What are your expectations for your industries over the next 12 months? RR - All indicators for private consumption are positive in Europe so the demand for FMCG packaging will grow. This will help to fill some of the spare production capacities. Changing shopping behaviour to a diversified omni-channel shopping environment and digitalization will both create new opportunities. I feel that industry consolidation will help create stronger, more cost efficient and innovative businesses which can fulfil our customers’ requirements and, importantly, be profitable. AB – Volume should be good over the next year as the economy is picking up. Margins, however, remain under pressure since raw material prices are up and hard to recover. I don’t expect to see much further consolidation or largescale rationalisation in the short term as many companies have been through a period of change which is often followed by a period of integration and stability.
A new independent study from Smithers Pira, commissioned by Pro Carton, amongst major brand owners and retailers in 5 key European markets has shown resounding evidence of the importance of sustainability in packaging. Folding cartons were perceived as the most sustainable packaging but there is still some confusion about the whole issue of the circular economy and what makes packaging sustainable.
One of the key roles of Pro Carton is to promote the benefits of cartons & cartonboard and we could hardly have better environmental credentials. I believe however that we need to be more outspoken in communicating our message to all our key target markets. Last year we started a new PR campaign in Germany based around the principle “Cartons don’t create plastic waste” which gained a lot of media coverage. It’s this sort of slightly more provocative message that I believe we need to get across.
In a recent presentation in Vienna, brand consultant Prof. Dr. Karsten Kilian had the following to say about brand management: a focus on more than one of the senses, allows for successful differentiation from competitors.
"It is generally acknowledged that cartonboard is the most sustainable type of packaging. We have intensified our efforts to expound on this advantage." Roland Rex, President von Pro Carton, summarises the situation and takes a look at the future.
As part of a world tour "World Tour by SIAL“ by the French Food Fair SIAL, 28 media from across the globe have determined three food trends in their regions. From these, the French retail expert, Olivier Dauvers, has distilled eight global trends for innovation in the food sector. Pro Carton is privileged to present them here.
With the Interpack due from 8. to 14. May in Düsseldorf we asked Pro Carton President Roland Rex about the current situation in packaging. His summary: this year and the coming years the Packaging Supply Chain will face major challenges, and they will be accompanied by considerable opportunities for cartonboard and cartons.
In the coming years nothing will remain the same for the online business, particularly in the grocery sector. The UK market – which has led the market in Europe for a long time – is presently looking to find the perfect combination online and stationary. 2014 will be a crucial year in deciding who will come out ahead in future years. Pro Carton spoke to Lisa Byfield-Green, Senior Analyst at the renowned Institute of Grocery Distribution, about the future and about packaging.
People want to feel better in 2014. Two topics will have a major influence on the market for packaging: sustainability is one and includes the manufacturing of products, the other is the revolution in the retail trade due to the continued boom in mobile technology. Pro Carton has summarised the current forecasts of international trend agencies and added its own comments.
At the Pro Carton Marketing Event in October 2013 in Vienna, Georg Wiedenhofer, Managing Director of the Gallup Institute, presented a brand new international study on the development of E-commerce, and Willy Zwerger, a renowned journalist and retail expert, discussed developments relating to international trade. This was followed by a high-level discussion round with the audience with the conclusion: the entire supply chain needs to take action.
This was how David Bosshart, head of the renowned Duttweiler Institute, introduced his presentation at the "25 Years Pro Carton“ event at the ECMA Congress in September in Dubrovnik. He painted a most enlightening scenario of current behaviour patterns and future desires. Pro Carton asked him how this relates to packaging.
In a study conducted on behalf of Pro Carton last year, the market research agency Pointlogic showed that packages are a medium, like newspapers, radio or TV. Now, the study has been evaluated once again, in particular with regard to digital natives and impulse buyers. The result: even the „Digital Natives“ place major value on packaging, and they focus more on brands and talk about products more.
This was the motto of this year's ECR Congress in mid-May 2013 with a focus on four topics: shopping experience, supply chain efficiency, sustainability and nurturing talent. With this broad spectrum, the organisers of the programme certainly scored full marks. The result: over 600 participants from 30 countries. Pro Carton has been involved as a partner for many years now. Here are the highlights.
In his first life, Lars Wallentin was responsible, during almost 40 years, for the development of creative design solutions for the strategic brands such as Nestlé, Nescafé, Maggi, Buitoni, Nesquik or KitKat. Today, he is a reference for many young marketing people. His device which clearly comes through in his teaching can be summarized in the three words: simplify, surprise and synergies. Pro Carton talked to him about what cartonboard and carton manufacturers should do, about the packaging supply chain and communication on packaging.
The international Institute Stratégir focuses on the most realistic possible testing of the two lives of packaging: on the shelf and at home with the user. Pro Carton spoke to Managing Director Line Kerrad on the numerous tasks packaging has to fulfil.