Sustainability drives the top five in food and beverage packaging

By Rick Lingle in Sustainable Packaging on July 15, 2019

Our mid-year review of what articles are trending shows that sustainable packaging dominates the top-read features, two of which involved Nestlé.


We depart from the regular monthly reviews of the top-read articles to assess the top-read food and beverage features of the first half of 2019 that provide a broader snapshot of what topics are hot and trending.

In this case, it’s a single topic, sustainability, that’s drawing keen interest—it permeates all five articles in whole or part.

So let’s get to it in traditional reverse order: the #5 article is all about dating products, though there is a sustainable angle here too, related to reducing food waste. It’s been proposed that standardizing "Best If Used By" for date-code labeling might reduce food waste as consumers become more educated about voluntary date codes for quality, not food safety, which is a fundamental distinction. Three key U.S. regulatory agencies agree, and have identified six priority areas, which are to:

1. Enhance interagency coordination.

2. Increase consumer education and outreach efforts.

3. Improve coordination and guidance on food loss and waste measurement.

4. Clarify and communicate information on food safety, food date labels and food donations.

5. Collaborate with private industry to reduce food loss and waste across the supply chain.

6. Encourage food waste reduction by federal agencies in their respective facilities.

Pay special attention to #4, which is the one that food brands and their packaging suppliers will be watching most carefully.

Get all the information in Best If Used By date code recommended for food labeling, published in May.

Next: An exclusive video brings the world’s largest food and beverage company’s sustainability story to your screen

Rick Lingle

Rick Lingle is senior technical editor of Packaging Digest. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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