As the world evolves towards circular economies, more and more consumers are approaching the meat and seafood case with a growing interest in products that boast sustainable processing and packaging, forcing food processors and retailers to think differently about how packaging can improve sustainability.
Plastic taxes, regulatory bans of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam, sustainability pledges, and consumer pressure will keep sustainability attributes, such as recyclability, biodegradability, and packaging waste top of mind for food processors, retailers, and consumers. Regulatory changes and evolving consumer preferences can lead any meat processor or retailer to make packaging decisions too quickly, so it's important to work with someone you trust, stay informed, and make the change that’s right for you.
Packaging trends from the 2022 National Meat Case Study.
Even though most consumers dispose of their meat packaging by throwing it in the trash, concerns over package and food waste continue to rise. Sustainability attributes, such as recyclability, biodegradability, and packaging waste are growing areas of interest for food processors, retailers, and consumers.
And while the definition of “sustainable packaging” can vary greatly depending on individual needs and perspectives, we take a life cycle approach. We believe it is critically important to go beyond the traditional focus on end of life to include all possible impacts of a package, from sourcing and manufacturing through design, use, transportation, and recovery.
*Key features represent configurations or options available within the overall category
1. Degree of recyclability will vary depending on scope and availability of collection, sortation and recycling programs.
2. Check locally. H2R Label does not apply to trays which contain carbon black.