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Packaging Industry in Canada, 2018 Report -


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Canadian packaging trends in 2017 were dominated by greater demand for
products that could be used for multiple consumption occasions and that
also fit widespread concerns about recycling and sustainability. In
packaged food, beauty and personal care, alcoholic and non-alcoholic
drinks, this meant packaging innovations centred on portability either
by favouring smaller pack sizes or resilient materials that are suitable
for various, often casual, consumption occasions.

The Packaging in Canada report offers insight into key trends and
developments in the industry. The report also examines trends and
prospect for various pack types and closures: metal packaging, rigid
plastic, glass, liquid cartons, paper-based containers; flexible

Coming changes in demographics to affect packaging

Almost all products are delivered in some form of packaging, which
enhances transportability, product protection and shelf life, and
additionally serves to differentiate products by communicating brand
messages like quality and performance.

Packaging consumption is driven by changes in consumer demand for
convenience and portability, in addition to new product and package
innovations. The growth in packaging remains in line with overall
population growth of 3% per annum, but demographic and social trends are
bound to affect growth going forward. For example, smaller households
tend to significantly consume more packaging than larger households do,
in part due to purchasing more quantities of smaller and single serve
goods as opposed to bulk-size products. With a growing number of singles
and couples - which are part of the baby boom echo generation - this
trend is expected to intensify over the forecast period.

The environment is a concern

Social trends, particularly towards conservation and concern for the
environment already altered the state of packaging in Canada and the US
in particular. The use of flexible plastic refill packs for hair care
are personal products is but one example of consumer demand for less
packaging. Bio-plastics like PLA have seen wide adoption by retailers
like Wal-Mart who seek to further strengthen their corporate record for
environmental responsibility.

Industry concentration is high in the glass, metal and paper segments
with two to five companies controlling approximately 90% of the market,
and medium in the rigid plastic, flexible plastic and closure segments
with 10 to 15 companies controlling about half the market. In Canada,
the presence of large, US and foreign-based manufacturers makes up the
bulk of competitors, while a few large domestic companies like Alcan
operate packaging divisions of importance. Still, Canadian players like
CCL Industries Inc, Norampac, Cascades and Atlantic Packaging field a
significant presence in the Canadian packaging industry.

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