We couldn’t live without food. But listen to the mainstream media too much and you’d be forgiven for thinking that we’re having trouble living with it, too. Between scare stories over rising prices, obesity, food waste and, of course, over-packaging, food is very much in the firing line.
That’s why in this month’s Packaging News, we’ve pulled out all the stops to bring you a major new report on food packaging. From design for small brands through to the biggest retailers’ efforts to protect fresh produce, via the latest hygiene regulations and the debate on compostable and biodegradable packs, we’ve covered it all.
Inside composting’s murky world
Compostable packaging is increasingly popular but, as Paul Gander argues, things are not as clear-cut as they may seem.
Farmed-out design put small firm on map
Jill Park meetsDebbie & Andrew’s, a sausage start-up who brand foundered until a design makeover of its packaging.
Disposables: One-hit wonders
Simeon Goldstein looks at packaging innovations in the food service sector.
Ready Meals: Quick-cook meals strive to shape up
Rod Abbott explains how the slowing ready-meal market is using packaging to revive sales.
Vacuum packing: Touching the void
Lynda Searby looks at new kit in the vacuum packaging market.
Food: how each sector stacks up
Euromonitor’s run-down of stats from the various food sectors.
Wrap’s Andrew Parry on why the organisation is turning its attention to food waste.
Supermarkets step up to the plate
Catherine Dawes looks at how supermarket own-brands are taking on the traditionally dominant branded products.
Maintaining a clean bill of health
Jane Ellis presents the latest rules and regulations for food packing hygiene.
Des King examines how the argument over packaging fresh fruit and veg has moved to a more measured debate.
Fancy oils’ slick new direction
Jill Park investigates how olive oils are moving away – gradually – from their traditional packaging.