Mergers and acquisitions activity (M&A) in the U.S. has “jumped significantly” over the last year or so, with a number of large consumer packaging companies selling off non-core operations and brands. M&A also appears to be on the rise in Europe, particularly in the areas of jewelry and fashion. Does the end-consumer look to benefit from corporate’s rush to buy and sell?
Visiongain, a provider of business intelligence, predicts that the world cosmetics packaging market looks to grow in 2013 – in developed markets and emerging ones. At the same time, the fair trade movement in cosmetic packaging also looks to gain some traction. What accounts for this seemingly contradictory scenario? Why are societies around the globe, even economically challenged ones, ready to make cosmetics a buying priority?
Companies that use plastic in the packaging of their products have been experimenting with the use of a plant-based substance that seems to work just as well as its petroleum-based cousin. With corporate giants like Coca-Cola and Heinz using PlantBottle technology, is plant-based plastic the real thing? And just how recyclable is it?
An explosion in eco-labels – those small squares and squiggles that indicate organic food products have passed certain certifications, like those of Fairtrade and the Agriculture Department – threatens to make organic food shopping more complicated than clicking every social media icon on your favorite blog. Where will it all end?