How flexible packaging trends are shifting and why: Page 5 of 5

Lisa Pierce in Flexible Packaging on August 29, 2018

Troy Snader, svp, flexible packaging, Pro Mach, a comprehensive provider of complete packaging machinery solutions, from line design to the end of the line and beyond.


What top trends are you seeing in flexible packaging and why? What are the drivers?

Snader: We’re seeing a change in packages from pillow bags to standup pouches (SUP) and “shaped” packages. Also, smaller and larger packages (more stock-keeping units/SKU’s in general).

Drivers are grocers and consumers looking for front-panel graphics and diversity of end users for single-serve packages to “club store” packages for large quantities.


What challenges is the flexible packaging market encountering now and how are they being addressed?

Snader: Among the challenges are the ability to have “one machine fits all,” plus new innovations and acquisitions for providing any solution for any package.


Where do you see the biggest growth for flexible packaging moving forward and why?

Snader: I see the biggest growth for SUP packages, and single-dose packaging in over-the-counter pharmaceutical—mainly due to convenience and safety of the single-dose unit.


What, if anything, is different about the sustainability message of flexible packaging today versus, say, two or three years ago?

Snader: We’re seeing more starch based films now.



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