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February 26, 2019updated 31 Jan 2020 9:46am

Ranking the most influential companies in the packaging industry

Packaging companies are increasingly in the news with their efforts to improve sustainability and introduce innovation. Analysts at GlobalData’s Intelligence Centre have identified the top ten companies that are influencing the packaging industry using a host of data from online engagement and number of mentions, to qualitative expert analysis.

By Deborah Williams

Here is a roundup of the top ten most influential companies in packaging and their key Twitter information, provided by GlobalData’s Packaging Technology & Innovation Influencer Network.


1) HP

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is a US multinational information technology company which also provide business with packaging solutions including labels, flexible packaging, folding cartons, corrugated displays and value boxes, and corrugated high-volume boxes. Most recently, HP partnered with packaging printing solutions company Folienprint RAKO to make 3.2m unique water bottles.

Twitter: @hpindigo

Twitter followers: 13.3K


2) Berlin Packaging

Berlin Packaging is a Chicago, US-based packaging services supplier covering the food, beverage, personal care, pharmaceutical, household care, industrial and coatings sectors.

Twitter: @BerlinPackaging

Twitter followers: 5,732


3) Clemson University

Clemson University is a US research university based in South Carolina offering majors in food, nutrition and packaging sciences alongside courses through its online portal, The Packaging School.

Twitter: @ClemsonUniv

Twitter followers: 109K


4) TricorBraun

TricorBraun is a US design and supply rigid packaging company specialising in glass and plastic packaging. Most recently, TricorBraun acquired flexible packaging solutions firm Pacific Bag.

Twitter: @TricorBraun

Twitter followers: 1,952


5) Carlsberg

Carlsberg is a Danish global brewery group predominately within the beer and beverage sector. Carlsberg has most recently put forward new innovations such as its Snap Pack to help reduce plastic packaging waste by more than 1,200 tonnes a year.

Twitter: @carlsberg

Twitter followers: 28.2K


6) Whole Foods

Whole Foods Market is a US supermarket chain specialising in artificially-free, organic products. Whole Foods recently removed packaging treated with cancer-linked chemicals from its stores.

Twitter: @WholeFoods

Twitter followers: 4.47M


7) Digimarc

Digimarc is an enabling technologies innovator and provider for digital identities for sectors such as banking, retail and media. Digimarc is the maker of Digimarc Barcode, an invisible barcode technology for packaging, print, audio and video applications.

Twitter: @digimarc

Twitter followers: 1,352


8) Kellogg

The Kellogg Company, commonly known as Kellogg’s, is a US multinational food manufacturer based in Michigan. Kellogg has a zero-net-deforestation pledge, which includes making sure that 100% of its timber-based packaging comes from recycled or certified-sustainable materials. Most recently, Kellogg has reduced the weight of its US cereal liners by 17% and introduced traffic light labelling across its cereal packaging.

Twitter: @KelloggCompany

Twitter followers: 76.2K


9) Metsa Board Corporation

Metsa Board is a European producer of fresh fibre paperboards such as folding boxboards, foodservice boards and white kraftliner. Metsa Board aims to create better and lighter paperboard solutions for companies while keeping to its long-term quality and sustainability commitment.

Twitter: @MetsaBoard

Twitter followers: 2,961


10) Procter & Gamble

Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) is a US multinational consumer product organisation based in Ohio. P&G has several brands in its arsenal such as Pampers, Ariel, Charmin, Tampax, Head & Shoulders, Febreze, Gillette, Clearblue, Oral-B and SK-II. P&G reduced its packaging by 13% per customer use in 2018 and aims to reduce packaging by 20% per customer use and have 90% of its packaging recyclable by 2030.

Twitter: @ProcterGamble

Twitter followers: 197K

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