Which Food Packaging Keeps Your Food Fresh?

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Ineffective food packaging inevitably leads to a lack of freshness. However, when it comes to the type of packaging used, it's very much horses for courses. You wouldn't put fresh vegetables in a tin, just like you wouldn't wrap ice cream in cellophane. Therefore there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to preserving food.

As a result manufacturers and growers must take strides to ensure that they are meeting the demands of customers and produce. This is particularly true within the modern marketplace where people are increasingly looking for food that is packaged in recyclable or reusable packaging. This is due to the environmental damage that is caused by some non-biodegradable materials, including many plastic variants.

Essentially, the most important thing for most foods is that outside contaminants don't penetrate the packaging. This means that most, apart from fresh products, are entirely airtight. Oxygenating most forms of foodstuff can see it lose freshness quickly, which is why most producers favour complete coverage and a near vacuum environment.

The packaging also needs to be strong enough to counter all likely scenarios where damage could arise. With heavier or more delicate products, a thin layer of wrapping probably isn't going to provide sufficient strength. Equally, if the food doesn't have any kind of obvious form, such as soup or beans, you also need to find a container that will support it - which is why tins are particularly popular and have been for many years.

But you can't just package everything up in a tin. Apart from practicality, cost is another factor that manufacturers have to consider. Customers probably wouldn't be all that happy if the price of their cornflakes doubled because cardboard was replaced by a metal shell. The same is true of most biscuits and other such items. This is why it's so important that the freshness of food is counterbalanced by common sense and a clear understanding of what packaging works with which products.

The design therefore plays a huge part in the overall effectiveness of food packaging. If you can product something that is both aesthetically attractive to customers and manages to keep the produce fresh at the same time, you should be on to a winner. In the same regard, if you can ensure that the materials used are robust but can still be recycled, then you also open up new markets.

It's a juggling act for most manufacturers, but one which most are winning. Even in the past decade the way in which food is packaged has evolved. Packaging plants are more efficient, new materials have been developed and superior ways of maintaining or preserving products have been created. However, there are still traditions that are upheld and many age old techniques still in operation - including the aforementioned tins of soup and double packed cornflakes.

In essence, all food packaging keeps it fresh, however it simply achieves it in a different way for each product. What works for one product won't work for another. However, all companies adhere to convention and legislation to create packages that meet the requirements of their own produce and customers.

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Vincent Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. For standout food packaging, he recommends RPC Group, one of the UK's leading plastic packaging suppliers.

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This article was published on 2011/07/05