As we have all had to adjust to the reality of COVID-19, five key takeaways will drive brand owner packaging operations, according to the Five Trends that Impacted Packaging During COVID-19 infographic produced by PMMI Business Intelligence, a division of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies.

Based on the Economic Impact of COVID-19 Guidance in an Uncertain Economy report, the infographic shows that beverage manufacturers should continue to plan for production increases. The segment has seen a 17.2 percent increase in mineral water, soft drink and vegetable juice consumption.

Food companies should consider an omnichannel packaging strategy for distribution to accommodate the 22 percent increase in food purchases from grocery and local convenience stores. On the flip side, the food service sector declined by 19.7 percent, providing opportunities for packaging solutions suited for curbside delivery.

Personal care is experiencing a 7 percent increase, and the findings recommend balancing the increased demand for signature items amid marketing for seasonal products. In terms of household essentials like toilet paper and cleaning supplies, producers should continue to consider the 3.7 percent increase in sanitary needs.

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