Beverage multipacks / Materials / Vertical Markets / Prepared Foods / Latest Headlines

A shift in packaging for China’s shrinking households

Packaging in China must meet the needs of busier, smaller households, Canadean reports.

May 1, 2014
Trans

China’s one child policy has led to the average number of people per household size shrinking to 2.8. The family structure has also changed, following a new common ‘4-2-1 composition’ of four grandparents, two parents and one child. This family unit will drive demands for family fit packs such as those containing three servings.

In addition, smaller households are looking for smaller pack sizes to reduce waste and provide cost effectiveness. It is now common for both parents in the household to be working, so ready-to-eat and on-the-go products are in demand to suit their busy lifestyles.

Chinese consumers demand ready-to-eat food in convenient, plastic packaging

The changes in household demographics will lead to a shift from traditional paper and board packaging to more convenient rigid and flexible plastic packaging, particularly in the food sector. According to Kirsty Nolan, Canadean analyst, plastic has the advantage of greater protection against perishing, allowing food to last longer than paper and board packaging does. “This is beneficial for smaller households as they don't get through food as quickly as larger households do. It also means less frequent shopping trips and greater product durability.”

The number of flexible plastic packs in the Chinese food market will increase by 55 billion from 2013 to 2017. Within flexible plastic packaging, bags and sachets will record the fastest growth owing to the demand for single serve, convenient foods such as pasta and noodles.

 According to Kirsty Nolan: “Building on convenience, packaging that suits the needs of frozen, chilled, microwaveable and ready meal foods will witness greater demand because these are ready-to-cook or ready-to-eat products which complement a busy lifestyle.” 

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food and Beverage Packaging

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

Rochester Mills Production Brewery tour- January 2015

Take a look inside the Rochester Mills Production Brewery in Auburn Hills, MI. The facility brews and cans five beer varieties from the Rochester Mills Beer Company. There the beer is made and packaged in 16-ounce cans, bound together in 4-packs and palletized for distribution. We went on a tour of the facility and got an in depth look at the total process.

Posted: January 30, 2015

Food and Beverage Packaging

Food and Beverage Packaging April 2015 Cover

2015 April

Check out the April 2015 issue of Food & Beverage Packaging, featuring our 2015 packages of the year, a look at beverage multipacks, and much more!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

Coffee Segments

Which coffee segment will be impacted the most by coffee bean price increases?
View Results Poll Archive

The Food and Beverage Packaging Store

M:\General Shared\__AEC Store Katie Z\AEC Store\Images\FBP\modified-atmosphere.gif
Modified Atmosphere and Active Packaging Technologies

Many factors are relevant in making the proper choice of food packaging material, including those related to shelf life and biodegradability.

More Products

The Packaging Guide

The Packaging Guide 2015 Cover

Food and Beverage Packaging's Packaging Guide Directory provides a list of suppliers of food and beveraeg packaging solutions. Visit the brand new online directory at www.thepackaginguide.com.

STAY CONNECTED

 Facebook iconTwitter iconYoutube icon LinkedIn icong+icon

Clear Seas Research

CS-OflRGBhomepage.jpgWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.