－Two new trends in the development of the industry
According to a report from a market research organization, by 2026, the global food packaging market will reach 606.3 billion U.S. dollars, with a compound annual growth rate of 5.6%. At the same time, new development trends are emerging in the packaging industry.
Green packaging materials
In the modern food industry, food packaging is a very important process. It can protect the food, so that the food will not be damaged by external factors during the circulation process, so as to keep the quality of the food itself stable.
At present, my country’s food packaging is divided into four major categories, namely metal packaging, plastic packaging, paper packaging and glass packaging. As consumers’ awareness of environmental protection has gradually increased, the market for paper packaging has expanded.
According to data, as of the end of 2019, the number of enterprises above designated size in the paper and cardboard container industry in my country was about 2,350, and the industry concentration of the paper packaging industry was about 4.40%. There is still much room for improvement in the future.
In the past two years, the domestic food paper packaging industry is accelerating the integration, small companies are gradually being eliminated, and large companies are acquiring a larger market share through mergers and acquisitions or establishing new production capacity.
In addition to paper packaging, some new packaging materials for waste recycling are also being continuously developed.
An Israeli technology company successfully developed a natural environmentally friendly material using bagasse as a raw material to replace crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (C-PET) plastic to produce ready-to-eat food packaging boxes. After 4 years of research and development, the environmentally friendly materials they obtained based on bagasse can withstand the environment of -40°C to 250°C. More importantly, it has the liquid repellency necessary for food packaging materials (no oil or water), and the packaging boxes produced with it can be discarded as organic waste after use, or can be recycled together with paper.
A company in Southern California is also studying the use of bagasse (sugar cane fiber), bamboo, wheat, straw and other organic fiber agricultural waste to produce degradable and environmentally friendly food packaging.
Packaging technology continues to upgrade
In addition to packaging materials, packaging equipment also occupies an important position in the food packaging process.
Nowadays, the packaging forms in the domestic food market are very diverse, including boxes, bags, prefabricated bags, stretch films, etc., and the required packaging equipment is also different. my country’s packaging equipment research and development started slowly, but after years of development, the domestic packaging equipment manufacturing industry has achieved good results.
It is understood that the current domestic food packaging equipment includes vacuum packaging machines, modified atmosphere packaging machines, pillow packaging machines, stretch film packaging machines, vertical packaging machines, etc., which can meet the packaging needs of different foods. However, it is worth noting that although domestic food packaging technology is developing rapidly, there is still a big gap compared with foreign countries, including less automatic control technology application, low-level product repetition, low technical content, low processing accuracy requirements, and so on.
Some institutions predict that my country’s packaging equipment market demand will reach 16.85 billion yuan in 2021, with a compound annual growth rate of 10.15%. If domestic packaging equipment manufacturers want to compete for this market share, they need to improve the equipment structure and promote the development of equipment in the direction of multi-function and combination, so that packaging machinery can accept more different packaging forms, involving shapes, sizes, and materials. Structure and closed structure, etc.
The quality of food packaging is directly related to the “safety on the tip of the tongue” of hundreds of millions of people. Therefore, food packaging occupies an important position in the food industry. With the change in the concept of social development, food packaging materials tend to be green and environmentally friendly. Special equipment for food packaging is also developing in the direction of good dynamic accuracy and high degree of automation to meet the ever-increasing production needs.
Post time: May-31-2021