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Everything you need to make the right decisions

Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Food Packaging Trends market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

Mintel has the answers you’re looking for

What are the key challenges facing the industry and how fast are its rates of growth? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this report

This report examines NPD and consumer trends in the UK market for food packaging in relation to consumer products. This includes outer and inner packaging purchased with products, but excludes packaging used for bulk transportation and industrial purposes.

Key points included

  • Cardboard and paper packaging likely to benefit off the back of plastic concerns
  • Highlighting functional features can win favour with the UK’s ageing population
  • Helping younger age groups to recycle more can build engagement

What you need to know

Environmentally friendly claims are set to become increasingly important in food packaging, as the impact of plastic waste on the environment takes centre stage in the media. This spotlight puts mounting pressure on brands and retailers alike to take a proactive and responsible approach to reducing food packaging waste and to help support higher levels of recycling.

While alternative materials can offer standout, the higher production costs – particularly at a time when food prices are rising and real incomes are being squeezed – is a barrier. However, the preference to buy loose fresh fruit and vegetables rather than pre-packed, and the notable interest in buying other food products loose, bodes well for plastic-free aisles in supermarkets.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Alyson Parkes, a leading analyst in the Food & Drink sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

The spotlight on plastic packaging and its environmental impact will be a key driver of change in the food industry. Consumers’ expectations for sustainable packaging are set to heighten demand for alternative materials. Responding to the shifting demographic backdrop is also vital, given the growing number of small households and the ageing population. Alyson Parkes
Research Analyst

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What's included

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  1. Overview

    • What you need to know
      • Covered in this Report
      • Executive Summary

          • The market
            • UK food and drink packaging market projected to increase by 1.5% to £7.39 billion in 2019
              • Figure 1: The UK market for food and drink packaging, by sector, 2015-19
            • Plastic waste under increased scrutiny
              • UK food and drink packaging market set for moderate growth over the next five years
                • Figure 2: Forecast UK Food & Drink packaging market, by sector, 2020-24
              • Companies and brands
                • Packaging industry continues to consolidate
                  • R&D focussed on sustainability and smart packaging
                    • What we think
                    • Issues and Insights

                      • As the plastic packaging sector is facing considerable challenges on several fronts, what is the industry’s response?
                        • The facts
                          • The implications
                            • Smart packaging innovation is picking up pace
                              • The facts
                                • The implications
                                • The Market – What You Need to Know

                                  • UK food and drink packaging market projected to increase by 1.5% to £7.39 billion in 2019
                                    • Plastic waste under increased scrutiny
                                      • Market set for moderate growth over the next five years
                                      • Market Size

                                        • Overview
                                          • Figure 3: The UK market for food and drink packaging, by sector, 2015-19
                                          • Figure 4: The UK market for food and drink packaging, by sector, 2015-19
                                        • Food packaging
                                            • Figure 5: The UK food packaging market, by packaging material, 2015-19
                                            • Figure 6: The UK food packaging market, by packaging material, 2015-19
                                          • Drink packaging
                                              • Figure 7: The UK drink packaging market, by packaging material, 2015-19
                                              • Figure 8: The UK drink packaging market, by packaging material, 2015-19
                                          • Supply Sources

                                            • Production
                                              • Paper and Board
                                                • Figure 9: UK Production of Paper & Board Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                                • Figure 10: UK Production of Paper & Board Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                              • Plastic
                                                • Figure 11: UK Production of Plastic Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                                • Figure 12: UK Production of Plastic Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                              • Light Metal
                                                  • Figure 13: UK Production of Light Metal Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                                  • Figure 14: UK Production of Light Metal Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                                • Glass
                                                  • Figure 15: UK Production of Glass Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                                  • Figure 16: UK Production of Glass Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at MSP)
                                                • Imports
                                                  • Paper and Board
                                                    • Figure 17: UK Imports of Paper & Board Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                    • Figure 18: UK Imports of Paper & Board Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                  • Plastic
                                                    • Figure 19: UK Imports of Plastic Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                    • Figure 20: UK Imports of Plastic Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                  • Light Metal
                                                    • Figure 21: UK Imports of Light Metal Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                    • Figure 22: UK Imports of Light Metal Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                  • Glass
                                                    • Figure 23: UK Imports of Glass Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                    • Figure 24: UK Imports of Glass Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at CIF)
                                                  • Exports
                                                    • Paper and Board
                                                      • Figure 25: UK Exports of Paper & Board Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                      • Figure 26: UK Exports of Paper & Board Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                    • Plastic
                                                      • Figure 27: UK Exports of Plastic Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                      • Figure 28: UK Exports of Plastic Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                    • Light Metal
                                                      • Figure 29: UK Exports of Light Metal Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                      • Figure 30: UK Exports of Light Metal Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                    • Glass
                                                      • Figure 31: UK Exports of Glass Packaging, by Type, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                      • Figure 32: UK Exports of Glass Packaging, 2015-19, (£ Million at FOB)
                                                  • Market Forecast

                                                    • UK food and drink packaging market set for moderate growth over the next five years
                                                      • Figure 33: Forecast UK Food & Drink packaging market, by sector, 2020-24, (£million at 2019 prices)
                                                      • Figure 34: Forecast UK Food & Drink packaging market, by sector, 2020-24
                                                    • Food packaging forecast
                                                        • Figure 35: Forecast UK Food packaging market, by material, 2020-24, (£million at 2019 prices)
                                                      • Drink packaging forecast
                                                        • Figure 36: Forecast UK Drink packaging market, by material, 2020-24, (£million at 2019 prices)
                                                    • The Impact of the Economy

                                                      • Annual GDP growth falls to six-year low in 2018
                                                        • Figure 37: Annual GDP growth rate, 2014-18, (%)
                                                      • GDP growth expected to remain subdued in 2019 and 2020
                                                          • Figure 38: Forecast GDP development, 2017-23
                                                      • Market Trends

                                                        • Focus on sustainability and plastic replacement
                                                          • Efforts to make plastic packaging more sustainable
                                                            • Smart packaging
                                                              • Trend towards digital printing facilitates more customisation and small print runs
                                                                • Flexible packaging continues to show strong growth
                                                                  • Plastic bottled beverage companies are looking for new ways to package their products
                                                                  • Market Drivers

                                                                      • Plastic waste under increased scrutiny
                                                                        • Government proposals to tackle plastic and packaging waste
                                                                          • UK Plastic Pact aims to create circular economy for plastics
                                                                            • Rise in single-person households driven by increase in older people living on their own
                                                                                • Figure 39: Single-person household projections, England, 2016-41
                                                                              • Growth in ready-to-eat food category
                                                                                • Concerns over packaging waste generation by food-to-go sector
                                                                                  • Growth in demand for shelf-ready packaging
                                                                                    • Changing shopper habits
                                                                                      • Brexit impact on UK packaging industry
                                                                                      • Companies and Brands – What You Need to Know

                                                                                        • Ardagh to merge food & speciality metal packaging business with Exal to create one of the largest metal packaging companies worldwide
                                                                                          • RPC Group acquired by Berry Global, creating one of the world’s largest plastic packaging companies
                                                                                            • DS Smith sells plastic division
                                                                                              • Huhtamaki acquires major stake in rival cup maker
                                                                                                • O-I announces significant investment in Europe to meet growing demand for sustainable glass packaging
                                                                                                • Industry Structure

                                                                                                  • Packaging industry continues to consolidate
                                                                                                    • Corrugated paper & paperboard packaging industry structure
                                                                                                      • Figure 40: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the corrugated paper & paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard manufacturing industry, 2015-19, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                                      • Figure 41: Analysis of the employment structure of the corrugated paper & paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (number of outlets and employees)
                                                                                                      • Figure 42: Analysis of the financial structure of the corrugated paper & paperboard and of containers of paper and paperboard manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (£000 and number of companies)
                                                                                                    • Plastic packaging industry
                                                                                                        • Figure 43: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the plastic packaging goods manufacturing industry, 2015-19, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                                        • Figure 44: Analysis of the employment structure of plastic packaging goods manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (number of outlets and employees)
                                                                                                        • Figure 45: Analysis of the financial structure of plastic packaging goods manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (£000 and number of companies)
                                                                                                      • Light metal packaging industry
                                                                                                          • Figure 46: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the light metal packaging manufacturing industry, 2015-19, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                                          • Figure 47: Analysis of the employment structure of light metal packaging manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (number of outlets and employees)
                                                                                                          • Figure 48: Analysis of the financial structure of light metal packaging manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (£000 and number of companies)
                                                                                                        • Glass packaging industry
                                                                                                          • Figure 49: Analysis of the changes in the structure of the hollow glass manufacturing industry, 2015-19, (number of outlets and businesses)
                                                                                                          • Figure 50: Analysis of the employment structure of the hollow glass manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (number of outlets and employees)
                                                                                                          • Figure 51: Analysis of the financial structure of the hollow glass manufacturing industry, 2018-19, (£000 and number of companies)
                                                                                                      • Company Profiles

                                                                                                          • Ardagh Group
                                                                                                            • Group strategy
                                                                                                              • Recent activity
                                                                                                                • Financial performance
                                                                                                                  • Figure 52: Financial analysis of Ardagh Glass, 2014-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                  • Figure 53: Financial analysis of Ardagh Metal Packaging UK, 2014-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                  • Figure 54: Financial analysis of Ardagh Metal Beverage Trading UK, 2014-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                • DS Smith
                                                                                                                  • Company strategy
                                                                                                                    • Recent acquisitions
                                                                                                                      • DS Smith sells plastic division
                                                                                                                        • Financial performance
                                                                                                                          • Figure 55: Financial analysis of DS Smith, 2015-19, (£Million)
                                                                                                                        • Huhtamaki (UK)
                                                                                                                          • Group strategy
                                                                                                                            • Recent activity
                                                                                                                              • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                • Figure 56: Financial analysis of Huhtamaki (UK), 2014-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                                • Figure 57: Turnover analysis of Huhtamaki (UK), by geographic segment, 2016-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                              • O-I Glass
                                                                                                                                • O-I announces a significant investment in Europe to meet growing demand for sustainable glass packaging
                                                                                                                                  • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                    • Figure 58: Financial analysis of O-I Glass, 2014-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                                  • Rigid Containers
                                                                                                                                    • Company strategy
                                                                                                                                      • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                        • Figure 59: Financial analysis of Rigid Containers, 2014-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                                      • RPC Group
                                                                                                                                        • Group strategy
                                                                                                                                          • RPC Group acquired by Berry Global, creating one of the world’s largest plastic packaging companies
                                                                                                                                            • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                              • Figure 60: Financial analysis of RPC Group, 2015-19, (£Million)
                                                                                                                                              • Figure 61: Financial analysis of RPC Group, by geographic segment, 2015-19, (£Million)
                                                                                                                                            • Saica Pack UK
                                                                                                                                              • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                • Figure 62: Financial analysis of Saica Pack UK, 2014-18, (£000)
                                                                                                                                              • Sealed Air
                                                                                                                                                • Group strategy
                                                                                                                                                  • Recent activity
                                                                                                                                                    • Financial performance
                                                                                                                                                      • Figure 63: Financial analysis of Sealed Air, 2013-17, (£000)
                                                                                                                                                  • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                                                                                      • Abbreviations
                                                                                                                                                        • Methodology
                                                                                                                                                        • Further Sources and Contacts

                                                                                                                                                          • Trade associations
                                                                                                                                                            • Trade magazines
                                                                                                                                                              • Trade events

                                                                                                                                                              About the report

                                                                                                                                                              This report will give you a complete 360-degree view of your market. Not only is it rooted in robust proprietary and high-quality third-party data, but our industry experts put that data into context and you’ll quickly understand:

                                                                                                                                                              • The Consumer

                                                                                                                                                                What They Want. Why They Want It.

                                                                                                                                                              • The Competitors

                                                                                                                                                                Who’s Winning. How To Stay Ahead.

                                                                                                                                                              • The Market

                                                                                                                                                                Size, Segments, Shares And Forecasts: How It All Adds Up.

                                                                                                                                                              • The Innovations

                                                                                                                                                                New Ideas. New Products. New Potential.

                                                                                                                                                              • The Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                                Where The White Space Is. How To Make It Yours.

                                                                                                                                                              • The Trends

                                                                                                                                                                What’s Shaping Demand – Today And Tomorrow.

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