In 2022, oil and gas companies are moving quickly to consolidate long-term growth strategies around circularity and advanced recycling in both Europe and North America. Plus, industry stakeholders in the mechanical recycling segment begin to draw lines.
New brand owners are finding numerous ways to enter retail or e-commerce channels, and a big reason why so many brands are successful is the ability to produce high-end packaging that stands out to consumers.
Large and small consumer brands are partnering with many different stakeholders in the flexible packaging ecosystem with the express goal of finding supply chains of recycled content for the near future. The themes that appear to be emerging for 2022 are strategies for scale for mechanical recyclers, upstart advanced recycling companies and advanced sorting technologies to meet future demand.
The entire flexible packaging ecosystem — converters, co–packers, brands, extruders — is experiencing a rapid technology shift toward sustainability, and so many consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies are looking for flexible packaging material testing.
Colgate-Palmolive unleashes a new toothpaste pilot program that pushes for more recycling support within the flexible packaging and recycling industries, and how a resurgence of mechanical recycling from industry associations may be in the offing for 2022.
So, the flexible packaging segment is at an inflection point with recycled content. The good news is that more investments are being made into municipal recycling in the U.S.; more than $1 billion in investments was made before U.S. infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 was passed late last year.
Elevation Charcuterie is in full-blown expansion mode as the company keeps adding new varieties to its product line of rustic salami, Mole Salami and Calabrese Salami, to name just a few. Due to this growth, the company decided to move to die-cut rollstock and flow wrapping machines to optimize packaging production and reduce costs.
Consumer packaged goods and brand owners keep increasing investments into packaging materials, equipment and operations as markets rebound from the pandemic and accelerate towards a new normal; many food producers were already accelerating stock keeping units before the pandemic.
UK-based supermarket chain, Iceland, announces a new paper-meets-plastic pillow pouch packaging for its line of frozen chicken breast dippers. Plus, more industry news on paper-based flexible packaging.
Paper-meets-plastic packaging has been making inroads in Europe for the past two years as regulatory drivers and company initiatives have pushed food producers to add more recyclable content to their packaging.
While the 2020 COVID pandemic — needs qualification now — presented huge challenges for internal pilot programs, many consumer packaged goods (CPG) companies pushed forward with these sustainability programs.
Ron Gonen is the founder and CEO of Closed Loop Partners, an investment firm comprising venture capital, private equity, project-based finance and an innovation center. The mission is to help support and move the circular economy forward in many different industries.
Founded in 2014, Closed Loop Partners has been investing, supporting and promoting a range of circular economy collaborations with a range of players, including global consumer goods companies, retailers, industry experts and municipalities — to name a few.