Beverage manufacturers will be investing in new beverage packaging equipment to meet expected growth of container demand

A new study by PMMI Business Intelligence reports that ready-to-drink (RTD) beverage types are expected to grow at about 40% or more over the 2018-to-2028 period for all packaging materials.

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RTDs include tea and other non-alcoholic beverages including coffee, energy drinks, non-dairy alternatives, and flavored and enhanced waters.

According to “Beverage Trends in Packaging and Processing Operations 2018,” demand is growing for teas made from actual tea leaves. Co-packers are scrambling to acquire the processing equipment to meet volume expectations and are investing in new facilities around the country.

Wine is also expected to have strong overall growth. The growth in plastic and paperboard is largely due to the increasing sales of single serve plastic containers, and higher acceptance of pouch and bag-in-a-box formats.

In food and beverage marketing, the fast-growing trend toward “no additives or preservatives” has put some real teeth into the natural beverage movement. Beverage companies often need to adjust their processing lines, such as adding agitation equipment and adjusting filling lines to adapt to the different behaviors of additive-free beverages.

For more details about beverage trends and growth, download the report’s FREE Executive Summary, or the full report here.

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Source: PMMI Business Intelligence, “Beverage Trends in Packaging and Processing Operations 2018.

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