The impact of changing and diversifying consumer demands were key takeaways from the 2015 State of the Industry: US Packaging Machinery Report, shared by the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) at Pack Expo Las Vegas 2015. The study highlighted these shifts toward on-the go and clean-label products while, more than ever, brand owners must also tackle the challenges associated with a growing variety of consumer preferences. As these companies plan ahead for a successful 2016, PMMI provides an unbroken connection among the processing and packaging communities.
Continuous collaboration between consumer goods manufacturers (CPGs) and technology suppliers is necessary to speed the implementation of new processing and packaging solutions. The State of the Industry Report noted, “Improved information on nutrition and growing consumer health consciousness, coupled with increased travel and busy lifestyles, have driven demand for different products. This has led to the growth of indulgent yet healthy foods, convenience foods, different portion sizes (for example, single-serve packaging), different packaging designs and completely new foods.” Consumers’ demands are pressing the industry for innovative processing and packaging technologies, and they need them now.
“Speed matters,” says Charles Yuska, president and CEO of PMMI. “As the pressure mounts on CPGs to adapt their operations, immediate access to solutions providers is critical to their success. That’s why it is our number one priority to connect the makers of goods around the world with the suppliers they rely on.”
Evolving consumer demands require faster upgrades in innovation and technology on an industry-wide level. PMMI’s extensive offerings to address these needs fall into three categories – The Pack Expo portfolio of trade shows, PMMI Media Group and PMMI business drivers, which encompass PMMI’s collection of market research reports, training opportunities and educational and networking programmes. These three pillars bring the continuously changing processing and packaging industries together to address the most recent challenges.
PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence throughworkforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members’ growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year. Packaging printers and converters as well as equipment suppliers can visit www.pmmi.org to learn more about the resources and opportunities available through the association’s latest video.