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Industry analysts Smithers says long-term trends will support future growth in demand for packaging over the next 10 years, yielding a total global market value of US$1.13 trillion in 2030, up from US$860bn this year.

Smithers says it is likely the market will see a contraction of 6 per cent in 2020 thanks to Covid, but says it will see return to growth in 2021, although says some segments, notably food packaging, have seen a spike in consumption in 2020.

Its new in-depth market and technology analysis in The Future of Packaging: Long-term Strategic Forecasts to 2030 rates the impact of 30 trends on the packaging industry across the new decade; including their individual outlooks across different packaging materials, end-use segments, geographic regions and national markets.

The most immediate economic trends in 2020 are the Covid-19 pandemic, its impact on global supply chains and consumer purchasing; and the need to emerge from any post-pandemic recession. Smithers’ analysis involves modelling these via multiple scenarios.

Smithers market analyst Georgy Cameron says: “In 2020, Covid-19 has had a severe impact on the global packaging market that we have not seen before, even in the 2008 financial crisis. It has applied pressure across the whole supply chain affecting supply and demand. From 2021 onwards we expect to see overall global packaging growth return to and continue to face the challenges that were there before the pandemic.”

According to Smithers as and when recovery becomes a reality, future packaging market growth will continue due to population growth and ongoing urbanisation in developing regions. Other important demographic changes involve aging populations requiring more pharmaceutical and innovative over-the-counter drug packaging; the deeper adoption of healthy living trends; and shifts in consumer shopping habits fuelling demand for premium and e-commerce formats.

Sustainability has established itself as a pan-industry mega-trend. While this has been eclipsed in the short-term by Covid-19, demand for recycled materials to enable a circular economy in packaging and adhere to new legislative targets will be among the most important drivers Smithers’ analysis concludes.

This will inform many other strategic technology demands across 2020-2030; with converters offering alternative, greener packaging formats, and developing new barrier technologies. The industry is also poised for a wider use of active and intelligent packaging through to 2030; especially the latter, to enable tracking and monitoring of shipments through the supply chain and integration with digitised logistics and warehousing platforms.

Traceability and protecting against counterfeiting are also among the emergent priorities for brand owners and retailers, the Smithers survey finds.

The greatest influence from packaging buyers, however, will come from the wider use of e-commerce sales and automation in distribution, as Industry 4.0 and Internet of Things (IoT) concepts permeate multiple segments. Other important trends from this sector through to 2030 include communicating brand identity, enabling greater customer convenience, and integrating with marketing strategies that leverage social media channels.

The influence of each of these trends is examined critically in the new Smithers study – The Future of Packaging: Long-term Strategic Forecasts to 2030. These are quantified in an exclusive market data set giving historic, current, and future market forecasts over the next ten years; including specific scenarios for the impact of Covid-19.

With 150 data tables and figures this provides an indispensable guide to current and future evolution across the global packaging market.

It is available to purchase now priced €5,250. Orders placed before 30 November 2020 will receive a 10 per cent discount.

Food & Drink Business

Unilever has released its Future Foods initiative, outlining commitments to a healthier and more sustainable global food system. At its centre is a $1.63bn sales target for plant-based meat and dairy alternatives within the next five to seven years.

Coles and waste and recycling services company Cleanaway have launched an organics recovery facility in Brisbane to convert food waste into nutrient-rich compost, the first of its kind in Queensland.

Most of the world’s food is travelling thousands of kilometres through a complex distribution network often hidden from plain sight that’s leaving suppliers in the dark and consumers with inconsistent quality.