The beautiful world of packaged food has a few issues it needs to deal with – and one of them is plastic packaging. Plastic packaging was introduced because it was (and is), among other things, convenient and very flexible, and an excellent material to safeguard food from going to waste. But there are also downsides of using plastic packaging. Together with co-host Maartje van den Berg, Consumer Foods-to-Go host Cyrille Filott explores the challenges and opportunities in plastic packaging with Rabobank’s strategist for packaging, Susan Hansen. Although there’s no magic bullet when it comes to solving the current challenges with plastic packaging waste, during the conversation, Susan points out various initiatives that are being taken to improve the sustainability of plastic packaging.Read more
Private-label products are changing fast, and consumer-facing innovation is key. We visited the largest trade show, the PLMA in Amsterdam, to see (and hear) for ourselves what the big changes in the market right now are.Read more
Rabobank expects food costs in the US to increase in the second half of the year, as protein prices are impacted by stronger export demand following the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak. Pork and chicken prices will be the most impacted. Beef will be the last to see increases materialize, but QSR patty prices are expected to be the most vulnerable component. If a trade agreement with China were to be brokered, price increases would be faster and steeper.Read more
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Consumer Foods to Go is a podcast on the wondrous world of packaged food and...