FALLS CHURCH, VA. (Dec. 28, 12:15 p.m. ET) — Green issues remain important for foodservice packaging suppliers, but costs continue to be a strong driving force for material and packaging selections, according to a report from the Foodservice Packaging Institute.
The industry has seen a shift in emphasis on materials and “beginning of life” issues as compared to other years where “end of life” has been the primary focus, according to the Falls Church-based group's latest Foodservice Packaging Trends Report.
Another important trend: a shift to consumers wanting smaller meal options at various times throughout the day. According to the report, consumers may have economical or nutritional motivations, and the trend is offering opportunities for restaurants and packaging suppliers.
FPI also said cost pressure will continue to drive consolidation in the sector.
“As these changes continue, the industry and its offerings may look a bit different, but we will emerge leaner, more efficient, and hopefully poised for growth as the economy improves,” said FPI President Lynn M. Dyer, in a news release.
The Trends Report is free to FPI members and costs $250 for non-members.