Our current situation has placed a strain on the fresh food supply chain. Issues like border restrictions and workforce shortages have caused increased delays in the fresh produce trade causing large shipment of fresh produce to sit for prolonged periods of time. From the time produce is picked on a farm to when it’s eaten there’s a race against time. The tried, tested, and accepted way of packaging produce in the U.S. is not to package it at all. Most fruits and vegetables make their way through the food chain in crates, totes, cartons or some sort of vessel for distribution. This method of transporting produce through the supply chain, from farm to table, can (and does) expose the produce to germs and spoilage, ultimately resulting in health risks and unnecessary waste.
Choosing the right packaging equipment and supplier can make or break a project. There are so many different variables that it can be challenging to find the exact equipment and support that will meet your needs for now and for the future. Here we have outlined some things to consider when evaluating your options.
Millennials prefer eating out, ordering in, and snacking. They also want their food in convenient sustainable packaging.
Millennials are shifting the food market from home cooking to convenient snacking, prepared meals, carry-out, and delivery. Moreover, millennials want to eat food from establishments and brands that keep sustainability in mind. A combination of convenience-oriented eating and sustainability demands puts packaging in the spotlight.
Sustainability, technology, and classic design headline packaging trends in 2020
As consumer habits, needs and demands evolve and develop, the packaging industry must innovate and stay up to date with new trends in packaging. According to a report by McKinsey & Company, as of 2019 the packaging industry creates $900 billion in annual revenues throughout the world. The report also states the industry is projected to grow at a rate of 3.1% each year through 2022.
Innovation, Alternative Packaging Technology and Updated Materials Can Help Improve Efficiency and Costs.
Manufacturers must be efficient in all aspects of the supply chain to reduce costs. Rising shipping and material costs, combined with an emphasis on sustainability and consumer preference has created a need for innovation in the packaging industry.
One of the main costs in the supply chain is shipping. In general, it is becoming more expensive to operate a truck. Taking factors such as tires, fuel costs and labor into account the average marginal cost per mile was $1.69 in 2017 compared to $1.45 in 2009. Using the same factors, the average marginal cost per hour in 2017 was $66.65 compared to $58 in 2009. According to the U.S.
Use sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging methods to decrease greenhouse emissions.
The packaging industry has put an emphasis on reducing waste, recycling and creating sustainable packaging solutions to limit greenhouse emissions, while recognizing the demands of consumers. Selecting recyclable materials, cutting down on waste and being efficient are ways packaging companies can make a difference in the environment. The current concern over our environment makes it the perfect time for your company to develop a carbon footprint plan.