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The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

This year is just flying by! It’s already that time of year when our annual Trends Report is released, and 2017 marks our ninth year publishing this survey (you can catch up on previous years here and here). The Trends Report is our response to dozens of requests received throughout the year from media, analysts, conference organizers and others about the latest industry happenings.

This year, we were not very surprised by the responses. But two new factors played a major role influencing the findings: delivery and e-commerce. 

You're probably aware that today's consumers are experiencing nearly limitless food delivery options — from meal kits and delivery programs to increased take-out and delivery options from traditional dine-in foodservice establishments. These choices have a huge impact on how foodservice packaging must perform. After all, if you're ordering delivery from your favorite restaurant, you want the food to look and taste the way it would if you were actually dining in that restaurant. 

Due to the changes in preparation and distribution of meals, other trends continue to be seen within the industry. Things like continued interest in tamper-evident packaging and food safety, smart packaging concepts, and innovations like time and temperature indicators that help keep food fresh and safe. 

We also saw continued interest in changing material types. Consumers, and therefore the foodservice packaging supply chain, are showing a greater interest in recycling and composting foodservice packaging, and in packaging made from recycled materials. Brown is the new green!

At the end of the day, foodservice packaging will continue to evolve and change. What remains the same is that supply chain partners — from suppliers to converters to distributors and operators — will continue to work together to develop products and services that meet customers’ needs. All while keeping performance, cost, branding and the environment in mind. 

For more information on this year's survey, you can check out the executive summary or contact Natha Dempsey

Posted By Lynn M. Dyer (President) | 10/17/2017 12:20:14 PM
 

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