Packaging Materials

Overview

Over the past few years, packaging supplies have become an integral component of purchases – typically, purchases of perishable items such as food products.

Food grade pouch packaging products are used with the intention of storing and transporting the products. This means that the package boxes, pouches, or containers should not only carry the product but also protect and store it.

PakCo produces many different kinds of package supplies, including but not limited to: the Doypack pouches (also known as stand-up pouch packages), mylar bags, pillow bags, flat bags, heat-seal packages, box-bottom packages, and more!

These packages are produced using a variety of materials. Let’s explore.

Plastics

The most significant benefit of plastics is that they are malleable and can therefore be molded into the desired shape.

Moreover, this organic polymeric material is versatile and lightweight and has been a mainstay in food packaging for several decades.

Plastic packaging products protect food items from contamination and offer sufficient mechanical sturdiness.

Conventional packaging materials have been replaced by plastic, owing to the latter’s low energy consumption and cost. Besides, plastic protects and preserves food products for longer, thereby minimizing the requirement for preservatives.

Metals

This is a broad category and includes tin, foil, and aluminum, with aluminum being the most popular packaging choice. The recyclable foil pouch packaging process at PakCo uses aluminum to form the foil. Being opaque, aluminum is an excellent option for storing food which is light-sensitive.

Aluminum’s lightness, recycling capacity, and low cost make it highly popular as a packaging material. Alongside packaging, aluminum can even be found in laminates and wraps, and bottle closures.

Aluminum acts as a barrier in the same way as steel does, but it also has the added benefit of being corrosion-resistant.

Laminated aluminum layers are used to form the foil on the foil pouch packages. Being highly flexible, aluminum allows the protection and preservation of food within domestic settings.

Liquids, including beverages and protein shakes, can be easily stored in thin-walled cans made of aluminum. Wide-walled cans, on the other hand, are more suited for steam sterilization.

Tins are used to make cans, coated with steel sheets. This is a protective measure taken to prevent steel corrosion, especially when the can is containing an acidic product (Ph level below seven).

Glass

An inert material, glass is impermeable to vapors and gases. It is an entirely neutral oxygen barrier while coming into contact with any food items. The downside, though, is that glass is heavy and fragile, and its manufacturing consumes a lot of energy.

Even though glass is found abundantly throughout the world, it is non-renewable. However, it is recyclable and can be repeatedly used as a container.

Glass package supply is mainly used for containing juices, wine, soft drinks, and baby products.

The most common type of glass container is a bottle. Other types include jars, ampoules, and glasses. Due to the possibility of breakage, glass is not used to store frozen items.

Wood, Papers, and Cardboards

Cardboard and papers are wood-derived, popular packaging products.

Paper does not cost or weight much, and its printing capacity makes it an excellent candidate for use in designing custom Doypacks and other customizable packaging.

Even though paper is sensitive to moisture, this can be rectified by combining it with materials like paraffin or plastic.

Cardboard is created using superimposed paper layers, which makes cardboard harder and more resistant than paper. Cardboard package boxes are commonly used in various industries.

"I liked them because they are strong, do the job, and what I need for my company and they arrived on time."

Conclusion

Evolving packaging techniques have transformed manufacturing, purchase, and distribution processes for both consumers and businesses.

It is essential to carefully choose the packaging material, factoring in things like storage conditions and transport circumstances to which your product will be subjected.

If you are unaware of the best suitable packaging for your product – reach out to us at PakCo.

Email the team at PakCo at orders@pakco.com.au. Or speak to us by calling: (03) 9751 7977.

Find out more about our food and product packaging services through our other articles below:

Doypack packaging

Pouch packaging Australia

Powder and supplements packaging

Liquids, bottles and gel packaging

Pillow bag packaging

Box bottom packaging

Heat seal packaging

Flat bag packaging

Fabric packaging bags

Mylar bag packaging

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