KiMs, one of Scandinavia’s leading snack food producers, continually strives for efficiency improvements.One of the first areas the company looked at was the quality-assurance testing on the modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) line at its factory in central Denmark. After doing so, it decided to invest in Dansensor’s new MAP Check 3 on-line gas analyzers on three of the plant’s MAP lines.
There are plenty of reasons to make the move. The way consumers view and interact with packaged products is changing. With more needs for convenience and sustainability, conventional package types are being replaced by flexible options designed to meet these consumer needs. The flexible packaging market is estimated to be worth $351 billion by 2018, so it’s quickly gaining market share from other sectors such as rigid containers.
The North American converted flexible packaging market totals nearly 30% of the global consumption, with annual expenditures of $20.7 billion in 2013, says a new report. Nearly 90% of sales are concentrated in the U.S., with Canada and Mexico amounting to 7% and 5%, respectively.
Innovative packaging materials, closures and equipment help bakers and snack manufacturers meet consumer demand for safe, portable products, while reducing costs and addressing food safety, traceability and waste issues.
Analysis from Frost & Sullivan indicates that changing lifestyles and consequent dependence on processed, packaged and pre-cooked foods is increasing the sales of flexible packaging. Rigid packaging is visibly giving way to flexible packaging due to the latter's lightweight, superior barrier properties and prudent use of materials.