Top 2021 Packaging Trends

Due to the pandemic, 2020 saw an unexpected shift that left many manufacturers and operators scrambling to meet the surge in demand of packaged goods and takeout/delivery meals. Entering the new year, the packaging industry is responding to the challenges that arose in 2020 with new innovation, design and materials – trends that are shaping the packaging industry for the better and will be here to stay well beyond the pandemic.   Sustainability Possibly the most popular trend that will continue into 2021 is sustainable packaging. Consumers everywhere have started to take note of the materials used in products and are beginning to opt for brands that practice sustainable packaging. Heading into 2021, we are now seeing this trend take [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

Industry Trends: Private Label Brands

One of the rising trends the packaging world saw coming out of 2020 was the increase in popularity of private label brands. Pre-pandemic, private label brands already were seeing strong sales, however, COVID-19 accelerated the growth of sales for private label companies at an impressive rate. There are many factors that played into the rise of private label brands, especially supply shortages and wage cuts. Consumer buying behavior that was influenced by these factors is expected to continue rising into the next decade. An article from Forbes details the rise of two popular private labels, Trader Joe’s and Target’s new food line, during the pandemic. According to the article, supply shortages of large name brand items forced consumers to turn [...]

January 22nd, 2021|Uncategorized|

The Future of Packaging

One of the recurring themes we realized while studying the evolution of packaging is the constant need for innovation to coincide with shifting consumer needs. Not too long ago we dove into the history of packaging and saw how the industry has evolved into the global market that it is today. As we head into 2021, consumer behaviors have once again influenced the packaging world and the industry is expected to see some changes in the coming future. Fueled by a global pandemic that has impacted almost all aspects of a consumer’s life, manufacturers and companies have had to adapt to new trends and create new opportunities for a safe buying and packaging experience. It is important to note that [...]

January 13th, 2021|Uncategorized|

Industry Trends: Circular Products

As we’ve stated in our recent posts, many manufacturers are beginning to shift their sustainability efforts due to the change in consumer behavior over the years. One of these shifts is the re-purposing of plastic within products and packaging. Plastic has been the main source of containers and packaging for over 50 years and is an integral part of keeping our goods safe while in transport and for storage. However, we know that the increased use of plastic has had a negative effect on our oceans, rivers, streets and overall environment. A recent article from Unilever – one of the world’s largest packaging distributors – tackled this issue by determining that the packaging and consumer goods industries need to transition [...]

December 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

The Evolution of Packaging

While we may not think about it, packaging plays a huge role in our lives. All of our everyday items like food, beverages, toiletries and more are purposefully packaged with longevity and protection in mind for consumers. Originating around 3,500 years ago, it has been fascinating to see how not only packaging products and materials have evolved, but also how the packaging industry as a whole has evolved to adapt and meet the ever-changing needs of consumers. Take a look below at how packaging has evolved over the years, ending with our EEASY Lid – the first jar lid innovation in over 75 years – and our next major advancement for the packaging industry. Packaging is Introduced About 3,500 years [...]

December 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

How Small Businesses and Manufacturers Can Stay Competitive in The Packaging Industry

As one of the world’s most popular industries, packaging has plenty of growth potential for old and new businesses that are in the market. However, despite its potential for constant growth, the industry experiences a large unequal distribution of profit between its players. For large suppliers, the competition is scarce, and it doesn’t take much to gain resources, brand loyalty and significant profit. Unfortunately, for smaller companies, it’s quite a tough industry to navigate and the playing field can become hard to compete in. In an article published by Packaging Strategies, key tips and tricks are discussed on how smaller companies can help differentiate themselves from larger suppliers within the industry. One of these tips includes being competitively different, meaning [...]

December 23rd, 2020|Uncategorized|

Industry Trends: The Importance of Sustainable Packaging

Over the past few years, the environmental impact of packaging has gained importance across the industry. Many manufacturers are beginning to seek out new approaches to allow for more sustainable packaging solutions, creating a high demand for new innovative technology. One of these new approaches is the use of aluminum over steel, plastic, or other products that aren’t environmentally friendly. A recent article from Packaging World highlights this growing need for sustainable packaging among product manufacturers and the shifts that are starting to take place within the industry. The article details the new product from Perfect Hydration – an ultra-purified water company—that launched a recyclable aluminum can. Perfect Hydration specifically created a product using aluminum because it is 100% recyclable [...]

December 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

The EEASY Lid: A Year in Review

This November marks the one-year anniversary of the official launch of our EEASY Lid. We can’t help but take a walk down memory lane to showcase the growth we’ve experienced this past year, along with some major milestones. The EEASY Lid Launch Our launch kicked off in November of 2019, officially introducing our EEASY Lid as the first jar lid innovation in over 75 years. Our main goal from the launch was to educate consumers and the grocery/packaging industry surrounding the significance of the EEASY Lid and the need for inclusive packaging. News of the EEASY Lid spread throughout key grocery and packaging trades, with publications such as our local Dayton Business Journal, Packaging Technology Today, Packaging Digest and Food Dive [...]

December 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

Industry Trend: How Food Packaging Plays a Role in Nutrition Quality

The trend of convenient packaging has now become a forefront among healthcare providers. A recent article from Hospital Health highlighted the importance of food packaging and how it can contribute to malnutrition if products are packaged without inclusivity in mind. According to the article, new research conducted in NSW Hospitals showed that over 80% of elderly patients experienced difficulties or were unable to open one or more food packaging items within their hospitals. Beyond the struggle to open food products – especially jars – there is a major concern of nutrition quality when it comes to the elderly population. Malnutrition is an increasing concern amongst hospitals and aged care facilities. Patients and residents must be able to access the food [...]

December 1st, 2020|Uncategorized|

A Season of Gratitude

By Jim and Brandon Bach   It is safe to say that 2020 has not been an easy year. With a lingering pandemic and the uncertainty of what tomorrow will bring, it is easy to lose sight of all the good things that have taken place this year. Here at CCT, we can’t help but take a step back and appreciate all that we are thankful for. In a time where families are restricted from traveling and visiting one another, we’re extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside our family members. As a father-son duo, we are thrilled to work together every day to continue growing our business with an amazing team of co-workers. Father-son duo – Jim [...]

November 25th, 2020|Uncategorized|
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