Top 5 packaging trends for 2018

Posted by Andrea Hogan on 13th December 2017

Environmental issues and clean labelling will again dominate packaging trends next year says market intelligence agency, Mintel.

Mintel, which has released its top 5 packaging trends for 2018, reports that environmentally friendly and clean labelling will all be important to consumers again in 2018, just in slightly different ways than they were in 2017.

Mintel’s Top 5 packaging trends for 2018 are as follows:


  1. Packaged Planet

Although the ABC’s War on Waste have made many Australians conscious of packaging in 2017, in 2018, Mintel says consumers will learn more about, and consequently embrace, the role of packaging in helping stop food and drink going to waste.

Mintel says food companies should act fast to explain the benefit of their packaging to consumers.

  1. rEpackage

As more consumers turn to online shopping, the packaging in which online purchases come in will become more important.

Online shopping packaging should match the expectations of a brand developed from shopping in-store.

  1. Clean Label 2.0

Clean labelling will evolve to the point where not too much, or too little, will be written on labels.

If there is too much information or health claims on a label, consumers can become confused or suspicious of a product or brand.

  1. Sea Change

Plastic that ends up in the ocean will drive further consumer demand for environmentally friendly packaging solutions in 2018.

Companies will need to clearly communicate what measures they are taking to recycle and reduce packaging waste.

  1. rEnavigate

Brands will invest in modern packaging to help refresh centre-aisles of supermarkets, visited less by younger consumers.


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