Food packaging is essential in protecting your product from contamination, ensuring it is safe for the public to consume. Paramount Packaging, leaders in packaging solutions, outlines the most popular types of food packaging materials.
Plastic, which is one of the most popular materials for food packaging, is made from various polymer-based materials. These include High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), Medium Density Polyethylene (MDPE), Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) , poly carbonate (PC) and many more. Plastic packaging offers several benefits including:
- Protection from contamination and damage from insects, moisture, and light.
- Longer preservation of stored products.
- Less wastage as products are well-protected.
- Easier transporting of food products over long periods of time and distances.
The two main categories of plastics for food packaging are thermosets and thermoplastics. Thermosets are not suitable for food packaging as they are non-reformable and solidify upon heating. Thermoplastics, on the other hand, are perfect for food packaging as they soften when exposed to heat.
As you may have guessed, paper is one of the oldest packaging materials used since the 17th century. It is mostly used to store dry foods and when treated with wax or coating, it can also hold wet foods. Some of the popular types of paper used in food packaging include:
- Kraft paper
- Sulphite paper
- Greaseproof paper
- Parchment paper
Glass has been one of the most reliable, popular, and safe materials used for food packaging. It offers several benefits such as heat treatability, transparency, strength, resistance to tampering, and chemical proprietary that allows for safety and preservation.
Shelf life of different packaging materials
Plastic: Reports suggest that barrier plastic offers a shelf life of 18 months without the use of preservatives.
Glass: Glass packing can be used multiple times and their shelf life can range from months to years.
For more information on the various food packaging materials and their benefits, contact Paramount Packing today!