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Future of food packaging – Four scenarios for 2030

How will food consumption and food packaging look like in 2030? Our future scenario survey provides four plausible alternatives for the future and paints pictures of consumer attitudes and behavior, packaging trends, recycling, and regulation in ten years’ time.


Food packaging 2030 – Opportunities in the value chain

The food industry and the food packaging value chain are rapidly changing, challenged by the need to be more sustainable and resource-efficient and to meet the demands of urban consumers. What does the future of food and food packaging look like?


Future scenarios

Several megatrends are impacting the ways we consume and package food. We reached out to the industry experts, researchers, and key stakeholders: paper and board manufacturers, packaging converters, brand owners, and regulatory experts in attempt to discover what food and its packaging could look like in 2030.

Enabling recyclable, functional, and safe food packaging

Chemistry is the invisible enabler for recyclable, functional, and safe fiber-based food packaging. With our expertise, application know-how, and chemicals, we are an essential part of the value chain that is working together to find future-proof solutions to global sustainability and resource efficiency challenges that impact packaging. 

Without chemistry, paper or board could not be turned into fit-for-purpose packaging. The packaging material would not have the required stiffness, strength, convertibility, or hydrophobicity; it would neither protect the product nor be hygienic and safe to use; it would not withstand being shipped or carried around.  

It’s time to pay attention to the unseen. 


The global challenges of food loss and plastic waste present great opportunities for us to come up with practical solutions.

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Quick inversion polymers for efficient stickies control

As paper and board makers continue to use more recycled fibers, they will increasingly need stickies control to ensure machine cleanliness and runnability. A new family of quick inversion polymers are shown to be highly effective at removing sticky contaminants.

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Barrier coatings, tailored to fit your process

A one-size-fits-all solution can be a poor fit for most. That’s why Kemira’s dispersion barrier coatings for recyclable and fluorine-free paper and board packaging are based on an open formula.

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Ensuring success with dispersion barriers, from pulping to wastewater treatment

For the paper and board manufacturers, reaching success with barrier technology requires more than just adding the right coating chemistry to the process.

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Strength in solving papermakers’ challenges

David Paque, Senior Applications Specialist for Strength at Kemira Pulp & Paper, lights up at a challenge. He shares a recent success, where the net return on the investment made in strength chemicals was more than a million dollars a year for the customer mill.

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Beyond the surface of sustainability

The complexity of sustainability topics is what drives Mari Ojanen, Manager, Global Processes and Projects at Kemira R&D and Technology, in her work.

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How barrier coated boards repulp?

Join our webinar to learn how dispersion barrier coated boards behave in the repulping process and how the repulped material can be effectively reused in board making.

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At the heart of efficient papermaking

As the speed of paper machines increases and recycled fibers are more and more used, the demands for retention and drainage performance and machine cleanliness increase as well. Kemira introduces quick inversion polymer technology that helps paper and board producers to tackle the challenges of modern papermaking.

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Solutions for sustainability for paper and board makers

Are you looking for ways to enhance the sustainability of your production? This playbook provides paper and board manufacturers insight and support on their way toward more sustainable production, lower environmental footprint, and fully biobased products.

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A successful paper machine start-up: Quality from the first reel

A new paper machine start-up is a challenging and complex project. But if you choose your partners wisely, one thing you don’t have to worry about is the chemistry management.

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High quality packaging board both protects a wide variety of products and promotes brands in the best possible way. This requires properties such as strength and stiffness, lightest possible weight as well as superb printing and converting of the package. With liquid packaging and food service grades, strict standards for hygiene and cleanliness must be met. We offer industry-leading chemistry expertise to help board manufacturers reach all desired qualities.

Hygiene and product safety

Hygiene is the top priority for food service board suppliers. At the same time, paper machines are known to be prone to problems related to uncontrolled microbiological (MB) growth. The combination of potential troublesome MB growth and the need for a very high level of hygiene makes MB control a subject no paperboard producer can ignore.

Biofilm or slime growth on board machine surfaces can have drastic negative effects on both machine runnability and end-product quality. Uncontrolled bacterial growth causes unstable wet-end chemistry, taste or odor issues, spoilage of papermaking additives, and harmful bacterial sporulation. For example, a two-day outbreak of bacterial spores on a board machine can lead to the loss of thousands of tons of finished food packaging board, at a cost approaching millions of euros. With Kemira’s chemistry and application expertise, you can cure and protect your board machine from troubles caused by microbes.

Liquid resistance, printability and convertibility

Fiber based food packaging materials are more sustainable than plastic, but they set high demands for qualities such as hydrophobation and liquid resistance. Liquid resistance is one of the most important packaging board characteristics that is needed for all take-away food packages such as noodle cups, coffee mugs or hamburger boxes. Thanks to liquid resistance, consumers are able to keep their fingers clean and liquids and grease inside the food packages.

In addition, board should be easily printed on and converted into highly appealing packages with brilliant color reproduction. High-quality packages should not only protect the enclosed products, but also help promote brands in highly competitive markets – where every little detail counts. All this requires expertise in chemistry.

Kemira is a world-leader in sizing chemistries that provide liquid resistance to your packaging board. We also have a broad expertise in applications and analysis methods for improved printability and convertibility.

Lightweighting and strength

Today’s consumers do a lot of shopping online which has driven changes in packaging materials. Product packages have to look appealing, be strong enough to survive being shipped around the world, and still look good when they are finally delivered. At the same time, consumers are expecting more sustainable packaging materials. Lighter weight packaging is one way to improve sustainability: lighter packages mean lighter load and reduced fuel consumption as well as reduced transportation costs.

Kemira chemistries enable reducing basis weights in board-making with no decrease in strength, stiffness or performance. We offer a portfolio of strength chemistries that enable the lightweighting of your sheet while increasing the strength and quality of your finished products. We can also improve your machine runnability and reduce sheet breaks and downtime. Overall profitability can be improved through fiber savings, lower energy consumption in the drying phase, less tonnage to transport, and reduced volume of the finished products.

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Harri Eronen

Senior Vice President, Commercial, Pulp & Paper, EMEA

Nichlas Kavander

Senior Vice President, Commercial, Pulp & Paper, APAC

Tuija Pohjolainen-Hiltunen

Senior Vice President, Commercial, Pulp & Paper, Americas

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