Priority protection products
Experts confirmed that trays are the preferred form of ready-to-eat food packaging for global consumers (34%). In the United Kingdom and Brazil, the proportions of preference for pallets are as high as 54% and 46%, respectively.
In addition, bags (17%), bags (14%), cups (10%) and pots (7%) are the most popular among consumers worldwide. After product protection (49%), product storage (42%), and product information (37%), global consumers rank the convenience of product use (30%), transportation (22%), and availability (12%) as Top priority issues.
In emerging economies, product protection is particularly concerned. In Indonesia, China, and India, consumers who prioritize food safety account for 69%, 63%, and 61%, respectively.
The epidemic has also exacerbated consumers’ concerns about hygiene. Since the outbreak, 59% of consumers worldwide believe that the protective function of packaging is more important. 20% of consumers around the world prefer to use more plastic packaging for epidemic and sanitation purposes, while 40% of consumers admit that plastic packaging is an “unnecessary necessity”.
Food safety and sustainability
Food protection is a key issue in the innovation of ready-to-eat food packaging, as well as the closely related sustainability and insulation drivers.
Experts believe that environmental impact is also a major issue in the catering industry. “In Europe, people are paying particular attention to plastic alternatives and packaging solutions that minimize the impact on the environment without compromising food safety. Another key trend is to ensure that consumers and retail and food manufacturers Easy to handle.”
Challenges of circular economy
Reducing plastic is still the main consumer demand for ready-to-eat food packaging. In addition, more and more stringent laws require recyclability and recycling, and food safety and hygiene are “always the most important.”
Experts explained: “In practice, recyclability often varies within and between countries, depending on the existing infrastructure. From a regional perspective, this sometimes has implications for product development and product range management. challenge.
One of the main challenges of the food packaging circular economy is the severe lack of supply of recycled materials approved for food packaging. “The materials that can be used, such as PET, have not yet been used on a large scale.”
COVID-19 demand surges
Due to the epidemic, the demand for ready-to-eat food packaging solutions for takeaway and restaurant delivery has increased.
Due to the lockdown and social restrictions, the number of food delivery to the door has increased sharply. According to data from Innova Market Insights, since the outbreak of the epidemic, 35% of consumers worldwide have increased their use of home delivery services. The consumption level in Brazil is above average, and more than half (58%) of consumers choose to shop online.
In addition, the survey also shows that 15% of consumers worldwide do not expect to return to normal shopping habits after the epidemic. In the United Kingdom, Germany and the Uni.LK States, as many as 20% of consumers are expected to continue their consumption habits during the epidemic.
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