This is the first of two articles focusing on key trends for food packaging moving into 2015. Aseptic packaging If you’ve noticed more soup and broth packaged in boxes instead of cans at the grocery store, you have noticed aseptic packaging. Aseptic packaging, the process in which a food product and its package is sterilized separately and then combined and sealed under a sterilized atmosphere, is one of the leading food packaging trends going into 2015. The $35.8 billion aseptic packaging market is predicted to experience nearly double digit growth,* due to consumers’ demands for chemical-free, and fresh, natural food and beverages. Much of the demand and growth will come from South/Southeast Asia and China, where growth is forecast at 11% a year and 3.5% a year, respectively.** In fact, DuPont Industries recently honored Parakh Agro Industries, in India with a DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation for its ultra-high-temperature milk pouches that keep milk fresh without refrigeration for up to 90 days and enable it to be consumed without first being boiled. *http://www.foodproductiondaily.com/Packaging/What-s-driving-growth-in-the-35.8bn-aseptic-packaging-market **http://www.packworld.com/package-feature/shelf-life/global-aseptic-packaging-forecast-grow-24-next-five-years Sustainability Sustainability is still a key trend for packaging, and the food packaging sector is no exception. Concern for the environment and how plastic packaging, in
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