According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approximately 40% of food produced is wasted. The annual amount of this waste is an alarming 36 million tons, worth $162 billion each year. Much of this waste is due to spoilage and occurs within the retail and household sectors.
The way that people consume their food is changing—and the foodservice industry is following suit.
What is tamper-evident packaging? It may seem like the name explains itself, but it has a few essential characteristics as outlined by the Food and Drug Administration that give tamper-evident packaging its unique identity:
According to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO), food waste has become a massive worldwide issue clearly illustrated by the following statistics:
When Rayovac sought to repackage their hearing aid batteries, Plastic Ingenuity was up to the challenge. The previous package – in use since the 1990s – made the removal of the battery difficult for the end customer.
The traditional retail shopping experience has shifted dramatically in today’s digital age, as meal delivery, online product ordering, and pre-purchasing services continue to rise in popularity. Online grocery sales alone are predicted to take over $100 billion of the food market by 2025.
By 2025, 70% of consumers will be purchasing food and beverage products online, reaching $100 billion in consumer sales, according to the Food Marketing Institute. To meet the rising demand for digital grocery services, many retailers are adopting e-commerce solutions to supplement their existing brick-and-mortar presence. And to fill online orders for groceries and meal kits, some brick-and-mortar retail grocers are even turning portions of their facilities into miniature distribution centers.
Today, more and more health care product manufacturing, assembly, and packaging processes are using automation to ensure highly efficient, smooth operations.
This shift toward automation is already allowing for a range of benefits, and is expected to continue rising in popularity. Health care automation allows for higher speeds of production, as well as enhanced safety since managers are granted greater control over all processes.
Plus, monitoring the parameters of equipment performance allows manufacturers to rectify issues immediately, ensuring consistently high quality while cutting down on maintenance needs and downtime.
Streamlined traceability is another key advantage, helping brands maintain their reputations as trustworthy leaders in the industry.
The packaging industry is constantly evolving due to a range of factors — in particular, new technological advances and innovations, increasing need for sustainable options, and rising customer demand for convenience without sacrificing quality.
In recent years, many companies have begun making the “Rx-to-OTC switch,” the process of transferring a proven prescription-only drug (Rx) to nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) status. Making the shift to OTC availability involves a scientifically rigorous, data-driven process, and medications must meet strict requirements, including a considerable margin of safety, proven efficacy, and comprehensive and clear labeling practices.