Lightweighting and the move to shelf-ready packaging can be more sustainable, but also exposes delicate products such as biscuits to damage and any savings may be outweighed by extra pallet and shrink-wrap costs, writes Jane Gorick.
Flexible stand up pouches have gained significant traction in the confectionery industry this year, according to recent market research and interviews with packaging suppliers.
Confectioners should reduce portion sizes rather than reformulate since indulgent treats help us enjoy our diets, says a dietitian.
Technology will play a more prominent role in the on-going task to supply people with food in the next five to 10 years with intelligent packaging becoming more popular for getting data about shelf-life.
The European Commission has passed a law meaning generic descriptors for food and beverage products which could be construed as health claims will only be allowed if they have been in use for more than 20 years.
Aplix has reclosable technology that it claims can still reseal flexible confectionery bags after crumbs are caught in the zipper, unlike zip-locks.
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Confectioners are moving towards clear packaging films that display part of the product to win shelf appeal, according to packaging suppler Printpack, which says confectioners should opt for polyester clear films over cheaper polypropylene versions.
Booming demand from the growing middle classes in emerging markets mean confectionery industry investments in processing and packaging equipment will grow 4% to 5% annually, according to a report by processing and packaging association PMMI.
Mondelēz International invested in a European-wide revamp of its regional gum brands this year and the agency involved said consistency demands were the biggest challenge.
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ConAgra Foods has recalled a variety of cookie dough after it was put into a package that does not say the product may contain peanuts.
Researchers have created antimicrobial packaging films containing high flavanol cocoa extracts that they say inhibits the growth of pathogens like listeria, E-coli and salmonella in food products.
RPC Kerkrade has developed two user-friendly “grip pack” bottles for Dreidoppel, a manufacturer of specialist bakery, confectionery and ice cream ingredients in Langenfeld, Germany.
Kinnerton Confectionery has become the first to use High Resolution Gravure printing in the industry for its freshly launched Magnum, Cornetto and Mini Milk chocolates.
Toray Plastics (America) has unveiled a film for gas-flushed packaging applications offering enhanced oxygen and moisture barrier properties.
Mondelez has filed a patent for chocolate bar packaging featuring multiple holographic images that change depending on the angle you look at the product.
Self-sorting chocolates and ketchup that regulates how much you dispense for you are just some of the future packaging trends flagged up by UK firm Benson Group.
Confectionery packaging speeds are nearing their peak with better in-feed and downstream equipment, combined with advances in printing technology, according to the chairman of the NCA’s Supplier Advisory Committee.
Confectioners’ innovative products are being ruined by unimaginative pack styles, according to a packaging expert at Datamonitor.