FMN | May 25th, 2020

PMMI Assessment (Cont’d from Page 6)

• Stains in flexible packaging film that facilitate pack- age breakdown after a set time period (well after the end of the product shelf life), which help the plastics degrade much faster in landfills; • Starch-based and biodegradable films; and • Consolidation to fewer films to maximize scale in order quantities. Trends: High Performance Film Continued consumer health-consciousness propels demand for new types of packaging films that increase shelf life by improving oxygen barriers and slowing down microbial growth.On the retail front, companies are demanding shelf-ready packaging with the use of pusher trays to improve operational efficiencies. Industry experts see an emerging trend in extend- ed product shelf life and product transparency across packaging films.

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• Manufacturers are integrating higher performance packaging films that hinder microbial growth and slow deterioration of perishable goods. Several re- spondents have also implemented plastic barrier technologies on their flexible packaging lines to help preserve and protect contents and to optimize the shelf life of perishable goods, which reduces the need for preservatives. • Manufacturers are also seeing growth in flexible packaging for films that have textured or matte finish- es. Such packaging feels soft to the touch and can be perceived as a more premium type of film. Caution: Manufacturers claim that such packaging would like- ly behave differently on the equipment, which might need some adjustments. As a result, the equipment yield will decrease because it is thicker and requires

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