If you work in the prepared food industry, you already know that delivering ingredients comes with a unique set of challenges. Before you decide on a particular packaging solution, consider these points.
First and Foremost, Quality
Your customers want to receive food products from you that are safe to consume and of the highest quality. That’s why preserving the safety and integrity of the food items you package is of the utmost importance.
Keep Foods Fresh
Maintaining the freshness of the ingredients you deliver is key to your customers’ satisfaction with your service. Any food-safe packaging needs to maintain the freshness of its contents; you can be sure that your reputation and brand image depend on the packaging you select. Every business that delivers pre-portioned foods to consumers, including recipe-based kits that are ready to prepare, needs to find a way to keep foods fresh.
Dry Food Packaging
Food packaging types vary between dry and wet foods. Examples of dry foods your business may deliver include grains, beans, lentils, nuts, baking supplies (such as flour and sugar), spices, dried fruits, uncooked pastas, breads, cookies, and more. These items have to be carefully packaged so that they won’t accidentally come into contact with moisture. If they do get wet, they’ll degrade or become completely unusable.
Your food packaging solutions for dry foods also need to prevent spillage; a tiny puncture in the flour bag, for example, can create a big mess. The food-grade packaging you choose also has to keep cookies, crackers, and croutons from crumbling, and dry pastas from snapping into unappealing bits.
Along with delivering dry foods, your business likely provides wet foods and recipe ingredients. These may include wet pastas, fresh produce, pre-cooked rice, a variety of sauces, relishes, and many other possibilities. These items need to be packaged carefully to prevent spillage and to preserve integrity and texture. Items that bruise easily, like whole tomatoes, avocados, peaches, bananas, and many other types of fruit, need careful packaging to prevent damage.
Consider the Environmental Impact
As you think about what types of packaging to use for food products, keep in mind the environmental impact. Packaging that’s less bulky and more efficient means less waste. Food packaging made from biodegradable materials is another option to consider. The good news is that many environmentally-friendly solutions are cost-effective, too.
Ease of Use for the Consumer
As you evaluate your food packaging options, remember to consider convenience for your customers. What packaging features will improve the experience? Easy-to-read instructions printed directly on the packaging will avoid confusion regarding what’s inside or how to prepare a recipe. Your customers may want nutritional information included as well. Ideally, you’ll want to use packaging that protects food but is easy to open, especially if any of your customers are elderly or are recovering from illness or medical procedures.
Packaging Solutions for You
At Pack-It Hub, we specialize in industry-leading food packaging solutions for businesses of all sizes. We can customize your package design to maintain the highest level of quality of your ingredients and make your brand stand out. Contact us today to discuss your product packaging needs.