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Packaging in the era of the pandemic.
PACKAGING INDUSTRY. Return of plastic bags, over-packaging of fruits and vegetables, ban on buying in bulk … due to hygiene and sanitation issues in times of pandemic, several efforts to reduce the use of plastic in the food sector have taken a break.
“The industry has had to reintegrate several types of packaging to ensure consumer safety. Among the materials used, plastic is still one of the best solutions to play a role of barrier and food protection ”, indicates Bruno Ponsard, director of the College’s Institute of Packaging Technology and Food Engineering (ITEGA). Maisonneuve. Therefore, he concedes, this question reignites discussions about the sustainability and life cycle of food packaging. A market of more than 300 billion dollars (B $) per year, which represents a third of the value of the global packaging industry.
Despite everything, this expert believes that COVID-19 opens the door to new possibilities. “At home, at ITEGA, we have started to think about what possible packaging with antiviral characteristics might look like”, underlines the researcher.
The pandemic: a lever for business
In this regard, the pandemic is already leveraging the TalThi company in Saint-Hyacinthe. Specializing in the distribution and manufacture of food packaging for ready-to-eat and take-out meals, this maskoutaine company has seen its revenues increase by 20% since mid-March this year. She even had to hire four more people to help the fifteen employees already in place.
Rather than producing visors, the company made the decision to stay in its area of expertise. “For the past two years, we have wanted to adopt a strategy aimed at supplying the smallest SMEs in the province, especially restaurants. With the pandemic, we decided to put pressure on the pedal” says Steven Thibault, founding president of TalThi. In the aftermath of containment, TalThi sent more than 300 sets of samples to restaurateurs across Quebec. “At least seven out of ten have decided to source from us. And one in three is even looking for personalized solutions in the colors of their establishment” says Steven Thibault.
Since its creation ten years ago, this SME, which generates more than 5 million dollars (M $) in annual revenues, has offered its customers 100% recyclable packaging. “From the start, we made sure to sell products whose components – aluminum, polypropylene No. 5 and polyethylene terephthalate No. 1 – are 100% recyclable, regardless of the municipalities in Quebec”, raises the co-owner of the company.
Initially, 100% of TalThi’s products were imported from Europe and Asia. This situation is, however, changing. “For two years, 10% of production has been carried out here. We plan to manufacture 20% of our packaging locally by the end of 2020. The objective is to manufacture 50% of the products in our Saint-Hyacinthe plant by 2023 ”, indicates Steven Thibault.
By Claudine Hébert, Les affaires, June 17, 2020
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