The food sector takes slightly less than ten per cent of the tubes produced in Europe. Here, too, the tube’s user-friendly aspects count in its favour and it is increasingly being regarded as a modern and up-to-date form of packaging.
It offers convenient handling, is easy to open, and above all, close again, makes portioning simple, and is lightweight and unbreakable. All of these benefits speak for the tube in a sector where it is no longer only used for mustard, mayonnaise and ketchup. Nowadays fish pastes, cheese and butter products, and creams play an important role. Dietary supplements, every type of sweet paste, smoothies and even trendy cold drinks are particularly popular with young people. In addition, the excellent barrier properties ensure no preservatives need to be used and the contents have optimal protection against deterioration until the very end. This means there is no unnecessary wastage of resources used to produce the foodstuffs.
The tube’s versatility offers opportunities for product differentiation or product innovation, not least with beverages and foodstuffs. Let us look forward to seeing some new creative ideas.