Reducing Supply Chain Waste by Improving Plastic Food Packaging

Posted by Rob Helmke | Tuesday, September 10, 2013 0 Comments

We're always looking out for ways to improve not just our own packaging solutions, but the way that the plastics industry at large functions. You know that at PI, we always keep an eye out for illuminating new data, and a recent study out of Australia caught our attention.[1] This study explores food waste throughout the supply chain, and how plastic food packaging can reduce it—and here at PI, we have a few ideas of our own.

Supply Chain Food Waste

When it comes to food waste, households are the reigning champions, sending more than 2.5 million tons to the landfill every year. Households aren't the only major contributors, though. This new study shows that combined, the various stops in the supply chain—like food manufacturing, wholesale distribution and retail—add up to nearly 50 percent as much food waste each year. So what does this mean for the plastic food packaging companies?

Better Packaging Solutions, Less Waste

As the study notes, food waste in the supply chain is unavoidable to a certain extent, but that doesn't mean it can't be reduced. By refining designs, packaging companies can takes steps to cutting back on the amount of food that ends up destroyed, unused or otherwise wasted as it navigates the supply chain.

For example, plastic food packaging can be designed to improve the shelf life of food—this includes material choice, coloring and transparency, breathability, temperature control and other design concerns. Plastic food packaging solutions can also be made stronger, so that they withstand the rigors of transit, storage and distribution without damaging their contents.

A Custom Fit for Plastic Food Packaging

The secret to better plastic food packaging, it turns out, is one that we learned a long time ago at PI: A custom approach. We know all too well that the packaging solutions for one product may not apply to another, especially when it comes to perishable products like fresh foods. When we design packaging, we start from scratch to ensure that every package is the right fit for its specific purpose—by promoting this philosophy and taking it to the next level, we and other packaging companies can take a big step in the right direction when it comes to reducing food waste.

The Secrets of Successful Packaging

Topics: Custom Packaging, Design, Food Packaging, Plastics, Retail Packaging