Sustainability top trend in foodservice packaging

The Foodservice Packaging Institute’s 2015 Trends Report reveals foodservice operators are looking for environmentally friendly packaging and customization techniques to differentiate products.

“When it comes to foodservice packaging and the materials used to manufacture them, interest in sustainable, green or environmentally-friendly options continue to be popular. What’s notable this year is the overwhelming number of mentions related to compostable packaging,” said Lynn Dyer, FPI president. “We create this trends report each year to help our members understand what’s driving sales so they can take advantage of these opportunities and support the changing needs of their customers.”

Major trends include:

  • Packaging: Environmentally friendly or sustainable packaging remains a long-term overall trend. Specifically, compostable packaging was mentioned in an overwhelming number of responses, Dyer said. Other trends include the shift to a more natural look through the use of “kraft” paper over bleached paper to promote the belief that “brown is the new green.” Conversely, another trend is an increase in graphics and color as operators recognize the opportunity to promote their brand on packaging
  • Raw materials: Green packaging is apparent in raw materials, as different resins and papers are trending based on both the real and perceived environmental advantages of those materials.
  • Machinery: In the machinery used to manufacture foodservice packaging, the desire for highly automated machines that run faster, more efficiently and at lower cost continues — but with little innovation in the industry.
  • Distribution: Consolidation remains a major trend in foodservice distribution, along with SKU rationalization and increased competition from small- and medium-sized distributors.
  • Operations: In a continued effort to stand out and differentiate from competitors, foodservice operators are increasingly choosing customized food and beverage items, as well as their associated packaging, according to the release.
  • Other major trends include increased breakfast business, grab-and-go items and smaller portion sizes that reflect the consumer snacking trend.

The survey was distributed in September and garnered opinions from companies in the raw materials, machinery, packaging, distribution and operations sectors. published here –

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