Our current situation has placed a strain on the fresh food supply chain. Issues like border restrictions and workforce shortages have caused increased delays in the fresh produce trade causing large shipment of fresh produce to sit for prolonged periods of time. From the time produce is picked on a farm to when it’s eaten there’s a race against time. The tried, tested, and accepted way of packaging produce in the U.S. is not to package it at all. Most fruits and vegetables make their way through the food chain in crates, totes, cartons or some sort of vessel for distribution. This method of transporting produce through the supply chain, from farm to table, can (and does) expose the produce to germs and spoilage, ultimately resulting in health risks and unnecessary waste.
Seal strength and integrity are important for food safety and shelf life. But, what factors make a strong seal?
Heat, time, and pressure. The perfect combination of these three factors is essential for strong seal integrity and strength in packaging. Maintaining seal integrity throughout the package’s life cycle is important to guarantee high product quality upon opening. For the consumer, there is nothing worse than buying a product, such as a delicious cut of steak, only to find out the product has spoiled because of a seal breakage. Obviously, that reflects poorly upon the meat company.
There are several methods to package food. Which method is right for you?
Millennials prefer eating out, ordering in, and snacking. They also want their food in convenient sustainable packaging.
Millennials are shifting the food market from home cooking to convenient snacking, prepared meals, carry-out, and delivery. Moreover, millennials want to eat food from establishments and brands that keep sustainability in mind. A combination of convenience-oriented eating and sustainability demands puts packaging in the spotlight.
Use sustainable and environmentally friendly packaging methods to decrease greenhouse emissions.
The packaging industry has put an emphasis on reducing waste, recycling and creating sustainable packaging solutions to limit greenhouse emissions, while recognizing the demands of consumers. Selecting recyclable materials, cutting down on waste and being efficient are ways packaging companies can make a difference in the environment. The current concern over our environment makes it the perfect time for your company to develop a carbon footprint plan.
Improve sanitation practices in food packaging to decrease overall costs associated with product recall and cross contamination issues.
Over the past few months several major companies in the food packaging industry have made headlines as a result of product recalls. Regardless of the cause of the contamination, this is an excellent reminder to examine the sanitation protocol of your facility, and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Effective sanitation is an area that all food processors must continually work to improve.