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The members of Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) welcome the consideration of the agri-food supply chain as “societally-critical” in the “Save Gas for a Safe Winter” initiative by the EU Commission and its Member States. Packaging is an integral part of this chain as recently outlined by Copa-Cogeca, Primary Food Processors, and FoodDrinkEurope. Other “societally-critical” value chains, such as the pharmaceutical and medical sectors, also rely on flexible packaging to ensure patients can access those products.

Supported by Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE), Innoform Coaching organises the first “Inno-Meeting Europe” which will take place in Berlin on 6/7 October 2022. The focus will be on “Flexpack & Climate Change” and the conference language is English. This industry get-together for the flexible packaging and food industry is intended to take place on an annual basis as part of the Inno-Talk concept. Speakers from Europe will discuss and present insights, products and innovations for the entire food packaging sector with a focus on flexible packaging.

The cost of plastics, aluminium, paper and liquids materials used in flexible packaging reached new, record levels in the first quarter of 2022, maintaining the strong upward surge in prices seen throughout 2021, according to Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE). Continued pressure from soaring energy costs, as well as other external factors, means the dramatic increases seen in the last half of 2021 have now been exceeded.

The Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) envisions better coordination and distribution of tasks between EU agencies like EFSA and ECHA concerning the hazard and risk assessment of substances. This translates in the aspirational approach of ‘one-substance, one-hazard-assessment’ (OSOA) followed by a tailored risk assessment as suggested by various stakeholders of the packaging value chain.

Energy and raw material prices were already on very high level but surged even .further after the beginning of the war in Ukraine. Those increases combined with availability issues have serious financial impacts on the flexible packaging supply chain

The prices of materials often used for flexible packaging continued to accelerate in the final quarter of 2021, due mainly to the spike in energy costs, which began to increase dramatically after August, according to Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE). On-going shortages of some raw materials and supply chain disruption also continue to have an impact on availability and costs.