Food-to-Go and Home Delivery Packaging Needs a Makeover

Most food-to-go brands and home delivery services have been utilizing the same packaging the same way for about 15 years with little or no innovation.

That’s the way they’ve always done it. Changing the manufacturing process, materials used, and branding strategy for packaging would be disruptive.

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Consumers Want Sustainable Food Packaging. Are You Listening?

Food and packaging make up about 45 percent of all materials in U.S. landfills according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

CMG Plastics believes we as a society can do better, which is why we’ve invested heavily in manufacturing rigid plastic food packaging that not only meets high-quality standards but can also be made with post-consumer recycled plastic materials that support a circular economy and dramatically reduce environmental impact.

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Food-to-Go and Home Delivery Packaging Needs a Makeover

Most food-to-go brands and home delivery services have been producing the same packaging the same way for about 15 years with little or no innovation.

That’s the way they’ve always done it. Changing the manufacturing process, materials used, and branding strategy for packaging would be disruptive.

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Sustainable Building Demands Sustainably Sourced Materials

When most people think about sustainable or green building, they tend to focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources, indoor air quality, and water conservation.

According to a recent survey, however, about a quarter of builders and remodelers said one of the top three customer requests they receive involves products that conserve materials and resources.

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PCR Plastic Paint Buckets Have Arrived

Is there anyone who has not battled a traditional paint can?

Made from aluminum or tin-coated steel, these cans could be opened by inserting a flathead screwdriver around the edge of lid like a crowbar to pry it open. When you were done painting, you had to hammer the lid back into place, causing dents in the lid and possibly the can. If you didn’t create an airtight seal, the rim of the paint can could rust or oxidize, and the paint could be damaged.

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How Long Will Your Containers Last in Your Customer’s Garage?

Think about the brand names you see most often when you walk into a neighbor’s garage.

You see a toolbox that’s been beat up over many years but is still going strong. On a shelving unit, you see buckets and containers that were obviously purchased years ago but have been repurposed because the owner knows they’re durable.

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A Sustainable, Durable Packaging Solution for Home Improvement Hardware

Packaging for Hardware, Fasteners, Screws & More - CMG Plastics

If you buy screws, nails, deck fasteners, nuts, washers, anchors, or any other type of small hardware from a home improvement store or e-commerce website, what type of packaging would you get?

Depending on the weight and number of items per package, these products are typically packaged in a flimsy cardboard box or a plastic container with cardboard top. Some hardware comes in a plastic box with a top that pops back into place.

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Study: Consumers Prioritize Sustainable Packaging Post-COVID

A McKinsey study found that COVID-19 has motivated consumers to focus more on health, wellness, hygiene, and food safety.

Consumer attitudes on sustainable packaging have gone through a similar shift, as more than half of the survey participants said they are highly concerned about the environmental impact of packaging. They said they would be willing to pay more for products with sustainable packaging and seek out that designation on the label while shopping.

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Why Rigid Plastic Makes Sense as Small Packaging Is Big Again

People are finally comfortable leaving the house.

Offices continue to reopen. Summer vacations are on the calendar. Stadiums are hosting baseball games and concerts. Children’s sports and activities have returned, and many kids will be going back to camp this summer.

Now that people are on the go, buying habits are changing. More specifically, consumers who bought food in large-format packaging to stock up during the pandemic are going back to small-format, single-serve packaging.

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Rigid Pet Food Packaging is the Recyclable, Sustainable Choice

In a previous article, we discussed how rigid pet food packaging aligns with pet owners’ priorities in terms of freshness, transparency, and durability. Of course, it’s only natural that animal lovers would also be lovers of the environment.

According to a Rover.com survey from 2020, 81 percent of pet owners said taking care of their pets in an environmentally friendly way is important to them, while 75 percent said environmental impact has affected a purchase or lifestyle decision related to their pet.

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How Rigid Pet Food Packaging Aligns with Pet Owners’ Priorities

Many of today’s pet owners take pet nutrition as seriously as their children’s nutrition. In fact, six in ten U.S. pet owners will pay more for pet food that suits their pet’s specific dietary needs, according to a Mintel report.

Increased demand for healthy pet food requires transparency. This applies not only to the ingredients on the label, but also transparency in packaging, which allows consumers to see that the list of ingredients matches what’s inside.

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E-Commerce is Here to Stay. Will Brands Finally Make Online Packaging a Priority?

The time has come for brands to rethink packaging strategies.

E-commerce has grown steadily for years. The pandemic has made it explode with sales topping more than $791 billion in 2020, according to the Department of Commerce. This 32% increase is the largest annual online sales growth ever recorded – and is not expected to significantly slow as life returns to “normal.”

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How the Pandemic Has Created a Boom for Ice Cream Brands

Ice cream is the ultimate comfort treat, but with so many choices available to consumers, now is the time to create packaging that stands out from the crowd.

Despite initial concerns about the pandemic’s impact on consumer food brands, ice cream has seen a significant jump in sales. This sector is experiencing exponential growth with many new brands launching and an increased number of alternative dairy ice creams rapidly entering the market.

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The Clear Choice: Competitive Brands Embrace Packaging to Showcase Products

Today’s savvy consumers want to see what they’re buying. Clear In-Mold Labeling creates a visible advantage.

Many consumer brands have switched to In-Mold Labeling (IML). They did so because of its many advantages, like recyclability, high-impact graphics, shipping durability and overall quality. Now, those brands and many more are discovering another benefit. One that helps them stand out even more in today’s competitive market: clear IML packaging.

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