Metal packaging plays an important role in the process of food preservation. The common expression used to describe such a process is “canning”. Metal packaging has a double function as a protection against any external influence on the foodstuff during heat treatment and storage and as a sales and information pack. The basic requirement for such a package is the hermetic tightness of the container. Metals are used for many food contact applications, such as saucepans and coffee pots as well as packaging. This monograph only considers metal packaging for foodstuffs. As many of these contain an organic layer (referred to as coating) on the metal surface between the foodstuff and the metal, this is safe and efficient. Hence the usage of metal packing is increasing, in future years it is going to increase enormously.
Over the past several years, Brazil has easily become one of the most dynamic countries in the world for packaging application. With the abridged buying power for numerous customers in Brazil and the preference for cash and carry that is driven by multipack and economy products coupled with various benefits of refill packages has contributed extensively in maintaining the performance of packaging on a positive level in almost all industry. However, the advent of products usually obtainable at low prices is also a vital factor driving the metal packaging industry in Brazil.
There exists a general consensus or an agreed strategy to use our planets resources in the most efficient and accountable way possible. Our vision is that no metal packaging should go to landfill. That means striving towards keeping all metal packaging in the material to material loop as metal can be recycled an infinite number of times, saving energy and resources, and does not disappear or degrade. Metals are elemental, aluminum and steel are therefore permanently available resources regardless of their many applications. Metal has always been valuable and has always been recycled. We have long-standing experience in sustainable materials management and continuously increasing resource efficiency. The industry track-record of decoupling market growth from resource use testifies to this.
Steel packaging is the metal of choice for today’s savvy consumers interested in sustainability and value for their money. Since fruits and vegetables are picked and packed in steel cans within hours of harvesting, canned foods offer freshness and nutrients that can surpass even fresh produce, which lose nutrients from the moment they are picked until transported to the store and consumed. Metal packaging is used throughout the retail, wholesale, commercial and industrial sectors. It comes in many shapes and sizes and can be used to package virtually any product. Made from permanent materials, metal packaging saves resources and is ideally placed to contribute to the circular economy.
The Brazilian market for Metal packaging was estimated to be $xx bn in 2015. The market for the same is estimated to grow at a CAGR of xx% and is forecast to reach $xx bn by 2022. Power metal packaging is forecast to have the highest growth of x% during the forecast period 2015-2022. The market is primarily driven by the rapid use of packaged food and adoption of metal packaging in this country.
Various consumer-trends are driving metal packaging demand. The increasingly busy lifestyles of modern consumers and rapidly aging societies are magnifying the demand for convenient and long-lasting food packaging. Increased awareness of the health and nutritional benefits of freshly packaged food as well as nutrient-retaining qualities of metal packaging are driving its demand in Brazil. Growing environmental concerns have also caused a move towards increasing sustainability and both consumers and companies are looking to diminish their environmental footprint, benefiting the 100% recyclable metal packaging.
Packing made from aluminum foil is utmost used in the food industry. In spite of having a lower market share than paper and plastics, metal packaging offers the maximum growth opportunity in the industry. Cans are considered as one of the major type of metal packaging commercially available owing to the high demand of alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic drinks. The majority of the leading companies in the Brazilian metal can production industry have proclaimed their development plans through brownfield and Greenfield projects, reflecting confidence in market growth.