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. Clear containers are addressing consumer wishes for product visibility. And there are more single-serving cups, tubs and bottles to appeal to the popularity of snacking and portion control.
With rigid packaging evolving, the global molded plastic packaging market will experience a compound annual growth rate above 5% through 2020, according to London-based Technavio. Its report, titled “Global Molded Plastic Packaging Market from 2016 to 2020,” notes that polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is emerging as the most favored material due to clarity and versatility.