10 Popular Packaging Posts During the Height of COVID-19

In early spring, the novel coronavirus infiltrated the United States, forcing most states to issue a stay-at-home order and many people to quickly set up home offices. Despite understandable distress and distractions, packaging professionals persisted in addressing pressing packaging issues, such as shifting consumer trends, sustainability, and, not surprisingly, industry reactions to COVID-19.

Here are the 10 best-read articles on PackagingDigest.com, based on page views, during April 2020:



10. Kao’s New Pump ‘Bottle’ is Really Flexible Packaging

Packaging for the new MyKirei by Kao brand of vegan-friendly, plant-based personal-care products takes its cues from the Japanese Kirei sensibility, which favors sustainability as well as beauty, cleanliness, simplicity, and balance. Delicate graphics decorate the package, which looks like a rigid pump bottle but is, in fact, made from flexible packaging.



9. 5 Sustainable Packaging Trends to Look Out for in 2020

For sustainable packaging, 2020 is set to be a year of action and reaction, building on the fast-growing trends we have seen in the last two years. Here are the critical sustainable packaging trends to look out for in 2020.



8. Food Packagers Address Pandemic-Driven Risk to Supply Chains

For food manufacturers and packagers, the current and future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the supply chain is a nagging concern. A recent webinar about today’s coronavirus challenges offered insight into the supply chain disruptions and how businesses can manage that risk.



7. 8 Dramatic Ways Wine Packaging Innovates

From new designs, bottles, and labels to NFC, AR, AI, the cloud, and blockchain, there’s exciting options for wine brands to consider.



6. 7 Consumer Trends Driving Packaging Decisions

As an instrument of product sales, packaging must always be evolving. Because to have a successful product, brands must keep up with or stay ahead of the latest consumer trends. From a growth in ecommerce to an increased concern with sustainability, here are patterns in consumer behavior that influence today’s top packaging designs and developments.



5. 11 Influential Flexible Packs: FPA Gold Award Winners

Innovative flexibility in structure, sustainability, convenience, and utility characterized the winners in The Flexible Packaging Association’s 64th Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards Competition.



4. Brands Refit Packaging for Hand Sanitizers

To combat the spread of COVID-19, breweries, distillers, and others changeover to package sanitizers to supplement inadequate supplies.



3. Gerber Delivers First Single-Material Baby-Food Pouch

The world’s oldest and largest baby food company will introduce something that has not been seen before. Its new recyclable polypropylene pouch replaces an unrecyclable multilayer structure, as part of the brand’s move toward a more circular economy.



2. 8 Packaging Must-Reads from the First Quarter of 2020

Coronavirus-related news has been driving readership on practically every media platform for the past month. But looking back at the first three months of this year, several other topics also made our list of most-read articles here.

Among the top eight Packaging Digest articles for the first quarter of 2020, food packaging and beverage packaging were recurring themes. Packaging design, sustainable packaging, and branding also were compelling topics for our readers.



1. Fast and Furious: Pharmaceutical Company Makes and Packs Hand Sanitizer in Record Time

First-time sanitizer maker HR Pharmaceuticals gets a major assist from C-P Flexible Packaging in 10-day start-to-finish project in the fight against COVID-19.



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