Bimal Lakhotia, the National Head of Packaging Development and Commercialisation at Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages has stated that “The greatest concerns today in F&B packaging is managing the increasing cost challenges across the supply chain due to packing material and involved processes”.
He further adds “An effective collaboration between F&B manufacturer and service providers/vendors will definitely help in eliminating various ‘non-value add cost elements’ from the chain. The model is effectively followed by automobile major. Further same will also facilitate new advancements in technology, application of best practices for a bigger benefit.”
Prof CS Purushothaman, Chair Professor and Director at the SIES School of Packaging says “The latest trends in flexibles and rigids would be in active and intelligent packaging with sustainability focus.”
He continues “Some of them are in flexible edible films, life extending packs with imbedded nano materials, oxygen and ethylene oxide scavengers as packaging components. In rigids there may not be so much push as sustainability is the word of the day. Hence keeping the 3 Rs, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, in mind, flexibles will be preferred.”
Both Mr Lakhotia and Prof Purushothaman will be sharing their views at the InnoPack F&B 2013 conference taking place from 27-28 February at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Gurgaon, India.
Over 100 industry experts will be gathered at the event, including leading companies such as Pepsico, Kraft Foods, Nestle, Coca-Cola and Sahara. Issues being addressed will cover the regulatory landscape, minimising migration in food, enhancing packaging shelf-life, cost reduction strategies and global innovations in flexibles and rigids.