Tetra Pak today unveils findings from its global research study, in partnership with Ipsos, showing that food safety is a major issue for society. The same amount of respondents believe that COVID-19 is a “real threat.” At the same time, concern for the environment remains strikingly powerful, pointing towards a dilemma in the consumers’ minds as they try to balance the critical priorities of human existence through safe food and sustainability of the planet we live on.
The Tetra Pak Index, in its 13th edition, has seen a 10% increase in global concern about food safety and future food supplies, now at 40%, compared to 30% from 2019. In addition, more than 50% of consumers not only believe that improving food safety is the responsibility of manufacturers, they see it as the number one issue that companies need to tackle now and in the future. According to this year’s research, health is deeply connected to heightened issues of food safety and hygiene: with two-thirds of consumers saying that being healthy is being safe and 60% of consumers globally saying they worry about the food they buy being hygienic and safe.
When asked what is key for them in a package, consumers indicate that ensuring food safety is its main purpose. They also express concerns about environmental innovations in packaging impacting food safety, even though the majority of respondents indicate ‘using sustainable packaging’ as one of the top issues food and beverage brands need to tackle – today and tomorrow.
Adolfo Orive, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, comments: “The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the status quo, accelerated trends and created a new landscape of consumer needs and opportunities for companies to build on. In particular, the industry needs to address the growing dilemma around food safety and the environment, stepping up towards the twin goals of meeting the human need for food while protecting our planet’s ecosystem. This is where food packaging can play a strong role in bringing about harmony.
Working closely with our customers and stakeholders, we are already on a journey to create the ultimate sustainable food package - a carton package that is made solely from responsibly sourced renewable or recycled materials, is fully recyclable and carbon-neutral, allowing ambient distribution and meeting food safety requirements. We see this as a critical step in building a sustainable future for the next generation, especially in the aftermath of COVID-19.”
The Tetra Pak Index 2020 also highlights how food waste is rising up the agenda and this is now seen as a concern by more than three-quarters of respondents. The impact of COVID-19 on supply chains has accelerated awareness of food waste as a pressing issue. There is a likelihood that this sentiment will grow going forward, as the world strives to feed its growing population. Consumers cite food waste reduction as both the number one environmental issue they can influence themselves and one of the top three priorities for manufacturers. But confusing labelling is a barrier, offering brands a chance for better communication.
Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor at Yale University, comments: "This year’s Tetra Pak Index highlights emerging consumer and social concerns that we see increasingly mirrored by academic research. With a growing global population set to require up to 70% more food by 2050, at a time when biodiversity, climate change and food security are becoming ever more pressing, there is an urgent need for change. Bold initiatives such as those taken by Tetra Pak to rethink future food packaging are therefore the need of the hour.”
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 The Tetra Pak Index 2020 finds consumer concern for food safety has grown compared to this time last year, with 40% of respondents ranking food safety and future food supplies among their top three most worrying issues, compared to 30% in the Tetra Pak Index 2019. 64% of respondents have identified COVID-19 as the issue causing them the greatest worry, pushing the environment down the list of global concerns: from 63% in 2019 to 49% today – whereas worries about economic issues are rising, up from 40% to 47%.
Innovating together for a sustainable future
Lund University and Tetra Pak have recently signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement, expanding on their rich history of collaboration on packaging logistics, food technology and packaging materials. Together, Lund University and Tetra Pak will aim to create new industry-academia development opportunities, promote the sharing of resources and competencies.
Tetra Pak introduces first-of-its-kind low energy processing line for juice, nectar and still drinks
Tetra Pak has launched a new, first-of-its-kind low-energy processing line for juice, nectar and still drinks (JNSD) to take beverage processing to a new level of efficiency. Innovatively using a unique combination of Pasteurization, Filtration and UV Light technology to treat beverages in two separate streams, which are aseptically blended together into the final beverage.
Tetra Pak launches its first complete processing line for white cheese
Leveraging more than 45 years of experience in cheese processing, Tetra Pak is launching its first complete processing line for feta type white cheese products to enable white milk producers and traditional cheese makers to explore opportunities within white cheese.
Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food and beverage industry to offer packaging made with fully traceable plant-based polymers
Tetra Pak, together with its supplier Braskem, has become the first company in the food and beverage industry to responsibly source plant-based polymers using the Bonsucro standards for sustainable sugar cane. This move is yet another reinforcement of the company’s commitment to drive ethical and responsible business practices across global supply chains.
With bottled water growing at a fast pace, players around the world are driving innovation focussing on natural ingredients and health value, sustainability and packaging functionality. Tetra Pak would like to congratulate its customers on their excellent performance and recognition at Zenith Global’s 16th Global Bottled Water Congress.
Tetra Pak explores Graphene material for the food and beverage manufacturing industry
Tetra Pak has joined the European Commission Graphene Flagship project as the exclusive representative from the packaging industry to explore possible future applications of graphene in food and beverage manufacturing. Graphene is a carbon-based material, one of the thinnest known to mankind.
Tetra Pak has launched new best-practice lines for yoghurt products - a suite of expert services which support a wide variety of yoghurt innovations to address growing consumer demand. Leveraging more than 45 years of experience in processing and packaging solutions with deep knowledge of yoghurt, enabling Tetra Pak to offer support for designing processes that do not compromise on production economy or flexibility.
Tetra Pak research study reveals the convergence of environment and health is growing, and the Food and Beverage Industry is first to see this trend
Tetra Pak today reveals the findings from a global research study in partnership with Ipsos1 on the two most pressing consumer demands: the environment and health. They have historically been seen, and communicated, as separate areas: however they are increasingly converging, creating pivotal opportunities for food and beverage brands in how they market their products over the next 12 months.
Sustainable JNSD line pays off – Tetra Pak wins IFU 2019 Innovation Award
"In 2011, we realized that something could be done differently in the Juice-Nectar-Still Drink (JNSD) industry and decided to focus on how to make juice production more sustainable. To achieve that we needed to find innovative solutions which save energy and water", says Maria Norlin, Subcategory Manager JNSD & Other Beverages. On October 1st, this ground-breaking initiative was recognized by International Fruit and Vegetable juice Association.
Sumol+Compal rejuvenates product range and attracts shoppers' attention with new Tetra Stelo Aseptic carton package
Portuguese food and beverage company Sumol+Compal has launched its premium brand Compal in Tetra Pak’s sleek, fresh new Tetra Stelo Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based WingCap 30. The uniquely-designed package will allow Sumol+Compal to bring to market a range of popular juices distinguished by an easy-grip carton, one-step opening and with a smoothly-rounded, slim shape.
Tetra Pak surpasses 500 billion FSC labelled package milestone
Tetra Pak has now delivered more than 500 billion packages labelled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo globally, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey to promote responsible sourcing and contributing to a low-carbon circular economy. Consumers looking for environmental logos when shopping is a growing trend, with over half of consumers saying they are always and often looking for environmental logos on the products they buy.
Tetra Pak has announced that customers have started field testing its paper straws for beverage products in Europe. The move means Tetra Pak is the first carton packaging company to provide such straws for beverage cartons in the region. Made from FSC certified paper and recyclable with the rest of the package, the new paper straw will be available initially for two small size carton packages commonly used for dairy and beverage products for children.
Tetra Pak has announced that HelloFresh, a leading meal kit company, has chosen Tetra Recart carton package for use in European markets for its environmental advantages. Successfully used by HelloFresh in the US since 2017, Tetra Recart offers a better packaging alternative with 80% lower carbon footprint and significant weight and space savings compared to tin cans and glass jars.
Tetra Pak and FOSS combine expertise to deliver industry first in-line standardization analyser
Tetra Pak and FOSS have today launched an advanced version of the Tetra Pak Standardization unit. With continuous accurate measurement and control of protein and fat in dairy products, the new unit has been designed to help customers ensure consistent product quality and strengthen their profitability by removing the uncertainty of sampling techniques.
Case study: Hellenic Dairies sees the benefits of integrated plant management
Greek dairy producer Hellenic Dairies is a longstanding Tetra Pak customer with seven filling lines and extensive processing equipment. The company holds a strong position in south-east Europe for liquid dairy products, cheese, yoghurt and juices, nectars and still drinks. In 2016, a major investment in their plant in Brasov, Romania, working closely with Tetra Pak and our strategic supplier Elettric80, resulted in the installation of a comprehensive range of end-of-line and warehousing equipment.
What should bean soup taste like in China? And how would Americans like their hummus? Or Spaniards their ratatouille? For the answers to these and many other questions, we turn to the team working with the Tetra Recart test factory in Lund. This is where increasingly more customers are coming to develop their products in terms of both taste and packaging.
Tetra Pak's cartons will become full-scale data carriers and digital tools
Tetra Pak has announced the launch of its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools. Driven by the trends behind Industry 4.0, and with code generation, digital printing and data management at its core, the connected packaging platform will bring new benefits to food producers, retailers and shoppers.
Tetra Pak has announced that it is developing an energy assessment programme in collaboration with ABB to help food and beverage producers lower their environmental impact and cut costs. The programme provides an assessment of the entire plant, helping customers minimise their environmental impact and maximise profitability.
Tetra Pak is unveiling its “factory of the future” where digital technology revolutionises the way food manufacturing plants operate. Machines will be able to communicate with each other as well as with the digital systems of the entire operation, automatically taking on tasks such as diagnosing problems, ordering and delivering parts, and looking for an engineer who is most suitable for the service needed. The technology builds on previous measures to bring the benefits of digitalisation to the food and beverage industry
Tetra Pak package enhances distribution efficiency
Tetra Pak has launched the Tetra Classic Aseptic 65ml Cube package, offering an efficient packaging solution for dairy, juice and liquid food. The dimensions of the package have been designed to allow every six packages to form a cube, hence optimising the use of space in distribution and storage. This has brought significant improvement in cost efficiencies and the environmental footprint.
Tetra Pak's Ko Hoepman highlights upcoming trends in the food sector
Health has been a top trend for a long time, but it is now reaching new heights. Consumers are seeking a healthy lifestyle across all areas and food & beverage plays a key role. We’re now seeing an evolution of this trend, providing opportunities to create a wider variety of products for different occasions.
Tetra Pak will be joining forces with leading Swedish technology companies at Hannover Messe 2019, the world's largest industrial technology fair, providing insights on its experience and demonstrate how partnerships are the cornerstone of digitalisation, bringing value to food and beverage manufacturers.
Al Rabie, Tetra Pak’s biggest customer in a world first with new holographic packaging material
Al Rabie, Tetra Pak’s biggest customer in the Greater Middle East and Africa, has scored a world first with the launch of its new sports drink. Al Rabie, which has long been a byword for quality and innovation in the region, is also looking to strengthen its brand equity and reinforce its reputation for embracing the new.
JUST Water, the innovative global water brand from the United States, has received the “Best Packaging Solution” award at the 2018 Global Bottled Water Congress with its unique Tetra Top carton bottle. JUST Water was launched in the US in October 2015. With the brand’s high success in North America, it has now reached Europe with a launch in the UK in August 2018 and has further global expansion goals in 2019 and beyond.
Salsa Rica - A clear focus on quality
Salsa Ricas advanced mayonnaise lines are fully automated and produce batch after batch of smooth, gleaming mayonnaise very accurately and consistently. The company has increased production to become the leading manufacturer of mayonnaise for the food service market in Spain.
Tetra Pak has published its 2018 Sustainability Report online, marking 20 years of sustainability reporting. Over the past two decades, the company’s approach to sustainability reporting has evolved significantly: from focusing solely on environmental commitments and actions, to evaluating every part of the business and its impact, including societal and supplier governance.
- Jo Webb
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