A huge trend for 2016 is the use of repeating geometric patterns and shapes. Patterns and geometry are influencing packaging in the simple aesthetic treatment of labels, resulting in quirky packaging that really stands out on the shelves.
4 Emerging Packaging Design Trends of 2016: Essentialism
By looking at the best packaging of the past year, one gets a picture of the world today. And if the design trends are an anecdote, the diagnosis is that the patient is overwhelmed. In economics there is an old idea that "every abundance creates a new scarcity." When one thing becomes popular, there is always a corresponding part that becomes more valuable because it has become rare.