Packaging manufacturers that make stock and custom food containers are tasked with creating food-safe products that protect the integrity of the food. Along with medical and pharmaceutical products, food requires some of the safest, most hygienic packaging available.
The perishable nature of food and the importance of keeping it protected from contamination necessitates clever, careful manufacturing, because a compromised package can tarnish the quality and safety of what’s inside.
A Tight Seal Matters
Locking, airtight stock and custom food containers aren’t just useful for preventing leaks and spills; they are critically important to avoiding unnecessary waste and contamination. About 25 percent of all food that’s purchased is eventually thrown away, and while spoilage is never completely preventable, better plastic packaging can definitely reduce that percentage.
For example, leftovers brought home from a restaurant in foam or paper packaging spoil faster than food sealed in an airtight plastic container. While restaurants may choose paper or foam as cheaper alternatives, newer and more cost-effective options in plastic stock food packaging are becoming increasingly popular. Developments by packaging manufacturers have even brought the price of custom food containers down over the years. Plastic containers keep air and bacteria out, preventing early spoilage.
Safety and Hygiene
Plastic packaging manufacturers also have to be mindful of making the packaging safe, secure, and hygienic enough to contain food. For example, not all types of plastics are appropriate for different types of food preparation. If made with the wrong material, a package could melt in the oven or microwave, or shatter too easily on impact.
Sustainability is also a major concern for packaging manufacturers, as disposable plastic food containers can potentially generate a large amount of waste. By making them out of highly recyclable materials like PET, they give the food a clear, strong, and airtight container without sacrificing sustainability.
The design of the container has just as big an impact on safety as the material used. For example, some custom food containers come equipped with tamper-evident security features, so consumers can see if the package has been opened before purchase. This makes it easier to protect against theft and tampering.
To learn more about these and the other unique demands of the food packaging industry, and how manufacturers meet these needs, contact Plastic Ingenuity.