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March 20, 2020updated 24 Mar 2020 9:03am

Hygiene first: Covid-19 pandemic causes rise in disposable packaging

By GlobalData Consumer

Just before the Covid-19 outbreak, sustainable packaging was one of the key challenges on every FMCG company’s agenda. However, now consumers’ sentiment is significantly shifting to ‘health and protection first’, and this will potentially change consumers’ views on packaging to be more hygiene-focused rather than sustainability in the near future.

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To respond to the concerns over the spread of Covid-19, food products that are not usually in packaging are now packaged to protect them from the exposure of the virus. Bakeries often place bread and rolls without packaging on their shelves. However, bakery chains, such as Vie de France owned by Yamazaki Baking, Japan’s largest baking manufacturer in Japan, have implemented individual wrappers and stopped using tongs to pick up bread for hygiene reasons. Also, in France, naked baguette exposing from a shopping bag is common scenery but bakeries have started to sell wrapped bread. Understandably, the use of disposable packaging is back and even increasing.

Last year, GlobalData found out consumers’ opinions on sustainable features in packaging.72% of consumers globally say that refillable / reusable factor is quite or extremely important, while 67% say same on plastic free packaging. However, understandably, these consumers’ view is likely to change for more hygiene-driven features in the short term, in which consumers may view disposable packaging as positive.

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What is the impact of China’s Zero-COVID lockdowns on economic activity, consumer goods and the foodservice industry?

While wanting to protect the country from being overwhelmed by Omicron, China’s adherence to a Zero-COVID policy is resulting in a significant economic downturn. COVID outbreaks in Shanghai, Beijing and many other Chinese cities will impact 2022’s economic growth as consumers and businesses experience rolling lockdowns, leading to a slowdown in domestic and international supply chains. China’s Zero-COVID policy is having a demonstrable impact on consumer-facing industries. Access GlobalData’s new whitepaper, China in 2022: the impact of China’s Zero-COVID lockdowns on economic activity, consumer goods and the foodservice industry, to examine the current situation in Shanghai and other cities in China, to better understand the worst-affected industry sectors, foodservice in particular, and to explore potential growth opportunities as China recovers. The white paper covers:
  • Which multinational companies have been affected?
  • What is the effect of lockdowns on foodservice?
  • What is the effect of lockdowns on Chinese ports?
  • Spotlight on Shanghai: what is the situation there?
  • How have Chinese consumers reacted?
  • How might the Chinese government react?
  • What are the potential growth opportunities?
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