Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the packaging sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising sweets & snacks packaging startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Sweets & Snacks Packaging Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of packaging. For this research, we identified 785 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing innovative sweets & snacks packaging solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 785 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Snacktops – Tiered Packaging
Candy and snack packaging companies are dealing with a transition in consumer behavior, with a change in the way snacks are consumed. For example, ready-to-bake packaging is growing popular as consumers find all the necessary ingredients in one box. Further, compartmentalization of sweets packaging that incorporates dips and other complementary products are also increasing in demand. Emerging companies provide innovative solutions for all types of sweets and snacks packaging.
Snacktops is a US-based startup from California providing customizable snacking solutions for the food industry. The Snacktopper is a pre-sealed snack, sealed on the lid, ready to top up on existing drinks. This solution provides an easy point of purchase upsell that is both simple and high-margin. The Snacktops coupling system increases the number of items that are carried in one hand, in turn, enabling higher sales per customer.
Fossa Chocolate – Customizable Packaging For Events
Consuming sweets and snacks is both a solo and a social experience. This drives startups to innovate in ways to cater to all demographics and consumer preferences. Sweets like chocolates also make good gifts for any type of social gathering or event. Corporate gifting, as well as themed events, make use of bespoke packaging solutions to better advertise and interact with their customers.
Singaporean startup Fossa Chocolate makes its chocolates from scratch and provides various packaging for its consumption. They use jars, boxes, sachets, and flexible packaging options to sell their chocolates. In addition, the startup offers customizable chocolate bars or gift boxes for corporate gifting, product launches, and similar events.
Keratica Designs – Creative Packaging
Companies are also realizing the potential of increasing sales by catering packaging to specific demographic groups. This provides numerous opportunities for emerging companies that are developing creative packaging solutions. Targeting packaging towards specific groups, from children to elders, help companies identify different ways to improve future sales. At the same time, it also helps retain customers while attracting new ones.
Indian startup Keratica Designs provides custom packaging for several industries including sweets and snacks. The startup merges packaging services with box design and utility, visual imagery, and verbal articulation. Keratica designers work together with clients to develop customized packaging solutions, keeping in mind the target demographic or event, and add product-specific detailing.
Buttermilk Creative – Custom Packaging Design
There is also a growing demand for packaging design that is uncluttered and provides easy-to-understand product information. Together with personalization and technologies already available for packaging, design plays a key role in attracting and retaining customers. This drives several companies to continuously rethink and redesign their product packaging, and in some cases, the products themselves. Startups and emerging companies take advantage of this demand for packaging design services to offer creative and flexible options for their clients.
The US-based startup Buttermilk Creative, based out of North Carolina, creates custom packaging solutions for brands and companies. The startup offers a full-service packaging design studio with a focus on the specialty food and beverage industry. Some of their design solutions that are suitable for sweets and snack packaging include designs for gelato, chocolates, beverages, sauces, and water, among others.
Algarve Chocolate Company – Chocolate Packaging
Traditionally, sweets and snack packaging tends to be shiny and attractive. This is to ensure shoppers see their products among numerous competing products. However, as packaging companies begin targeting demographic sections, there is an increase in clean and minimalistic packaging designs. This transition also provides opportunities for emerging startups to offer flexible packaging solutions.
The Algarve Chocolate Company is a Portuguese startup offering a range of chocolate packaging solutions. Keeping in mind the many ways in which chocolate is consumed, the startup sells catering equipment, boxes, chocolate printing, and other machines, among others. These solutions enable chocolate manufacturers to easily package their products depending on the end-consumer use.
What About The Other 780 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 sweets & snacks packaging startups showcased above are promising examples out of 785 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.