Mondi highlights solutions for key packaging trends at PACK EXPOPublication Date:
04 October 2017
Innovative packaging enables corporate and industrial customers to improve food freshness, safety, branding and sustainability
Las Vegas, 04 October 2017 – Mondi, the global packaging and paper Group, demonstrated to a record number of attendees at the recent PACK EXPO trade fair in Las Vegas, USA, how its packaging solutions are addressing key industry trends food freshness, food safety, flexible packaging, and sustainability.
Albert Klinkhammer, Mondi Group Marketing Director, says, “PACK EXPO was a great success. We had about 20% more booth visitors compared to PACK EXPO 2016 in Chicago to meet our team and discuss the latest packaging solutions. With a focus on convenience, our products are helping to shape the industry’s response to current consumer trends.”
North American Packaging Trends: facts, figures and Mondi solutions
Trend #1: Demand for food freshness
Many consumers aspire to more healthy living, but meeting this goal can prove challenging. Cost, taste and convenience remain important to their buying decisions. Nielsen research shows that 58 percent of global respondents want more all-natural products, and 91 percent of consumers in the USA believe that products with recognizable ingredients are healthier.[i]
- SKOG for Food is a new Mondi packaging solution that helps preserve food freshness. Making its premiere in North America, it is Mondi’s newest packaging for food that combines Mondi`s sustainably certified speciality kraft paper with proprietary extrusion coating technology. This combination provides a heat-sealable package with the necessary barrier for food freshness and can be used on form-fill-seal machinery reducing plastic use by up to 70%. The bag can be coated with Mondi’s biodegradable barrier Sustainex and is available as window bag.
Trend #2: Food safety is on customer minds
Increasing food safety is an important trend for food producers and consumers. According to a 2017 survey by the IFIC, the number of people who feel “not too confident” with the safety of the U.S. food supply is rising. Today 35% of Millennials are not confident. And 43% of the total population say they have changed their eating habits due to concerns about safety issues, such as foodborne illnesses from bacteria, which still ranks as the most important food safety issue.[ii]
- Peel Pak®is a Mondi product that promotes food safety and purity. The unique bag for packaging dry dairy and related food products suitable for a clean room environment keeps food safe until use. It’s a ‘bag in a bag’: The inner polyethylene bag is heat sealed and can be completely separated from the outer paper plies to prevent the product inside from coming into contact with the paper fibres. The outer paper ply nevertheless assists in safe transportation and palletisation.
Trend #3: Increasing use of flexible packaging
Brand managers are turning towards flexible packaging to boost sales by over 20% and reduce production costs, according to the latest study by the Flexible Packaging Association.[iii]
- CustoMYzed FlexziBox® is part of Mondi’s custoMYzed line of consumer packaging that creates every package with unique customer challenges in mind. It offers defined options for premium printing, packaging design, and closing features that allow customers stand out in the market while optimizing production performance. It is suitable for a variety of consumer applications including food and pet food.
Trend #4: Sustainability matters
A study by Unilever reveals that 78% of US consumers say they feel better when they buy products that are sustainably produced.[iv]
- Mondi’s Water Soluble Film offers a smart, convenient and biodegradable solution for packing and easy dosing of powders, tabs and granulates. It is a more environmentally-friendly solution compared to other packaging as it helps reduce waste. Whether ready-to-use doses of household dishwasher or laundry detergents, or chemicals for industrial applications, Mondi water soluble film provides excellent barrier properties to protect the product and the end-user, making it safe and easy to use.
For more information about current industry trends and Mondi’s highlights at Pack Expo, please visit http://packexpo.mondigroup.com/en
[i] Nielsen 2016: “What´s in our Food and on our Mind: Ingredient and dining-out trends around the world”.
[ii] The International Food Information Council (IFIC) 2017: Foundation’s 2017 Food & Health Survey, “A Healthy Perspective: Understanding American Food Values”.
[iii] Flexible Packaging Association 2016: “Flexible Packaging Transition Advantages Study”.
[iv] Unilever 2017: Press release, “Report shows a third of consumers prefer sustainable brands”
Please find images and photos of the Mondi booth, products and a portrait of Albert Klinkhammer under the following link:
Nico Bouguerra, Communication Manager
Tel: +43 1 79013 4045
Albert Klinkhammer, Group Marketing Director
Tel: +43 1 79013 4056
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