With the meal kit delivery market skyrocketing in demand, expected to reach $8.94 billion by 2025, it’s important for packaging manufacturers to understand how this new trend impacts them and what it means for meal kit packaging.
Packaging Must Keep Food Fresh
As consumers demand fresh, ready-to-eat meals delivered to their doorsteps, it puts pressure on packaging to make it possible throughout the supply chain.
Ensure your packaging is sized specifically for the ordered meal to reduce food waste and help the consumer maintain portion control. Additionally, be sure your packaging is designed to preserve freshness and reduce contamination.
Packaging Processes Must be Efficient
While automation can bring down labor costs, meal delivery kits are typically very custom and require different types of packaging per item. This needed level of manual work can make it difficult to streamline processes and keep costs low.
However, as meal kit demand increases, food packaging must be made efficient. Consider automating the packaging processes for certain types of items, such as commonly requested foods.
Packaging Must be Sustainable
While meal kits aid in reducing food waste, they do entail an increase in packaging materials. Ensure your package materials are sustainable to address environmental concerns. For example:
- Meal kit shipping boxes can be made out of compostable materials
- Meal kit components can be made out of recyclable materials.
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