What packaging trends in the grocery perimeter are you keeping a close eye on? We asked four industry leaders.

Oliviero Colmignoli, president and founder, Olli Salumeria

Overall, the main trend that we’re seeing in recent years is an increased demand for convenience, especially in the deli section. Whether it’s grab-and-go snack packs, or pre-packaged charcuterie trays, consumers want to make the process of enjoying salami and other deli favorites easy.

Adrianne Tipton, chief technology officer, Novolex

One of the trends we're seeing as we head into fall and winter is the ability to heat or reheat items like soups, sides and entrees using microwave-safe packaging. Our Blaze Hot Food containers are meeting this demand by combining superior ventilation with customizable options that fit the needs of our customers. Consumers may be spending less time cooking at home, but clearly still want healthy and convenient options with proper grab-and-go packaging.

Jenny Mahoney, deli director, Kowalski’s

We have been much more conscientious and aware of virgin plastic vs. new plastic. 

We have been going more towards non-virgin plastic, since it comes from recycled plastic, and have also been looking at having more compostable options for our consumers.

The safety seal containers that we use in our prepared foods grab-and-go sections are very well received by our shoppers.

Kim Radigan, assistant brand manager, Inline Plastics Corp.

The market is moving away from super-size and focusing more on healthy size. Portion control is a big component in making better food choices. The demand for healthier food options continues to dominate, especially when it comes to snacking and the need for quick, grab-and-go options.