Tetra Pak has unveiled the findings from its global research study, in partnership with Ipsos, pointing towards a dilemma in the consumers’ minds as they try to balance the critical priorities of human existence through safe food and sustainability of the planet we live on., showing that food safety is a major issue for society. The same number of respondents believe that COVID-19 is a “real threat.” At the same time, concern for the environment remains strikingly powerful
• Food safety is a major issue for society, according to more than two-thirds of the respondents
• Concern for the environment is substantially ahead of everything else, except COVID
• Globally, 77% of consumers see food waste as a key challenge
The Tetra Pak Index, in its 13th edition, has seen a 10% increase in global concern about food safety and future food supplies, now at 40%, compared to 30% from 2019. In addition, more than 50% of consumers not only believe that improving food safety is the responsibility of manufacturers, they see it as the number one issue that companies need to tackle now and in the future. According to this year’s research, health is deeply connected to heightened issues of food safety and hygiene: with two-thirds of consumers saying that being healthy is being safe and 60% of consumers globally saying they worry about the food they buy being hygienic and safe.
When asked what is key for them in a package, consumers indicate that ensuring food safety is its main purpose. They also express concerns about environmental innovations in packaging impacting food safety, even though the majority of respondents indicate ‘using sustainable packaging’ as one of the top issues food and beverage brands need to tackle – today and tomorrow.
Adolfo Orive, President and CEO, Tetra Pak
Adolfo Orive, President and CEO, Tetra Pak, comments: “
The Tetra Pak Index 2020 also highlights how food waste is rising up the agenda and this is now seen as a concern by more than
three-quarters of respondents. The impact of COVID 19 on supply chains has accelerated awareness of food waste as a pressing issue. There is a likelihood that this sentiment will grow going forward, as the world strives to feed its growing population. Consumers cite food waste reduction as both the number one environmental issue they can influence themselves and one of the top three priorities for manufacturers. But confusing labelling is a barrier, offering brands a chance for better communication.
Dan Esty, Hillhouse Professor at Yale University, comments:" .”
Read more: Top 10 takeaways from Tetra Pak Index 2020
The Tetra Pak Index 2020 finds consumer concern for food safety has grown compared to this time last year, with 40% of respondents ranking food safety and future food supplies among their top three most worrying issues, compared to 30% in the Tetra Pak Index 2019. 64% of respondents have identified COVID-19 as the issue causing them the greatest worry, pushing the environment down the list of global concerns: from 63% in 2019 to 49% today – whereas worries about economic issues are rising, up from 40% to 47%.
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