China’s Changing Paper Trail – The Impact of China's New Import Policy on the Domestic Paper Packaging Industry
From 2017 onwards, China’s government has issued a series of recovered-paper (RCP) import bans to address environmental and general health issues, and enhance self-sufficiency of old corrugated containers (OCC). Because the country is currently highly dependent on imported OCC, these policies are expected to have a significant effect on the local corrugated paper packaging industry. We believe the industry is set to enter a new era of growing pains while it transitions towards achieving the Chinese government’s goals of self-sufficiency and environmental sustainability.Read more
As we increase meal locations from dining tables to include car seats and benches in the park, standup pouches have increasingly become attractive to North American consumers and suppliers in the recent years. They account for a market of almost USD 3bn, with 3.5% CAGR in the US and Canada in the next five years. Standup pouches’ portability, light weight, flexibility, high product dispensing rates which reduce food waste, and endless possibilities for customization, have given it many advantages over other packaging formats. In these busy times of food innovation and new product launches, flexible pouches can help differentiate brands on the shelf and play an essential role in consumers’ purchase decisions. Packaging modification is becoming a popular approach to product innovation.Read more
Food waste is a global problem – and, at the same time, a great opportunity to feed the world sustainably. Each year, around 1.3bn tonnes of food are wasted worldwide, which, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), amounts to one-third of all food produced. Clearly, this is an inefficient way of using resources, has a negative impact on the economy, is a threat to food security, and limits the availability of resources like water and land. With the Sustainable Development Goal 12.3 (SDG 12.3), the United Nations is committed to halving the global amount of food waste and food loss per person by 2030. This contributes to one of the biggest challenges of this century: better food for more people.Read more
In anticipation of consumer spending recovering further across the EU...
Over the last two weeks, the UK government and the European Commission both...