Food packaging comes in all sorts of varieties and uses many types of materials. Stand-up pouches, boxes, food containers and glass bottles are just some types of flexible and popular packaging commonly used around the world.
As we consider food packaging, several factors should be taken into account to ensure that the packaging is perfect for the food it’s intended for. Flexible packaging is one option that is growing increasingly popular for food storage, and packaging such as food bags is frequently used for storing snack foods, grains, frozen vegetables and even meat.
When choosing packaging for your business, it’s important that food packaging caters to the purpose of your product and is safe for use. There are certain priorities that manufacturers take into account when planning their food packaging.
Products requiring a long shelf-life should be well packaged, but the minimum shelf-life a product should have is also a consideration. The longer the expected shelf-life of a product, the stronger the packaging barrier needs to be, increasing the cost of packaging such a product. Moisture and oxygen are the two main reasons for food spoilage, and a good barrier protection keeps moisture and oxygen from coming into contact with the food so that the quality and longevity of the food product is increased. Barrier protection is mainly achieved through:
Thickness of the film
Packaging material used in making of the film
The number of layers used in making the bag
The barrier enhancing coatings and sealants used.
Style and Size of Packaging
If anyone asks for a food bag or a pouch, the question which comes to mind is what size will the bag be, or what will the packaging look like? Food bag packaging is available in a number of styles, colours, shapes and sizes, which are selected after considering a variety of factors:
The size and style of the package determines its functionality as well as its aesthetics. Different packaging is used based on the weight of the product, whereas the style of bag is usually based on the packaging needs of the products.
The style of packaging is often determined either by the types of style used by competitors, or the current most popular style. A functional and cost-effective packaging solution is the best choice, but a unique style is always preferred as it helps to differentiate your product from other products available, allowing your product to stand out.
Consider the Volume of Packaging
The volume of packaging plays a vital role in determining how cost-effective packaging is, as well as the cost of the actual product. The minimum packaging requirement, on the part of the manufacturer, is based on the size of the bag. Manufacturers should keep in mind the minimum volume factor when deciding on packaging structure.
Food packaging should be as simple as possible. Safety, cost-effectiveness and shelf appeal are all important factors to keep in mind when planning food packaging to produce packaging that is convenient for consumers and economical for your business.