While we’ve discussed packaging trends in many industries, MJS Packaging has yet to cover trends within the candy and snack industry! Candy and snack packaging has to stand out amongst competitors and communicate its sweet value to consumers.

Packaging Trends The candy and snack industry offers various packaging trends and options for manufacturers.

The Candy & Snack Industry

This luscious industry, standing approximately at $35 billion in U.S. annual sales, offers endless options from sweet and sour candies to health-conscious and guilty pleasure snacks. Packaging provides great opportunities for manufacturers and its consumers:

  • Approximately 80% of brand owners claim packaging has a positive effect on brand value.
  • Shoppers are willing to pay more for certain characteristics when a product’s packaging enhances these traits.

4 Packaging Trends

MJS Packaging wants to share several trends, which emerged from the 2018 National Confectioners Association’s Sweets & Snacks Expo.

Packaging Trends A consumer makes an at-shelf purchasing decision on which brand to choose.
  1. Single-Serve Packaging: Americans love to snack. They snack an average of 2.5 times per day, or more if they are younger, and typically alone. This is why the candy and snack industry offers single-serve options because they are portable, easy to carry, open and reseal.
    Packaging Trends On-the-go snacking provides peace of mind and no spills with its resealable packaging.
  2. Convenience Packaging: Consumers of all ages enjoy when these products are offered in packaging that is lightweight, easy to open, and resealable, complementing their on-the-go lifestyle. Many manufacturers in this industry use plastic stand-up pouches as the perfect packaging options for both candy and snacks.
  3. Bulk Packaging: Purchasing candy and snacks in bulk is essential to big families and households. Consumers like the economics of large, resealable packages because it saves money and time. It allows fewer trips to the store while keeping the products consumers love fresh. Statistics show consumers, who earn less than $50,000 annually, are willing to spend almost twice the premium for packaging that keeps a product fresh longer.
  4. Switching the Packaging Up: To connect with new consumers, manufacturers should consider switching products’ packaging format, material, and style; or bring a new element to enhance the full packaging look. Sticking to the basics or incorporating creative effects on packaging entices consumers to purchase.

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