The packaging unit volumes of metal food cans used in shelf stable fruit and vegetables rose notably in 2020, with further positive growth in 2021. Shelf stable beans and shelf stable fruits are used as ingredients in sweet desserts such as ice flakes (bingsu), the best-known summer dessert in South Korea.
Processed fruit and vegetables packaging saw a marked demand spike in unit volume sales in 2020 in comparison to the pre-pandemic review period performance, with strong growth still being seen in 2021. This was due to the home seclusion trend, with consumers preferring to eat at home due to closures and opening restrictions in the foodservice channel, while also seeking to minimise their exposure to the virus.
With the focus increasingly on convenience, metal food cans and glass jars are increasingly seen as outdated pack types among South Korean consumers. This continues to influence packaging trends in shelf stable categories, where the metal food can is dominant, with glass jars having been seen as denoting a more premium product.
The packaging unit volumes of metal food cans used in shelf stable fruits and vegetables are expected to decline from 2023 as the demand for desserts returns to cafés and specialist outlets, with retail sales falling as pandemic restrictions are fully eased. A growing preference for fresher fruits and vegetables rather than canned options is also expected to add to the decline in the coming years.
The packaging of shelf stable fruit is expected to be increasingly represented by thin wall plastic containers, which will continue gaining share at the expense of metal food cans over the forecast period. Dole’s fruit cups are increasing their presence in shelf stable fruit.
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