By the end of this year, the world will have spent $3.5 trillion on packaging for food and beverage products, a trillion dollars more than in 2013.
But that’s a tiny slice of the overall pie, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service estimates that for the year 2020, the total amount spent on food packaging for packaged foods will be $1.4 trillion.
That’s a $200 billion jump from $7.7 trillion in 2019, when food packaging accounted for only 4 percent of the total.
It’s a big increase, but it’s still only a small part of the pie.
So what is the next big thing?
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says the U,S.
is the only industrialized country where there’s no plan for a global shift away from the current packaging system.
Instead, it says we should be focused on changing the food systems that support the development of food and feed, and how those systems are delivered.
The main problem with current packaging systems, according the FAO, is that they are largely uninsulated, which is why many foods are still packaged in a cardboard box, plastic bags, or plastic trays.
But the FAOS also points out that these boxes, in some countries, are also heavily laden with plastic.
A large chunk of packaging is wasted.
The food industry is moving to alternative packaging systems that allow for greater freedom of movement.
But there are still lots of obstacles to overcome.
For example, while there is a growing demand for food that is prepared, packaged, and served in a sanitary way, the process of preparing and serving food remains challenging.
Another obstacle is that many packaged foods are not nutritious and can cause serious health issues, such as heart disease and cancer.
The FAO estimates that, globally, there are more than 1 billion people who are currently living in food insecurity.
It says more than 4 billion of these people, or roughly two-thirds, are in developing countries.
Food insecurity is a global health issue, the FAOs report says.
But it also highlights the importance of getting the bulk of packaged food into the hands of more people.