2022 Food
Packaging Trends

By: Berlin Packaging Specialist
Date: December 19th,
2022

A look at the trends influencing food package design and innovation.

Introduction

As the world’s largest Hybrid Packaging Supplier®, Berlin Packaging tracks consumer insights, product trends, and packaging innovation to understand what is happening in the market so we can best help our customers succeed. Lingering effects of the pandemic, global economic factors, and shifting consumer preferences are impacting the packaged foods category.

People are concerned about rising costs and inflation as well as the environment. They have busy lifestyles and use technology to stay connected and simplify their lives. Product innovation and packaging solutions that leverage the latest trends can help brands win in the crowded and evolving packaged foods market.

Rufus Teague
Olive Oil


Price Sensitivity

Consumers are feeling the effects of inflation, supply chain disruption, and increasing food prices. Inflation is expected to last for several years due to high production costs, rising consumer demands, and growing interest in sustainability and ethically sourced goods. 

As grocery bills continue to increase, people are becoming more discerning about their spending. They are trading down, buying in bulk, and prioritizing the essentials to save money. In food categories, high prices need to be justified by high quality. Products and packaging with added functional benefits, convenience features, and value sizes can appeal to consumers in this increasingly challenging environment. 


Sustainability

Today’s consumers are more environmentally conscious than ever and particularly aware of packaging’s environmental impact. They are willing to change their behaviors to be more environmentally friendly, prioritizing sustainable packaging when making purchase decisions. 

Consumers expect companies to do their part to make a difference, and businesses have realized that sustainability and profitability go together, with eco-friendly initiatives attracting new consumers and driving brand loyalty. Packaged food brands are introducing recycled materials, fully recyclable solutions, and on-pack sustainability messaging to attract consumers.

Wholesome Agave
Hellmans Mayo
Recycle Lab
Once Again
Online Shopping

Digitalization

Consumers’ online activities increased significantly during COVID-19, and they integrated multiple digital tools into their lives and buying behaviors. This includes shopping online, virtually visiting with friends and family, researching companies, brands, and products, visiting social media sites, and more. 

The influence of digitalization is unlikely to slow down in the post-pandemic era as consumers continue to be “on and connected” at home, at work, and on the go. The use of digital technology in packaging, innovation, messaging, and more will be an essential business strategy over the next several years.


Convenience

Consumers want products and services that save them time and effort. This includes e-commerce, quick-commerce, DTC subscriptions, curbside pickup, and more. 

When it comes to packaging, this can include inverted bottles that make it easy to dispense product, ergonomic shapes and closures that allow for one-hand pouring, individual sizes and pre-portioned servings that offer improved portion control, resealable on-the-go formats, seals and closures that enhance freshness and shelf-life, and other design features. These types of convenience benefits can create a point of difference and add measurable value.

Ocean Spray
Farmers Fridge
Mortons Salt

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