Experts are convinced that, due to the current situation regarding the pandemic, as well as changing consumer trends, the food packaging industry of the UAE is set for record growth over the next few years.
The same experts noted that the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a surge in online orders being placed, not just for ready-to-eat meals from restaurants and cafes, but also for grocery deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables. Manufacturers noted that this trend has shifted its focus towards improving the current products portfolio in the industry and innovating on more eco-friendly packaging.
Abdul Jebbar PB, managing director of Hotpack Global: 'The food packaging industry was presented with unprecedented growth opportunities, with demand rising for safe and sustainable food packaging options.
Jebbar explained that the shift within food consumption has brought its own challenges, especially in relation to food hygiene, transportation, and storage. The high temperatures often experienced in the UAE mean that food packaging must be contamination free from the outset and properly sealed to maintain the freshness and moisture content.
He also revealed that the food packaging industry in the UAE was valued at Dh10 billion (€2.3 bln) in 2020, and is set to grow to Dh14 billion (€3.2 bln) in the next five years. The presence of more international food brands in the Mena markets has also contributed significantly to the growth of the sector.