trends, and opportunities to see machinery in action.
September 7, 2016
Pack Expo International, hosted by PMMI, Reston, Va., takes place Nov. 6-9, in Chicago at McCormick Place. The four-day event is expecting more than 45,000 attendees and will feature around 2,000 exhibitors, with 1.1 million net square feet of exhibit space (combined) for Pack Expo and Pharma Expo, which it’s once again co-locating with.
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.