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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We take a look back at the food packages that did not crack our lists of the year’s top-performing packaging stories, yet impressed our editors. We think you’ll find these six overlooked gems to be of top-notch quality.


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While U.S. grocery shoppers continue to seek tasty, nutritious food, the impact of food labels appears to be waning.


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Superfoods pioneer Living Intentions releases new packaging nationwide and launches a line of Superfood Popcorn.  A manager explains the repackaging—what changed and why.

 


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Who best knows ways to reduce food waste by optimizing the packaging?


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

How to use SmartLabel

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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.


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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


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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.


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IMA Dairy & Food USA is one of the world’s leading providers of complete solutions for packaging machines.

Cup sterilization with Pulsed Light 2015

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

 


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


Company

Volumetric Technologies designs and manufactures the highest quality food packaging equipment in the industry to meet a wide variety of needs.


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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


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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.


We take a look back at the food packages that did not crack our lists of the year’s top-performing packaging stories, yet impressed our editors. We think you’ll find these six overlooked gems to be of top-notch quality.

 

The ...


While U.S. grocery shoppers continue to seek tasty, nutritious food, the impact of food labels appears to be waning. What’s perhaps most telling is the differentiation that exists across generation groups in terms of the type of information...


Superfoods pioneer Living Intentions releases new packaging nationwide and launches a line of Superfood Popcorn.  A manager explains the repackaging—what changed and why.

 

Living Intentions, a Richmond, CA-based pioneer of nutrient-...


Who best knows ways to reduce food waste by optimizing the packaging? That would be the packaging professionals working at brand owner and packaging vendor companies, dozens of whom participated in Packaging Digest’s Food Waste and...


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

In this 28-page report, flush with recent examples, Packaging Digest executive editor Lisa McTigue Pierce shows you a handful of ways packaging innovations for foods and...

How to use SmartLabel

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...

Cup sterilization with Pulsed Light 2015

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.

The first two flavors in the Food Truck Favorites line—Loaded Chili Cheese Dog, inspired by famed New York...


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.

 

For...


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...


A display area at Food Ingredients Europe devoted to packaging innovation included an active MAP system for tray-packed protein foods, extremely high-heat-resistance trays and other developments seen on-site in photos taken in Paris, France.

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  • Transfer your product from the cooler or freezer.
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  • Stack product to specified counts.
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Our close dialogue with customers the world over is the source of product innovations and new application solutions, which stand for high efficiency, precision and reliability.

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Heat and Control is a single-source machinery supplier offering one of the widest ranges of equipment for packaging, inspection, and food processing. For machinery to weigh, convey, season, inspect, fill, and package food, pharmaceutical, and...


At Highland Plastics we believe first impressions are lasting impressions.
Exceptional products belong in exceptional packages. Our expertise in plastic
consumer packaging will help you create that special package.


Hydrolico is able to offer you quality service by repairing and reconditioning hydraulic cylinders, as well as pumps, motors, valves and many other hydraulic components. Our vertical business integration, from the conception to...


For 50 years, Reiser has been a leading supplier of processing and packaging equipment solutions for the sausage, meat, poultry, seafood, prepared food, bakery and cheese industries. During that time, the company has gained recognition for its...


Volumetric Technologies designs and manufactures the highest quality food packaging equipment in the industry to meet a wide variety of needs. Precision made and built to last, our equipment combines innovative features with the option of...


WeighPack Systems is a manufacturer and systems integrator of quality packaging solutions that include filling, bagging, conveying, case erecting and robotic palletizing.

For over twenty years WeighPack Systems has delivered thousands of...


Ankit Packaging Limited has established itself as a manufacturer and exporter of packing lamination supplies.

Manufacturer of all kinds of Packaging Material, Flexible and Corrugated, For Food , Snack Food, Pharmaceutical, Diary,...


At Arr-Tech our goal and commitment to our customers is to always deliver the highest quality equipment, provide the best professional customer service and guarantee product satisfaction to you. Since the introduction of our automation lines, we...


This is central to the difference we deliver. No matter the market or the country, we’re passionate about the possibilities created through good chemistry for the benefit of our customers, our communities and, ultimately, our planet.

This...


IN TYING MACHINES - Bunn manufactures an array of models of envelope, package, carton, meat roll tyers, along with custom units all with exclusive, patented features.

IN STRETCH MACHINES - Bunn manufacturers an array of models to meet the...


Bimba Manufacturing Company is a 100% employee-owned company that is a forward-thinking innovator of actuation, fluid power, and motion control technology. Specializing in providing cutting-edge solutions to engineering challenges, Bimba strives...


Superior service is the cornerstone of our business!

Blendco Inc. has been operating in the dry-food blending and contract packaging industry for over 25 years. Blendco is an example of private industry that has followed their vision, and...


Container Technology, Inc. supplies Drums, Bulk Liquid Containers from one gallon to 330 gallons and Dispensing Systems for Industrial and Commercial applications.

Container Technology, Inc. supplies Ultra Clean Liquid Containers from one...

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