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Advantages of Custom Printed Zip Lock Bags for Frozen Food Manufacturers

Frozen foods usually do not require additional packaging for protection. Their frozen state is sufficient to protect them from damage during transport and storage. For this reason, the frozen food industry has traditionally relied on inexpensive packaging methods such as a simple polyethylene bag or a cardboard box. But things have been changing for good of late as more manufacturers are discovering the advantages of flexible food pouches in pill packaging and flexible food packaging. They have probably taken a clue from the retail industry which has been successfully using stand up bags for several years. The few frozen food manufacturers, who have dived into flexible food packaging, have reported very encouraging results.

Those who are in the packaging world for a long time are aware that stand up pouches are a relative newcomer. At the same time, they are quick to point out that this relative newcomer offers manufacturers more possibilities in marketing than traditional methods. Stand up pouches are made from several layers of aluminum and plastic. They offer a large surface area for advanced rotogravure printing – a printing technique which offers crisp, bold, and vibrant colors that immediately capture the attention of consumers.

Stand up pouches, as the name indicates, can stand on their own on store shelves. Pouches that come with hang holes can also be hung on hooks. This flexibility offers manufactures many options in retail. Today, large retail chains are not the only ones selling frozen foods. Some family grocery stores, discount stores, and drug stores are also into this business. Each of these stores has its own storage and selling needs. Flexible stand up pouches are versatile, and easily fulfill the unique requirements of these selling venues.

Custom printed stand up bags make things easier not only for manufacturers and sellers, but for end consumers as well. These pouches are a big boon to end-users or customers. Accessories like zip locks make these pouches resealable – which is a big selling point in itself. With custom printed zip lock pouches, a customer does not have to worry about storing half consumed products; they can reseal the package safely until next use. Modern customers appreciate this usability. They do not want to buy frozen vegetables in a packaging, and then hunt for another storage medium after they have opened the packet. Stand up pouches offer a clean way out – use what you need, and seal the package with a zip lock.

The frozen food industry is still in its initial phase of using stand up pouches with zip locks. The early adopters of these pouches are fast discovering that the advantages of using these locks are plenty, and the accompanying profits are anything but cold.


 

David Marinac

Written by David Marinac

What LEGO’s Sustainable Packaging Teaches Us About Overseas Innovation

Since 1949, children across the globe have fawned over tiny, plastic, interlocking bricks.

LEGOs are a not only a classic toy but a staple in many households. Many kids beg their parents to take them to the majestic LEGOLAND, an amusement park where all their wishes and dreams could come true.

Why Nestlé, Unilever & PepsiCo are Banning Oxo-degradable Plastic Packaging

Originally marketed as an eco-friendly packaging material, new evidence regarding the potentially negative impact of oxo-degradable plastics has led a number of companies and governments to restrict their use.

More than 150 companies and global organizations, including Nestlé, Unilever and PepsiCo, have recently endorsed a total ban on the material in light of its potentially negative environmental impact.

Oxo-degradable plastic packaging, which includes select plastic pouch bags, is often marketed as a solution to plastic pollution because it claims to degrade into harmless residues within a period ranging from a few months to several years. However, oxo-degradable plastics do not degrade into harmless residues, but instead, fragment into tiny shards of plastic that actually contribute to plastic pollution.

Often, consumers think that because a material is biodegradable, it can be composted or even littered on the ground, because, it is thought, the material will break down into nothing over time. This actually ends up leading to an increase in pollution, since consumers don’t end up recycling or repurposing the material, and misconceptions about how the plastic will degrade leads them to end up putting it back into landfills.

What is important to note in this case is that although oxo-degradable plastics are biodegradable, being biodegradable does not necessarily mean that a material is eco-friendly. Although these plastics do break down over time, the tiny pieces they break down into are still plastics that contribute to pollution — they do not degrade into nothing or into another usable substance.

For companies looking to make the switch to sustainable packaging, it is important to consider that sustainable packaging does not necessarily mean biodegradable packaging, and vice versa.

Why New FDA Guidelines Could Bring Big Changes to Pet Food Packaging

Today’s consumers are demanding transparency and accountability from all types of products, and pet food is no exception.

Greater scrutiny over pet food ingredients, and an increasing demand for responsibility, sustainability and complete transparency from pet food manufacturers is driving change within the industry. As the consumer demand for “clean” pet food labeling evolves as a major topic within the world of pet packaging, FDA guidelines are shifting.

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