As mentioned in our Christmas 2017 blog, street-food is enjoying its time in the limelight thanks to growing demand from the consumer for innovative, globally-influenced lunch and snack options. When the consumer thinks of artisan street-food however, it’s unlikely that they associate classic white or champagne coloured EPS trays with being an eco-friendly packaging alternative for their favourite street-foods.
What would life be like without bangers with your mash, cocktail sausages at a picnic or pigs in blankets next to your turkey at Christmas? Miserable. That’s what.
We are aware of the health risks that have recently been tied to sausages and processed meats, however eating is all about quantity - any food in excess is bad for you. Sausages are an excellent source of protein, contain essential amino acids and provide vitamins and minerals.
Well, it’s fair to say that the once traditionally American holiday Halloween has well and truly got its feet under the British table or should I say has its hands in Britain’s pockets.
The annual event is expected to provide more than £271 million of benefit to the UK retail sector this year, adding 5% to its annual growth and making it the UK’s third most profitable seasonal period.
Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980; in 2014, over 1.9 billion adults were overweight according to The World Health Organisation.
From ‘Supersize me’ menu options to 50% extra free pack offers, no wonder consumers are overeating. It’s no secret that we as modern consumers can’t resist a bargain and larger packs generally tend to be better value for money and with these incentives it’s easy to give in.
Are you worried about what you’re having for breakfast tomorrow and where it’s coming from? You could argue your local supermarket but actually it’s a lot wider than that. As the population increases along with food waste and climate change food supply is becoming a greater worry than ever.
Seafood appears to be an increasingly popular protein source for consumers, especially with the rise in consumption of sushi together with growing numbers of health conscious consumers making a link between fish and well being. Surf and turf dining options and ready-to-cook products are also beginning to attract more millennials. However, despite this apparent popularity, overall volume sales of fish and shellfish are forecast to drop by 13% to 329 million kilograms by 2019.
The UK is currently the world’s second largest online grocery market according to IGD whose worth is expected to almost double to reach $28 billion in just 5 years. So can retailers and packaging companies afford to miss out on these online grocery opportunities but also deliver on functionality and sustainability?
So what is this new phenomenon all about? Why is everybody so suddenly interested in innovating new products and consuming protein rich products? It is a known fact that protein helps to rebuild muscle tissue, which is the main reason for the tight relationship between males working out and protein. But it seems it’s not only the male fitness buffs that are interested in the food group.
It’s easy to blame something such as plastic for being a main contributor to the world’s environmental issues, as it doesn’t have the squeakiest of clean reputations. However, with everyone hopping onto the sustainability train lately, it’s getting more pressure than ever. Highlighting these three main misconceptions of plastic packaging will hopefully open a few eyes to the wonderful world of plastic!
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