Boxing food is no ordinary business: 4 mantras for packing material suppliers

by Pallavi on 25/01/2018
Today’s fast-paced lifestyle has made home deliveries, ready-to-eat meals, take-away, and pre-packed food an indispensable option when it comes to daily meals. Evidently, those dealing with food are demanding proper packing material to keep the product fresh and free from contamination for a long time. Packing material suppliers are at the forefront of the packaged food revolution where they ensure that the packing material they supply to food sellers is appropriate and of food-grade quality. After all, you cannot use the same plastic and cardboard to box food that is used for garments and electronics.

Packing material suppliers and food makers have at their disposal a variety of materials of different shapes, sizes, and technologies that they can use to pack food. The right knowledge goes a long way in satisfying customers and earning higher profits. Let’s see the essentials of food packing:

1. Protect the food – Keeping food fresh is the single most important thing in this business. But preventing contamination is what packing material suppliers need to keep in mind. Proper packaging can protect food from three major influences—biological, chemical, and physical. Packing material manufacturers have to ensure that the food does not react with the material. Plastic, if used, needs to be non-toxic, so that it does not affect the food’s taste.

Nowadays, two or more packing ingredients are combined to protect the food from leaking, insulation, freezing, and moisture retention. For instance, laminating the box with a UV-ray-reflecting sheet can help the product remain fresh for long and prevent growth of microorganisms. Foods like herbs, spices, and dried soups are enclosed in packets that are laminated with aluminium to remain free from moisture, heat, and air. In addition, the closure materials and sealants for the food packages also need to ensure minimal air permeability.

2. Extend the shelf life – Packing food for longer shelf-life involves the use of stiff and high-strength material. In the case of biscuits and candies, paperboard with corrugated materials help shielding the products from mechanical damage. For pickles, sauces, and liquid food items, glass bottles and metal containers have been used for centuries. These help protecting the food from all kinds of external factors. Polyolefin and polyester plastics are currently common in bottling water, juice, and milk among others. Tetrapack is a comparatively recent invention for aseptic packaging of milk, milk products, and juices.

3. Reuse to save the environment – Owing to increasing awareness that food packets impact the environment, durable packing materials are gaining preference. Plastic materials that are microwave-safe and resistant to heat are being used as bottles, boxes, and pouches for packing different solid, semi-solid, and liquid food items. Aluminium foils are another good alternative for packing food. These are reusable and longer lasting, helping sustain the quality of the product. A recent environmental drive has prompted companies to opt for innovative packing materials that are easily biodegradable and made from vegetable skins and mushrooms*.

4. Food that looks good, tastes good – Designing food packages with attractive colours and words help capture attention. Be it candies or juice boxes, pleasant packets sell faster. Add to this, a positive brand image also helps companies create a long-lasting impression on the consumers. As food manufacturers tend to rebrand their products every few seasons, packing material suppliers with the ability to customize packaging materials will be in high demand.

Amazon has numerous food manufacturers looking to partner with packing material suppliers for help them box, pouch, and bottle their products. Sellers in the platform can reach out to millions of customers on Amazon and star selling to businesses. You can make use of Amazon Business (B2B) Seller Program with your same seller account for this purpose. Register on the Amazon Seller Central, and build your dreams with every packing material you supply.

Sources: New York Times: Packaging Food With Food to Reduce Waste

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