Earlier rigid packaging was used for nearly all packing requirements. But of late, companies in quite a few sectors that involve constant packaging, have moved to flexible packaging owing to its copious benefits and ecological affability.
The global flexible packaging market for food and beverages (F&B) is slated to exceed US$ 83 billion by 2020. In the F&B industry, flexible packaging has wide-ranging uses owing to its characteristics like condensed production and shipment outlays, comfort in handling, and eco-friendliness. Dealers are developing cutting-edge flexible packaging products which have barrier resistance qualities that offer resistance to heat and moistness and eradicate oxidation of foodstuffs. Such qualities aid in upholding the quality and consistency of foodstuffs while prolonging their shelf life minus the use preservatives.
In addition, flexible packaging employs about 60% smaller amount of plastic than rigid plastics, which consequences in a lightweight product, making it appropriate for the makers to decrease their operative expenditures. With the increasing demand for expedient packaging in packaged food and beverages sector, the flexible packaging market will eyewitness high progress in the forthcoming years because of the prospects it offers like spouts, zip locks, and resealable zippers.
One of the hottest trends gaining grip in this market is the increasing use of smart packaging materials. Smart packaging materials are adept in sensing a change in the outside environment and help makers to make consequent changes associated with the moisture content, temperature, and pressure. Smart packaging in flexible materials like the use of antimicrobial films and ionomer films also supports in increasing the shelf life of the product. These films can also be furnished with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to trail goods. Furthermore, a number of manufacturers are up and coming with ground-breaking packaging solutions in pouch sealing to keep food and beverages fresh for a prolonged period.
Flexible packaging empowers inventive branding by allowing flexible printing in an economical way. These products assemble right ahead of their end-users and inventive branding policies through flexible packaging are ascertaining to lift the sales. It has also been witnessed that the whole production method of flexible packaging devours less than half of energy than rigid packaging. Flexible packaging is long-lasting, and resistant against impairment through external impact. These packaging also stay put against scrapes and vendors are getting much lesser product returns or grievances against them for spoiled products.
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