Plastic packaging in the food and drink sector
For years, food manufacturers and suppliers have been using plastic packaging materials to store their goods safely and effectively. However selecting the correct plastic can be challenging as not only does it need to prevent the risk of damaged goods but also comply to the latest FSA (Food Standards Authority) requirements.
To help you select the correct packaging for your food and drink products, we have complied a list of reasons you should consider wrapping your products in plastic.
1. Improve shelf-life
Durability is the first benefit that makes plastic a good option when it comes to food packaging. If kept in the right conditions, a plastic container can last a very long time. This then means it can be used and re-used over a period of time. The durability of plastic is a huge advantage when it comes to the transportation of foods. Since this material is easily sealed, it keeps the food fresh for a longer time and can makes it an excellent choice where you need to transport over long distances.
2. Reduce the risk of damaged goods
The flexibility of plastic packaging also provides a significant advantage in that these packages are not easily broken. They may easily bend or deform in certain circumstances but this also means that they will not easily break open and this keeps your food safe from contaminants and also ensures that you do not have spills.
3. Eliminate the dangers of contamination
As a packaging material, plastics also ensure that the quality of the foods stored is maintained. Due to its properties, contamination is kept at bay and nutrients in the foods remain intact. Also, the fact that plastic packaging is airtight ensures that not even air borne contamination of food can occur. This makes it an excellent choice when it comes to packaging long shelf life goods.
4. Retain the quality of your food & store your food effectively
The protective nature of plastic packages makes them ideal for storage of food under extreme conditions. If you live in areas that have extreme climatic conditions such as high or low humidity, very low or high temperatures and other such extremes, plastic packaging will ensure that your food retains freshness and quality for a longer period.
5. Securely wrap different sized products
Finally, plastic is a very dynamic material. It can be conveniently designed into many different shapes and sizes. You can easily identify products by simply looking at the shape or size of the packaging. Plastic packaging is also very good for children as they can be made to appear fun so as to encourage them to consume the healthy products that are packed within. Interesting shapes such as animals and fruits are examples of what would make the container more attractive and interesting and also easier to market.
Food Packaging Solutions
At Marpak we have been supplying food and drink suppliers throughout the UK with specialist Food Grade Polythene & DOLAV Liners. These food covers all meet and exceed BRC standards and can be used in the application, storage and distribution of food products.