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Packaging Industry in Canada

  • ID: 515103
  • Report
  • Region: Canada
  • 29 Pages
  • Euromonitor International
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Canadian packaging trends in 2017 were dominated by greater demand for products that could be used for multiple consumption occasions and that also fit widespread concerns about recycling and sustainability. In packaged food, beauty and personal care, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, this meant packaging innovations centred on portability either by favouring smaller pack sizes or resilient materials that are suitable for various, often casual, consumption occasions.

The Packaging in Canada report offers insight into key trends and developments in the industry. The report also examines trends and prospect for various pack types and closures: metal packaging, rigid plastic, glass, liquid cartons, paper-based containers; flexible packaging.

Data coverage: market sizes (historic and forecasts), company shares, brand shares and distribution data.

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  • Pinpoint growth sectors and identify factors driving change;
  • Understand the competitive environment, the market’s major players and leading brands;
  • Use five-year forecasts to assess how the market is predicted to develop.
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Executive Summary
Convenience, Value and Environmental Awareness Drive Packaging Innovation
Smaller Packaging Thrives Thanks To Convenience
Convenience and Portability Drive Innovative Pack Types in Wine, Beer and Cider
Sub-premium Drives Metal Closures While Premiumisation Boosts Corks
Health Concerns Drive Smaller Portion Sizes in Soft Drinks and Alcoholic Drinks
Metal Thrives in Non-alcoholic and Alcoholic Drinks, Especially Rtd
Packaging Legislation
Canadian Government Passes New Regulation on Nutrition Labels
Continued Evolution for Rules Guiding Canadian Alcohol Sales
Efforts To Simplify Labelling Regulations Fail
Recycling and the Environment
Montreal Leaders Set Sights on Bottled Water Ban
Chemical Propellants Are Excluded From Spray Bottles
Home Care Products Boost Sustainability Efforts
Packaging Design and Labelling
Material Choice in Packaging Is An Important Element of Brand Positioning
Packaging Innovation Concerns Manufacturers Looking To Grow Online Sales
Rigid Plastic Thrives Thanks To New Diversity in Consumption Occasions
Small Packaging and Spray Pumps Increasingly Popular
Brand Positioning Supported by Packaging and Label Designs
Continuous Innovation in Airless Packaging
Rigid Plastic and Metal Packaging Lead in Milk Formula
Shift To Flexible Packaging and Away From Glass
New Packaging Materials and Formats Emerge
Home Care Packaging Remains Flat
Innovations Drive Laundry Detergents Packaging
Packaging Remains A Challenge for Online Sales
Environmental Concerns Impact Thin-wall Plastic Packaging
Flexible Packaging Gains Traction
Increasingly Polarised Demand Trends Within Coffee Pods
Continued Shift Towards Smaller Packaging
Rigid Plastic Packaging Continues To Lead Growth
New Product Development Leverages Packaging Design To Establish Differentiation
Flexible Packaging Accounts for the Lion's Share
Premiumisation Drives Secondary Packaging
Small-sizing Remains A Key Trend
Rising Adoption of Plastic Pouches Boosts Flexible Packaging
Snacking Trend Drives Smaller Packaging in Cheese and Yoghurt
Liquid Cartons Benefits From Growth Product Areas in Dairy
Flexible Packaging Continues To See Positive Growth in 2017
Smaller Pack Sizes Enjoy Growing Demand
New Packaging Designs Cater To A Range of Consumer Needs
Flexible Packaging Remains the Key Type
Metal Packaging Sees Flat Growth While Paper-based Containers Suffers Most
Portable Snacking Packs Emerge
Flexible Packaging Sees Positive Growth
Rigid Plastic Is Set To Return To Growth in the Forecast Period
Portable Snacking Packs Emerge
Rigid Plastic Sees Rising Application
Small-sizing and Food Waste Concerns Drive Packaging Innovation
Flexible Packaging Registers Rapid Growth in Sauces
Rigid Plastic Sees Rising Application in Spreads
Glass Packaging on the Decline While Remaining Significant
Portable Snacking Packs on the Rise
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Coming changes in demographics to affect packaging

Almost all products are delivered in some form of packaging, which enhances transportability, product protection and shelf life, and additionally serves to differentiate products by communicating brand messages like quality and performance.

Packaging consumption is driven by changes in consumer demand for convenience and portability, in addition to new product and package innovations. The growth in packaging remains in line with overall population growth of 3% per annum, but demographic and social trends are bound to affect growth going forward. For example, smaller households tend to significantly consume more packaging than larger households do, in part due to purchasing more quantities of smaller and single serve goods as opposed to bulk-size products. With a growing number of singles and couples – which are part of the baby boom echo generation – this trend is expected to intensify over the forecast period.

The environment is a concern

Social trends, particularly towards conservation and concern for the environment already altered the state of packaging in Canada and the US in particular. The use of flexible plastic refill packs for hair care are personal products is but one example of consumer demand for less packaging. Bio-plastics like PLA have seen wide adoption by retailers like Wal-Mart who seek to further strengthen their corporate record for environmental responsibility.

Industry concentration is high in the glass, metal and paper segments with two to five companies controlling approximately 90% of the market, and medium in the rigid plastic, flexible plastic and closure segments with 10 to 15 companies controlling about half the market. In Canada, the presence of large, US and foreign-based manufacturers makes up the bulk of competitors, while a few large domestic companies like Alcan operate packaging divisions of importance. Still, Canadian players like CCL Industries Inc, Norampac, Cascades and Atlantic Packaging field a significant presence in the Canadian packaging industry.
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