8 Things Every Food Manufacturer Needs to Know About Plastic Packaging
The food industry is rapidly expanding, both via physical retail outlets as well as online e-commerce websites. The rapid expansion of the food industry calls for an added focus on the type and composition of the food packaging bags. Packaging plays a crucial role when it comes to product quality and customer perception especially in the food industry.
Plastic packaging has always been the most preferable packaging option despite there being many different options and materials that you can use to package food. This popularity can be attributed to the wide variety of benefits plastic packaging offers to manufacturers.
Following are a list of benefits plastic food packaging has to offer:
Plastic packaging is very flexible and adaptable, allowing manufacturers to customize its shape, size and style as per their requirements.
Plastic packaging is extremely durable as well as allowing manufacturers to create various different eye-catching, high-quality designs and prints on it, which automatically increases product visibility.
The composition of plastic ensures it survives in extreme environments. This means plastic packaging doesn’t degrade easily upon exposure to extreme temperatures which makes it ideal to preserve the integrity of the beverage and food it packages. It also protects its contents products from spoilage due to exposure to moisture, oxygen, dust, light and odours.
Since plastic is a highly durable material, plastic packaging helps food manufacturers ensure its contents are well preserved at all times. This, in turn, helps preserve food products during transportation, thus avoiding losses due to wastage of inventory.
Plastic packaging is highly economical packaging option and can be used by a variety of industries, irrespective of their size and stature. This is especially beneficial to small-scale product manufacturers as they can avail standardized packaging options in spite of their low budgets.
Plastic packaging is light-weight and doesn’t require a lot of storage space either. This also makes them extremely easy to transport, which allows manufacturers to pick cost-effective shipping solutions too. Thus, reducing the overall company’s carbon footprint.
Plastic can be moulded to suit any form and function. This allows manufacturers to reuse and recycle plastic, thereby conserving resources and energy. In fact, a study conducted by United States EPA discovered that plastic bags consume 40% less production energy and generate 80% less solid waste than paper. This study also discovered that a pound of plastic requires 91% less energy to recycle as compared to the paper of same weight.
Plastic packaging is not only cost-effective but also allows food manufacturers to ensure that they meet the various food-related safety rules, laws and regulations set by the governing bodies by simply picking food-safe plastic packaging.
Apart from the various benefits, plastic packaging has to offer, it has also gained its immense popularity as it is extremely viable and safe to produce. A recent life-cycle study conducted to measure the overall impact of producing plastic packaging in comparison to the other options available in the market shows that the alternative packaging material took up about 4.4 times as much weight after manufacturing had completed. In fact, the manufacturing process on its own used twice the amount of energy used to create plastic. This only goes to show that the nature of plastic, the production process as well as its life cycle have significantly improved over the years.
So, there you have it – all the reasons you need to make the shift to plastic packaging right away!
Mohan Naik oversees the digital marketing for XL plastics, a leading name in the field of plastic converting machinery. On a mission to help entrepreneurs make a high quality choice that delivers value, Mohan efficiently turns even the most technical topics into interesting and engaging content that even a layman can comprehend. He writes to educate his audience and skillfully uses marketing to incite interest even in the most passive of readers. He stays updated with the latest trends and innovations in the industry and is quick to share that with his readers.