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packaging safety & convenience Hot prepared foods get more attention when merchandised in transparent packaging. According to the Specialty Food Association, one of the top 10 trends for 2015 will feature a new approach to fresh food packaging. Transparent labeling will prove a boon for business, and sustainable packaging will give producers another badge of pride, according to the association's recent predictions. In other fresh food departments, convenience is playing a huge role in innovative packaging developments. According to the latest Nielsen Perishables FreshFacts data, the fresh potato category for microwaveable/steamer segment has seen dollar sales increase by 30 percent over the previous 52 week period ending September 27, 2014. This year's foodservice packaging trends focus on both the environmental attributes as well as the look of containers, according to the Foodservice Packaging Institute. Demand for products that can be recycled and composted continues, with perhaps a greater interest this year in compostable products, which could be the result of a growing number of food waste diversion initiatives. Respondents also point to the use of unique colors, shapes and sizes that help to incorporate branding in a package. Transparent packaging is another key trend, focusing on the visual cues on the foods and beverages, instead of the container. Alsum Farms & Produce's Fast & Fresh! potatoes are 24-ounce packages of fresh baby gold or red potatoes that are triple-washed and ready to cook. The eye-catching steamer packaging capitalizes on the trust and expertise of the farmer, Larry Alsum, as well as protects the potatoes from light to prevent greening when on the store shelf or in the home cooks pantry. "Consumers are spending less time planning and preparing meals," says Heidi Alsum-Randall, national sales and marketing manager of Alsum Farms & Produce. Hot prepared foods get more attention when merchandised in transparent packaging, according to instore deli merchandisers. Anchor Packaging recently added a new, smaller roaster to its Nature's Best line of polypropylene lids and mineral-filled polypropylene bases. Responding to the sustained high protein prices experienced by supermarket operators, Anchor has created a new, specialized roaster featuring a shallow base that raises the bird higher in the dome. 46 * JAN + FEB 2015 * instore Packaging manufacturers continue to invest in innovations to stay ahead of the latest trends. In spring 2015, Clear Lam Packaging will open a new 25,000-square-foot co-packing Facility and Innovation Center at its Elk Grove Village manufacturing operation. Clear Lam has invested $2 million in equipment and technology to launch the new operation, which will support consumer products utilizing its patented PrimaPak System. The co-packing facility will specialize in dry, free-flowing products using Clear Lam's revolutionary PrimaPak Vertical Form-Fill-Seal System with combination scale weigher.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of instore - Jan + Feb 2015

instore - Jan + Feb 2015
Editor's Note - Unlocking the Door to Profit
What's Ahead
Table of Contents
News - On Our Radar
Shopper Demographics - Trending Cake
Trendspotting: Fondant Cakes
Trending - Deli Prepared Chicken
Trendspotting - Rotisserie Chicken
Consumer Insights - Millenials
Diet Trends - Gluten-free
Merchandising - The Haggan Experience
Seasonal Promotions - Summer Occasions
Specialty Foods - Health + Flavor
Cakes - Step to the Head of the Class
Foodservice - Stop & Shop Redefines Dining
Specialty Cheese - Snacking Cheese Ideas
Packaging - Safety & Convenience
Product Trends
Product Showcase
Next Up/Ad Index

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