Restaurant diners are seeking out locally sourced natural food. According to the National Restaurant Association, which surveys chefs each year for feedback on trends for the upcoming year, consumers want local, natural and organic. Locally sourced and grown foods were named in four out of the top ten trends. Also named were natural foods and sustainability with an emphasis on organic, healthy foods. Once again, concern for the environment is important. Consumers are also becoming more health conscious and educated in their food choices. Locally sourced meats, seafood and produce are in demand as people become more conscious of their health and the type of food they are purchasing and eating. This trend is not just limited to foodies. Consumers are more food savvy and are embracing the hyper-local food trend, where every part of a meal is sourced locally. Diners want to know where their food is coming from, and eating seasonally and locally keeps us close to nature. Local sourcing supports small, local farms and keeps them economically healthy, hopefully allowing for the farms to flourish and stay productive. This is one reason that ordering and embracing the local food movement is important to the restaurant industry. Another key trend
Sustainability is a key issue in food packaging. Almost 60% of consumers want their packaging to be more sustainable and 40% are willing to pay a little more in the process. (source: Asia Pulp and Paper 2013 survey) The fast food, consumer goods and beverage markets, in particular, have work to do on their sustainable packaging. Sustainability standards are measured in four areas: recyclability, compostability, recycled content, and source production. The US lags behind other countries in its recycling efforts – its recycling rate is 34.5% compared to other countries, and packaging recycling is at about 51%. Current packaging practices such as the use of black plastic and the increase in flexible packaging should be looked at, since these two packaging options are not recyclable. (Source: As You Sow & The National Resource Defense Council, Waste and Opportunity 2015) The fast food industry especially is a big user of plastic food packaging. The truth remains that the majority of fast food packaging will end up in a landfill. The industry is not doing much to solve this problem. Pressure is on to
More than 48,400 attendees and 2,352 exhibitors participated in the 2014 PACK EXPO International that took place in Chicago this past November. On November 5, Jeff Lukas, National Sales for IML North America, presented as part of the Innovation Stage at McCormick Place in Chicago. During his presentation, Igniting Sales with Market-Leading Packaging, Jeff discussed how product packaging can create change in the marketplace. The type of change could be as simple as a company reinvigorating a tired brand or as dramatic as a company creating a new market where one did not exist before. The key take away – companies that are willing to lead by being the first to innovate with new packaging can realize tremendous benefits. “You don’t ignite sales by just striding water. You are going to be trapped in the water, trying not to drown. We are not talking about incremental changes but being a market leader.” “The risks of change are high. You will have equipment to change over, a new marketing message, a new shelf space configuration, and sales team to re-engage. It is expensive and risky to do anything different. However, if you do not change, the consequence is far more expensive.
Asian food, particularly pho, is gaining in popularity, especially in the fast casual arena. New and trendy foods always get noticed, and Asian food is leading the way in that area and showing solid growth. For proof, consider these numbers: Technomic profiled 11 fast casual Asian/noodle concepts that saw $2.7 billion in sales from 2,273 units, a 23% sales growth and a 14% unit growth over two years’ time. The increased interest in Asian Food is due primarily to four factors:* Unique flavor profile – Asian foods, especially pho, offer flavor variety across the board with fresh and unique tastes Primarily healthy options – The Asian menu is composed of mostly proteins and vegetables. It’s low fat, gluten-free and heart-healthy Customization – Diners can customize their orders very easily Portability – Asian food is well suited for take out, delivery and catering One Asian food in particular is getting a lot of attention and could grow rapidly, especially as a fast casual dining option. Pho, a Vietnamese soup that is made up of steaming hot broth with rice noodles and vegetables, is suddenly gaining in popularity and restaurants specifically devoted to pho are cropping up more and more. What is
Effective packaging can attract new customers and keep existing ones. Packaging promotes and positions a new brand. In short, packaging is a major factor in our purchases. During a typical 30 minute shopping trip, consumers are exposed to an average of 20,000 different products. Impulse purchases make up about 40% of consumer spending. And out of this statistic, 14% of the total impulse purchase are food items, with shoppers saying they are often drawn in by product appearance. Packaging drives one-third of consumers’ purchasing decisions. So food packaging is an important, some might say critical component in a food processor’s supply chain. So let’s look at packaging a bit more closely. What is the single most important product visual in a package? Color without a doubt. See chart below for a breakdown of color meanings and what each color evokes in consumers. In general, the color of a package should match the target market. For example, consider candy packaging – bright colors attract children’s eyes, so vibrant reds, bright blues and sunny yellows are often used. Green is often used for healthy products, since as a color green connotes nature and health. And of course, everyone knows the Coca-Cola red
We continue to keep an eye out for innovations in food packaging from around the world. The trends in design are warm graphics that look “homemade” or simple and friendly. Wood and paper give the consumer a feeling of being green or natural. Special people-friendly features built into packaging can give a useful dimension instead of a disposable carrier that generates waste. In Mold Labeling can express the new trends in such a way that creativity is the only obstacle. Please enjoy reading about the latest food packaging trends found in Europe: http://www.packagingoftheworld.com/2014/10/5-emerging-packaging-design-trends-for.html
Now onto the second part of our look at food packaging trends for 2015.* Hand Drawn Logos and Labeling The emergence of unique, hand drawn logos and labeling on packaged food items is a result of social media. Social media apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, more easily allow food brands to have personalities. Packaging the products in this way adds a human touch and suggests there is a face behind the brand. Ultra-functional Packaging Another trend beginning to take off is packaging that offers the consumer additional uses after they bring the product home. For example, a corrugated wine caddy may turn into a small, countertop wine rack. Or take out packaging might turn into a recyclable plate. The possibilities are numerous – and redefine value-added. Using Design to Differentiate Flavor Another trend gaining steam is packaging design being used to differentiate flavor or variety changes. The design is used to unify the brand, but color changes or photo swaps identify different products in the brand line. The look is cohesive and smart, and further promotes the brand in the marketplace. Kraft Paper and Wooden Packaging With sustainable packaging continuing to gain in importance and demand, Kraft paper and
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
In a busy food service kitchen, Sterling King Products foil pop-ups are used in a variety of ways. How about wrapping baked potatoes to accompany a steak dinner? Or wrapping tacos and burritos? Burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs can all be wrapped in foil pop-ups to stay warm and fresh. Foil pop-ups are a necessary food service packaging item – and quality counts as much as cost. Good quality at a low cost Top quality at an affordable price – this defines the Sterling King Products brand. Our pop-ups are strong, durable and easy to handle and use. The pop-ups are inner folder – one sheet is folded inside another – so the pop-ups work all the way to the bottom sheet. Sterling King Products foil pop-ups can withstand the demands of your food service kitchen. But we know that your margins are getting squeezed all the time. So our foil pop-ups are reasonably priced. Rest assured – you don’t have to sacrifice quality when buying our affordable foil pop-ups. Well-designed packaging Sterling King Products foil pop-ups feature heavy duty packaging that is water repellent, unlike our competitors. Their boxes are made from cheap chipboard that is porous. When it
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