Food Packaging

In short, if you or your pet can eat it, then it's a food product. The packaging that it comes in covers a lot of ground: Hanover Research projected that in 2013 the size of the global food packaging market will increase to $251.8 billion and the size of the North American food packaging market will be $54.4 billion. [Food packaging and U.S. food contact paper market]

The food packaging market runs the gamut of packaging materials from glass jars to metal cans to paperboard cartons to rigid polymer trays to flexible bags. Flexible bags are increasingly popular, thanks to their light weight and strength.

 Food packaging market drivers include cost savings per individual package, improvements in "shelf presence," branding and better barrier performance.

Consumers also study packaging for sustainability and safety. Bisphenol-A (BPA) is a worry to some consumers. Food packaging also is responding to consumer concerns about portion-size and simpler preparation. Single-serve, multi-serve and multi-pack packages respond to changing needs.

Food packaging also includes labeling. A Nutrition Facts label is required on most packaged food in many countries. Labeling a food for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) or their absence is a growth area.

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At Highland Plastics we believe first impressions are lasting impressions.
Exceptional products belong in exceptional packages. Our expertise in plastic


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Maryland Packaging is totally committed to understanding, meeting the quality needs, and expectations of all our customers.


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Packaging doesn’t often get credit for all the good it does.

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As Americans take notice of increasingly strained global food resources, research reveals that 80% U.S. food shoppers agree that reducing food waste is as important as reducing packaging waste. To limit waste, half (52%) of consumers indicate they...


Hummustir’s innovative kit-style packaging offers a new wrinkle in the category for on-the-go anywhere convenience: Shelf stable, flexible pouches of hummus packed inside a large paper cup that are opened and mixed at the time of use.

 

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Could fresh meat snacks capture a piece of the lucrative dried meat snacks (aka jerky) market? Land O’Frost is betting on it. In July, it introduced a new product line called Deli Snackers—baked meat snacks made from high-quality, oven-roasted...

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Before deciding which processing method to use for your food products, consider the packaging limitations, challenges, opportunities and costs.

 

Consumers increasingly demand a safe food supply without sacrificing nutritional content...


Wise Snacks is steering into the multibillion-dollar food truck market with packaging design that taps into the mobile dining trend.

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Formed around some of the key findings from Mintel’s latest report on global packaging and other industry research, here are some of the evolving trends that are predicted to make a significant impact on brand packaging design and influence how...


Food companies wanting to switch from glass to PET packaging for hot-filled or pasteurized products can do so without sacrificing the consumer safety assurance of a metal vacuum closure—and without buying new capping equipment.

 

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Shelf life. Foods and beverages can never get enough, right? That’s why most packaging developers, when asked, say they want more options in barrier materials—despite the myriad choices already available.

Adding to the urgency of finding...

What do we mean by food contact materials?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended changes to how the safety of food-contact materials, including packaging materials, is assessed. These changes include (1) implementing a tiered approach to the amount of toxicological data...


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