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Consumer to drive food packaging innovation

Consumer wants and needs will be the major drivers for successful food packaging in the future. So says Harry Rubbright, RubbrightSigma Brody (Eagan, MN), in remarks to a global packaging conference sponsored by PIRA in England.

In the more competitive marketplace, manufacturers no longer have the resources to employ traditional marketing strategies, so now they're recognizing that packaging can be a powerful tool. Meanwhile, packaging costs are less critical than before and packaging breakthroughs are fewer and less essential. Instead, Rubbright says the adaptation of existing technologies from diverse sources is the optimal way to use packaging to meet consumer and distribution needs. He cited a number of recent food packaging successes that used no single technology; rather, they blended several established technologies in new ways. "In tomorrow's regime, the consumer or user will be heard, the packaging technologist will be involved from the beginning, and, as much as possible, existing technologies from anywhere in the world will be incorporated," Rubbright predicted.

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