As the glass container industry welcomes 2018, key economic indicators in North America are steady, signaling a positive outlook for growth in the New Year. Many of today’s market trends influencing food and beverage packaging present strong opportunities for glass containers. Research on consumer sentiment also shows that glass is well-positioned as the packaging of choice for taste, health and sustainability.
Consumers still rank glass packaging number-one for taste. A 2017 EcoFocus Worldwide survey of U.S. consumers found that 90% favor glass to preserve and protect the flavor or taste of food and beverages. When consumers were asked to rank the positive health impact of packaging for foods, 55% have a clear preference for glass over all other packaging types, with cans at 30% and plastic bottles 18%.