Frozen foods are always popular with home cooks, and with the increased demand of such foodstuffs, we have seen a huge change in the trends of their packaging. Manufacturers want to make the most of this growing opportunity, and seek to attract buyers in every possible way.
Today, manufacturers are showing keen interest in developing packages that help in not just keeping the food in optimum condition, but also reveal improved storage techniques. Recently, there have been changes in the packages’ designs and styles that have caught the attention of consumers. Today, packaged frozen foods are not just about preserving optimum quality, but also about nutritional value, attractiveness, and more.
So, what are the latest packaging trends in the frozen foods category? What changes can we expect in the next few years?
- Great Packaging Capabilities:
Packaging companies put importance on using the best packaging materials for frozen foods. This includes laminated film materials and the ability to powerfully seal that material. Thus, all packaging materials are now enhanced with a greater ability to preserve and package vegetables, fish, ready-made meals, and meat, to name the most commonly packaged foods. All such packaging material has great strength, which ensures a good seal integrity, offers great puncture resistance, and has the integrity to withstand low temperatures. Frozen foods are usually stored in very low temperatures, thus the packaging material should be capable of offering the maximum protection to the product.
High quality, food-grade printing is also necessary for ensuring that the customers have complete information about the package’s contents. Lately, high-quality film printing is available, which offers maximum protection to products by using the latest technologies, so that the foodstuffs are highly appealing to the buyers.
- Small Packaging
It is always good to freeze food in small portions, which ensures minimum waste and damage to the products. Packaging bags for freezers are available in different sizes and mostly in small packs, which ensure that there is as little waste as possible. Instead of freezing one big loaf of bread, you can always cut it into small slices and put those in freezer. Later, you can easily toast the slices straight from the freezer. This ensures maximum functionality and convenience.
- Airtight Packaging
Airtight packaging is always recommended for freezing food products, since less air means less freezer burn. Plastic wraps are now available in different sizes, so you can quickly remove meat or vegetables from supermarket trays and get them wrapped in freezer bags, before you quickly store them in zip-top bags. These bags or packages are designed in such a way that excess air is squeezed out from the bags or the containers. Thus, the food’s taste is not affected by freezer burn. Airtight containers are now available in different sizes, shapes, and designs for user convenience.
The importance of labels in frozen foods cannot be understated. Today, there are many containers available that have specific areas or labels to print information on the food, along with the date. Freezer containers or bags are usually transparent, so that it is easy to see what is in the bag. Large containers with convenient partitions are also available, with specific areas to store fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods. This helps in keeping food fresh for a longer period.