Between January and September 2016 the volume of glass and glassware imported by Central American countries grew by 9% compared to the same period in 2015.
Figures from the Information Systemon the Glass and Glassware Market in Central America provided by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData: [Figure caption = "Click to interact with graphics"]
Recyclable and biodegradable bottles and packaging with a "second life" are some of the packaging trends arising in the food industry.
From a report by PROCOMER:
In the food sectorpackagingas a conceptis becoming increasingly present and brands are targeting their strategies towards green and practical practices. Experts believe that this is a crucial part of brand perception as it is a major point of contact with the consumer.Specialistshave detailed upcoming trends in packagingwhich are being backed by the food sector:
In 2015 Guatemala led the import of glass and glassware in the region, with 87,000 tons worth $63 million, followed by Costa Rica, which bought from abroad 84,000 tons, for $60 million.
Marketfiguresfor glass and glassware in CentralAmerica compiled by the Business Intelligence Unit at CentralAmericaData.com show that in 2015 the countries in Central America together imported 331,000 tons ofglass and glassware, equivalent to $287 million.
In order to resolve a tie situation between two of the bidders the administration of Panama City airport has ordered the cancelation of the tender and will be holding another one next month.
The consortiums Brillantex and Treoc Tocumen submitted proposals valued at $6.9 million and both met the specifications established in the tender, therefore the evaluation committee had to choose between two options: choose the proponent who is credited as an SME with the Authority of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Ampyme) or direct the proponents to submit a second offer.
The Chemical industry and food packaging industry for the Jamaican market need low-cost packaging for their products aimed at lower income sectors.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rica Foreign Trade Promotion Office (PROCOMER):
The competitive environment in the industrial sector in Jamaica is presenting opportunities for exporters of packaging products in Costa Rica. The high costs felt by manufacturers in the Caribbean country, along with the fact that food and beverage companies need to offer more affordable products for low-income consumers, has led to Jamaican companies being willing to evaluate the packaging options on offer in Costa Rica.
A new type of biodegradable container has been developed for products containing liquid or solid fat which prolongs the shelf life of the food.
From a statement issued by the Costa Rican Foreign Trade Promotion Office (Procomer):
Biomat research group at the University of the Basque Country, has developed a new biodegradable packaging for fatty products, both liquid and solid, made from agro-industrial by-products, thereby contributing to sustainable consumption of raw materials and by-product recovery. The container is transparent and at the same time, an excellent barrier to ultraviolet light and gases such as oxygen. Multilayer laminates are usually used as a barrier to gases, however, the product developed by Biomat group is monolayer, thus greatly reducing its cost. Furthermore, it can be heat sealed and is printable.
Nicaragua does not recycle its discarded glass, and the little that is collected is exported to three recycling plants in other Central American countries.
Elnuevodiario.com.ni reports that "If there was a glass processing plant in Nicaragua, without a doubt the number of collectors would multiply and their income would improve, but for now the amount of material collected for selling at the three factories operating in Central America, is only 2.457 metric tons per year, the lowest of all countries on the isthmus. "
Variations in the size of packaging is an option increasingly used to meet the market demand for cheaper products.
Driven by competition, rising food prices and a loss of purchasing power by large groups of consumers in many markets, food processing companies are adjusting the size and presentation of the packaging in order to keep their products attractive.
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The government succeeded in preventing Dominican authorities from applying temporary safeguard measures against Panamanian products.
On April 20th, the Dominican government started an investigation process, in order to apply safeguard measures against glass recipients from Panama. The process was started after a request from a Dominican corporation.
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