“Due to Brexit uncertainty and the shift in materials away from plastics, brand owners are often reticent to invest in machinery,” British Contract Manufacturing and Packaging Association (BCMPA) chief executive Rodney Steel told Food Manufacture.
“Our members are very flexible and open to new ideas, including new packaging ideas.”
In fact, the industry offered much more than just a packaging function, Steel said. “There’s a lot more demand from clients looking for an end-to-end service,” he added. “It could start as early as the pack concept and design, the manufacture of the product, all the way through to packing, labelling and storage.”
The BCMPA works to emphasise the fulfilment and logistics side of co-packing, Steel said. “It’s about clients not wanting to handle goods more than they have to, so chilled and frozen storage is key for the food industry,” he explained.