7 remarkable reads from the first half of 2019

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Packaging Design on July 12, 2019

Shifts in sustainability focus, ecommerce challenges and food packaging issues continue to lead the trends we’ve been tracking this year. With half of 2019 behind us, let’s look at the packaging stories our global packaging community deems most important.

Based on page views from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2019, here are the top seven articles your peers are reading on PackagingDigest.com (in reverse order):

5 emerging trends

7. 5 packaging trends emerging in 2019

In March of this year, CEO Charles Haverfield of U.S. Packaging & Wrapping LLC identified five predictable packaging movements and their drivers:

• Flexibility: Flexible packaging is set to become more popular in 2019, Haverfield predicts, due to new developments in sustainability and consumer functionality, as well as from its cost benefits. 

• Changes in ecommerce: Ecommerce is set to grow faster than ever in 2019, and packaging can help brands stand out, either with personalized packaging designs or by right-sizing packaging to protect products adequately without being excessive.

• Environmental awareness: Sustainable packaging has steadily become more important to consumers over the years—and many brands have changed their packaging accordingly, in various ways, to great success.

• Less is more: Minimalism will continue to maintain its relevance throughout 2019—partly due to minimalist styles being linked with the reduction of materials. But its greatest strength today is clarity. As Haverfield explains, “Consumers are more skeptical of what brands are trying to sell them than they once were; being bombarded with information will make them feel like brands are trying to distract them from a hidden catch.”

• The power of nostalgia: Vintage or retro packaging taps into the consumers’ rose-tinted emotional response to trusted brands, partly because of the package’s air of authenticity.


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For those curious about the top articles from just last month (June 2019), here’s that list:

1. Most food cans no longer use BPA in their linings (SPOILER: also a top article in this half-year list)

2. 8 impressive developments in packaging automation

3. 10 tasting trends: See what’s ahead for snacks and sweets

4. 3 food-packaging matters spring up in early 2019

5. 5 packaging trends emerging in 2019 (also a top article in the half-year list, as you already know!)


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