Active and intelligent packaging, nanotechnology, printed electronics and sustainable packaging will help determine packaging design considerations in the next decade. Personalization, luxury, and “kid’s power” will also factor into future package design. Some of these design factors and technologies are already utilized in packages currently on the market or in development, but they will also represent the key drivers and trends affecting global packaging design, according to Smithers Pira’s new report, “The Future of Packaging Design: Long-Term Strategic Forecasts to 2026.”
Amcor has taken another step towards its goal to provide more sustainable packaging solutions by producing the first designed to be recycled plastic packaging for powdered chocolate in Latin America.
Compared to the previous packaging, this new solution reduces the package’s carbon footprint by 53% and water consumption by 84% when it is recycled. The new sachet has a high-barrier feature to protect against humidity and will be available to consumers in its 25g sachet format in Colombia this month.
Working closely with the customer, Amcor has leveraged its global and local R&D resources to develop this packaging solution which meets sustainability criteria while maintaining product protection, shelf life and aesthetic appeal. Amcor was the first global packaging company to pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.
Fabio Gonzalez, Amcor Colombia R&D Manager commented, “The new sachet is designed to be recycled in accordance with industry standards. This development reflects Amcor’s unique R&D capabilities for creating innovative new packaging solutions that meet high standards for shelf life, sustainability criteria and visual appeal. It also reaffirms our commitment to ensuring all our packaging is designed to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.”
Following on the launch of the powdered chocolate sachet, similar innovative packaging solutions will be applied to the product’s larger formats as well as similar dry food product lines that require a high humidity barrier. Customers can expect to see these products hit supermarket shelves in their new packaging later this year.
Amcor has a record of collaborating with major food and beverage manufacturers to provide innovative and more sustainable packaging solutions for a number of products. For example, in Chile, Amcor recently introduced designed to be recycled packaging for dry soups; and made the move from cans to flexible pouches for condensed milk. And beyond Latin America, Amcor introduced the world’s first designed to be recycled retort pouch for wet pet food in the Netherlands, as well as the first food flexible packaging made with recycled content in Australia.