Packaging Industry: 2015 Market Forecasts - Australia, France, South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, Spain, Sweden, Czech Republic, Italy & Poland

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Data coverage in these packaging research reports include market sizes (historic and forecasts), company shares, brand shares and distribution data.

Packaging Industry in France - Packaging unit volume sales enjoyed positive growth in France in 2011. The impact of the uncertain economic crisis encouraged a consolidation of the cocooning trend in France. The positive performance was chiefly driven by retail unit volume growth at the expense of foodservice. The stronger trends of homemade meals and social gatherings at home led to product innovation and boosted retail packaging sales. The growing demand for convenience for a significant factor is the development of packaging in France.

Packaging Industry in Hungary - Packaging industry affected by slow economic recovery and the low purchasing propensity. Despite the improvement in the national economy in terms of rising export volumes, higher agricultural output and a slightly decreasing inflation rate, the consolidation of consumer confidence is likely to manifest itself at a later stage. In the first half of 2011 retail sales volume declined by 0.5% in comparison with the same period a year earlier. Despite the lowered personal income tax and the payments of private pensions, these measures do not seem to be having any reinvigorating effect on the retail market.

Packaging Industry in Spain - Continuation of economic downturn remains key factor affecting packaging industry. At the end of 2011 the number of unemployed people in Spain reached the historic high of five million, equivalent to 22% of the potential workforce in the country. Spanish consumers have become extremely concerned over their financial security and the decline in disposable incomes has increased the importance of price in the choice of products.

Packaging Industry in Sweden – As a result of both environmental concerns and cost saving, a number of packagers in Sweden have increased measures to reduce the amount of packaging in a single product unit, without the loss of functionality or preservation features. A great number of new products across all sectors display selling points such as “40% less packaging”, which is aimed at attracting consumers while at the same time cutting costs.

Canned/preserved food has benefited from the cost cutting, as consumers have turned to cheap, ready-made alternatives to chilled food to a large extent. Flexible plastic has, in turn, seen a boost as a result of this given its low price in comparison with other packs, including folding cartons, metal food cans or glass packaging.

Packaging Industry in Australia- Customer needs and government regulations the driving forces behind the packaging market. The Australian packaging industry is being shaped by cost-neutral, easy-to-handle, shelf-optimised and sustainable packaging. Based on consumer needs, brand manufacturers and packers continued to invest in developing packaging that is convenient, eco-friendly and protects products. Innovation in design, materials and efficiency served to meet cost and environmental concerns, as well as convenience and safety issues. Companies are looking for new ways to differentiate their products in a crowded marketplace.

Packaging Industry in the Czech Republic - VAT (value-added tax) was increased in the Czech Republic in January 2010, from 19% to 20%, including packaging. In January 2012, VAT on goods with a lower rate of 10% will increase to 14%. The lower, exceptional rates are applied to goods considered more important to consumers, such as food and pharmaceuticals. From 2013, there will be a standard VAT rate of 17.5% for all goods. These changes have been approved by the government and ratified in parliament, but they remain the subject of political debate. It should be noted that new VAT rates might be introduced if there is a change in government after the political elections planned for 2014.

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