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Buns, Dogs, & Burgers: Why can’t we all just get along?

Jun 21, 2021 4:16:00 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaged Food, Food Packaging, Flexible, Flexible Packaging, Flowwrapping, trends

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One of the great mysteries of our modern age is why hot dog and hamburger buns are always produced in packs of eight?” – unlike the products they are intended to hold. Truth is, when these products began mass production, and standards developed, there was no assumed link between buns and the meat that fills them.   

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The Many Faces of Flexibility: Lessons in Fresh Food Packaging

Mar 17, 2021 7:52:42 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Food Packaging, Flexible, Flexible Packaging, covid-19

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What did COVID-19 show us?  

COVID-19 had a deep and far-reaching impact on the fresh food industry. Social distancing and outbreaks at meat and poultry processing plants slowed production and caused mass shortages. As the pandemic drove restaurant closures, producers scrambled to redirect product originally meant for food service into retail distribution

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Get a longer shelf life for your clean label baked product with MAP

Mar 16, 2021 5:02:21 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging, MAP, flow wrapping, thermoforming, baking, clean label

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Consumers are becoming increasingly conscious of what they are putting in their bodies. Many food manufacturers have begun to reflect those concerns by reformulating recipes and releasing “clean” label products.

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2021 Bakery Packaging Trends: Lessons North American brands can learn from Europe

Mar 9, 2021 5:58:40 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaged Food, Food Packaging, Sustainability, Flexible, trends

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It’s the same in packaging as it is in fashion: What’s currently in vogue in Europe will make its way across the Atlantic in a few short years.

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What is the Difference Between Washdown Design and Sanitary Design?

Dec 1, 2020 12:37:09 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Packaging Machines, Food Packaging, sanitation, medical packaging, hygienic

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Washdown machine design and sanitary machine design are not the same.

And the design you need depends on what type of product you are packaging and its accompanying health and safety requirements.

Understanding the difference between the two designs will not only help guarantee your line passes inspection and the delivery of a safe product to consumers, but also can save you money on your machine purchase.

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Time to Protect Your Produce, Peace of Mind and Bottom Line!

May 12, 2020 1:43:48 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging, Sustainability, Flowwrapping, tray seal, MAP, packaging automation, thermoforming, covid-19, produce

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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. 

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Avoid Leakage! What You Need to Know about Seal Strength in Food Packaging

Mar 19, 2020 11:35:10 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Manufacturing, Packaging Machines, Packaging Materials, Food Packaging, seal integrity

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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.

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A Quick Guide for Food Packaging Methodologies

Mar 16, 2020 4:54:30 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Manufacturing, Plastic Packaging, Packaged Food, Food Packaging, Flowwrapping, vacuum seal, tray seal, C-Pak, MAP, skin packing, stretch seal

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There are several methods to package food. Which method is right for you?

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I’ll Take my Food to Go, in Convenient Sustainable Packaging! I’m a Millennial!

Feb 21, 2020 10:37:28 AM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Sustainability in Packaging, Food Packaging, Sustainability, Packaging, convenient, millennials

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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.

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How Environmental Responsibility Affects Food Manufacturing

Dec 19, 2019 12:22:53 PM / by Harpak-ULMA posted in Food Packaging, Greenhouse, Sustainability, Consumers, Waste, Recycle, Flexible, Environment, Green, Carbon Emissions

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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.

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