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The Flexible Packaging Market: Breaking Down Market Trends with Thought Leader Insights

The flexible packaging market has witnessed steady growth over recent years. As the demand for lightweight and aesthetically pleasing packaging rises, the market continues to grow. Increasing urbanization, population, and need for convenience are other crucial factors contributing to the growth of the flexible packaging market. In recent years, convenience, aesthetics, and mass production have been essential factors in increasing consumer satisfaction. Urbanization, particularly in the APAC region, and an increase in population has also led to higher demand for on-the-go, easy-to-use packaging.

Food is the largest end-use industry in the flexible packaging market and was one of the earliest industries to adopt flexible packaging. Due to this change, the industry has seen continued growth over recent years, as demand for convenient packaging for ready-to-eat packaged food, snacks, and frozen meals increased.

The flexible packaging market continuously experiences and witnesses a variety of market trends. These trends change as time, technology, and consumer preferences advance. More recently, issues of environmental safety, increasing innovation, convenient shopping habits, and changes in consumers’ demands have impacted the market.

These are continually evolving and changing trends that can be incredibly challenging for companies since they require change, innovation, and preparation to overcome efficiently. Therefore, many top market players leverage expertise on market trends analysis. This analysis allows companies to stay ahead of the trends and their competitors. In this article, Infiniti’s research experts answer questions regarding the most prominent trends in the flexible packaging market, while also highlighting the importance of market trends analysis for market players.   

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Q&A: Flexible Packaging Market Trends        

How does the growing demand for sustainability affect the flexible packaging market?

Contrary to popular belief, the demand for sustainable packaging is a positive factor for the flexible packaging market. Rising concern regarding the environmental crisis and the technological developments in the field of sustainability has led to a steady increase in the demand for sustainable packaging over recent years. The rigid-to-flexible packaging conversion was a significant change in the market, and sustainable packaging is the next significant conversion.

Recyclable, bio-degradable, and cost-effective packaging solutions are being rapidly developed. This allows companies to reduce costs, keep customers satisfied, produce eco-friendly products, and reduce waste. Major brands across the globe are working towards developing sustainable packaging solutions. With initiatives such as these, the conversion to recyclable packaging will be faster and will act as a significant growth driver in this market.

What role does the food industry play in the flexible packaging market?

Food is the largest end-use industry in this market. There has been a recent, substantial increase in demand for ready-to-eat and on-the-go foods. As countries urbanize and populations increase, there is a higher need for convenient products and efficient processes. For instance, a flexible plastic pouch packaging helps consumers save space, time, and reduce waste, as opposed to rigid packaging of any form.

Processed fruits and vegetables, as well as baby food, are expected to outperform other segments of flexible food packaging. With the adoption of sustainable alternatives in flexible packaging, food packaging companies are likely to increase their use of flexible packaging. Sustainable packaging allows for a longer shelf-life, better aesthetic appeal, and higher consumer demand.

How crucial is innovation in the flexible packaging market?

With the increasing demand for eco-friendly and sustainable packaging, the flexible packaging market is constantly innovating. Developing efficient and cost-effective sustainable alternatives is crucial to the growth of the market. Additionally, plastic pouches are the most prominent segment in flexible packaging due to their high flexibility, ease-of-use, and light weight. Recently, there have been various innovations in plastic pouches. Tear notches, spouts, and resealable closures are the characteristics developed and modified the most.

Advances in manufacturing technology to lower production costs and increase the speed of production lines are essential for the growth of this market. Without innovation, growth in flexible packaging will stagnate. Constant innovation helps companies improve operations, understand market trends and challenges, and, most importantly, increase customer satisfaction.

How has a high demand for convenience changed the flexible packaging market?

As convenience becomes a necessity, consumers are searching for the most efficient alternatives to shopping from small grocery stores. Recently, supermarkets have become the preferred mode of shopping for consumers in the United States, due to the availability of multiple products in one area. Companies produce and deliver large inventory to supermarkets across the country, and this translates into a need for a high volume of flexible packaging.

Further, eCommerce has become a crucial focus for almost every industry due to the high level of convenience it provides. The food industry is one such industry, and flexible packaging allows for low-cost manufacturing, accessible transportation, and longer shelf-life. The growth of supermarket shopping and eCommerce has led to an increased need for flexible packaging across industries.

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Market Trends Analysis in the Flexible Packaging Market

These trends have transformed the flexible packaging industry over recent years. As technology, consumer preferences, and sustainable packaging continue to change, so do the trends that influence the market. Market trends analysis allows flexible packaging companies to forecast, identify, and understand the current and upcoming trends in the market to grow efficiently. Understanding market trends will enable companies to strategize and produce according to current or forecasted demand, minimize customer attrition, and stay a step ahead of competitors.

Infiniti’s market trends analysis has helped prominent flexible packaging market players exceed their revenue goals, sign deals with top players, and innovate effective alternatives. As the flexible packaging market continues to grow, staying ahead of the curve is becoming a necessity. Market trends analysis enables customers to stay ahead of the curve, their competitors, and consumers’ changing preferences.

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Market Research Engagement Helped a Flexible Packaging Firm to Enhance Sales by 23%

Flexible Packaging Industry Overview

The global flexible packaging market is currently witnessing a period of low growth due to the rising tariffs on raw materials, evolving consumer buying behavior, and flexible packaging companies’ inability to make technology upgrades to meet rising market demands. In addition, the increase in prices of raw materials and sustainability issues are presenting additional challenges for companies in the flexible packaging industry. Consequently, companies in the flexible packaging industry are compelled to streamline operations, revamp traditional business models, and proactively take approaches to tackle challenges coming their way.

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Business Challenge

The client is a flexible packaging firm based out of the United States

The US flexible packaging industry has been experiencing rapid transformations due to the rising tariff on raw materials and rapidly changing customer buying behavior. In order to adapt to the changes and gain a leading edge, an American flexible packaging firm wanted to gather comprehensive insights into the market’s development, industry regulations, customer needs, and competitive landscape.

They approached the experts at Infiniti Research to leverage their expertise in offering market research solution. By leveraging Infiniti’s market research solution, the client also wanted to tackle challenges such as:

1Flexible packaging industry challenge #1: Understand customer buying habits

As the growth of online shopping has reduced the emotional impact that traditional packaging generated in retail stores, the flexible packaging industry client was struggling to understand customer buying behavior and adapt packaging to suit online shoppers needs.

Flexible packaging industry challenge #2: Adapt to rapid technological changes

As leading companies in the US flexible packaging industry heavily invested into new technologies and processes, the client wanted to keep up with rapid technological developments in the market. By doing so, they wanted to make constant technology upgrades to meet the rising market demand. In addition, by keeping up with market demands, they wanted to stay financially prepared.

Flexible packaging industry challenge #3: Adopt cost-cutting initiatives

As common raw materials used in the flexible packaging industry are experiencing steep price increases, the wanted to identify cost-effective measures undertaken by their competitors to cut down on operational cost.

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Solutions Offered2

We followed a three-phased approach to market research engagement.

  • A customer intelligence engagement to gather insights on primary customer needs and identify reasons behind customer switching to different brands.
  • A market trend analysis study to identify trends in the flexible packaging industry in the United States. In addition, this engagement involved analyzing factors impacting customer buying behavior and understanding technological developments in the US flexible packaging industry.
  • A competitive intelligence engagement to analyze competitors’ strategies and identify growth opportunities. This engagement also involved measuring the client’s market position compared to their competitors. Also, this engagement involved identifying areas where the client lacked in comparison to the top flexible packaging companies in the US.

Results Obtained

Our market research engagement helped the company in the US flexible packaging industry to understand customers’ buying behaviors and innovate packaging materials to suit online shoppers needs. Also, by closely analyzing competitors’ strategies and business models, they were able to identify the best technologies and processes to invest on to yield huge savings. In addition, they were able to make technology upgrades before their competitors. This helped them to efficiently meet customers’ needs and demands.

In addition, by understanding supply chain challenges in advance, they were able to revamp their traditional supply chain models and adopt innovative techniques. This helped the client to enhance operational efficiency and product quality. Also, the company in the flexible packaging industry was able to enhance sales by 23%.

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Why It’s Time to Rethink Your Packaging Strategy and How to Do It Right

As hundreds of new products make their entry into retail shelves every year, it is critical for brands to revamp their packaging strategy in order to stand out in the market. Furthermore, changing consumer demand, social movements, increasing regulatory compliance, and economic challenges have brought the need for better packaging initiatives to the forefront. Businesses must rely on packaging strategy solutions that are ongoing, periodically evaluated, and continuously improved. Moreover, modern brands have also realized the importance of packaging strategies in marketing a product. The packaging design can play a vital role in the customers’ buying decision. Customers are placing equal importance on both the quality of the packaging design and the functional aspect of the product.

Packaging strategy solutions experts at Infiniti Research explain some of the key reasons why businesses must consider a product packaging redesign.

Outdated product packaging design

Trends in the packaging industry are constantly changing. In the 90s, skeuomorphic designs that made products resemble their real-world counterparts were popular. Most of the product packaging designs during that era also featured bright colors and a large number of design elements. However, today most companies are adopting a packaging strategy that is aligned with a minimalist approach which incorporates a significantly lower amount of design elements. If your current packaging strategy is outdated from what your counterparts in the market are offering, it definitely needs an upgrade.

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Innovation in product formula

It is common for companies to explore new product innovations and formulas over time. With the introduction of new ingredients or technology, the brand’s packaging strategy will have to adapt to meet these new functionalities and specifications. Moreover, this also acts as a good opportunity for brands for marketing the improvements in their product formula.

Company rebranding

Rebranding has become a common business trend lately. Mostly legacy brands who have been in business for decades tend to change to a more contemporary branding to reflect the modern times. Some even make changes to their logos and visuals in order to reflect a change in direction. Formulating a new packaging strategy under such circumstances are important to ensure that the design is consistent with the brand’s new aesthetic.

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Public relations crisis

Even the best of brands have experienced a public relations crisis at some point. As today we live in a digitally connected world, negative publicity can spread like wildfire on social media channels, proving fatal for the brand image and reputation. In case companies go through such a crisis, they must rethink their packaging strategy for two primary reasons. Firstly, it shows that the brand is moving away from the bad publicity that it has received. Secondly, it creates an impression that the brand is actively trying to improve its brand image, starting with the design.

Technological advancements

Incorporating modern technology as a part of your new packaging strategy can not only result in efficient product packaging and design strategy but also helps identify innovative designs that you may be missing out on. For instance, brands use several new visual elements in packaging to attract customers including embossing, debossing, foil stamping, or even a spot UV that highlights a part of the packaging design.

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Market Opportunity Analysis to Support Data-Driven Business Strategies for a Flexible Packaging Firm

With a growing focus on sustainability, flexible packaging is replacing traditional rigid packaging solutions. Also increasing market demand for consumer-friendly and sustainable packaging materials have propelled flexible packaging as a cost-effective alternative.

Despite the strong market demand for flexible packaging services, the entry of new players in the global flexible packaging market is projected to boost the market competition. This has made it vital for major players in the flexible packaging market to conduct market research and approach the right partners to provide intelligent business solutions.

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The Challenge 

A major flexible packaging company found several inefficiencies while trying to expand their business operations to the European market. The speed of transformative change, consumer perception of plastic, sustainability challenges, and difficulty in forecasting market size made this a complex undertaking for the team. The company also struggled with building up systems and processes to keep up with the escalating requirements of the flexible packaging market. All these challenges were further escalating the costs. With this, the client realized that assessing key competitors is not enough in this competitive market. It is vital for them to attain a wider understanding of the markets as a whole.

The company approached Infiniti Research for a solution to address the challenges and drive down the costs.

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Our Approach 

Our market opportunity analysis experts leveraged various paid and non-paid databases, and other secondary sources of information to study the flexible packaging market in Europe. Also, they tracked the distribution channels of major competitors and conducted porter’s five forces analysis to examine the European flexible packaging industry’s competitive forces and likely profitability.

Key takeaways of this engagement 

  • Gained insights into market size estimate for the next 10 years
  • Identified factors affecting profitability and reduced time to market
  • Expanded their business operations around niche market segments

The client also achieved a 50% reduction in the total cost of operations and up to $13 million in potential annual operational savings.

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Today, it is indispensable for organizations to understand the competitive landscape and market attractiveness to gain an edge over their peers. Market opportunity analysis helps organizations to effectively connect their products and services with their target customers. Market opportunity engagement also helps organizations comprehend the potential challenges and barriers to entry across niche market segments. Infiniti’s market opportunity analysis has helped various companies gain accurate and actionable data to devise effective go-to-market strategies.

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