3 Benefits of Food Protection Packaging

As a food producer, you will understand the importance and legal responsibilities of packaging your food safely. The integrity of food items and preserving their safe and fresh life lies deeper than the food itself. The packaging chosen must protect your product from the atmosphere, be strong enough when handled, and its structure must not be altered by the packaging itself. Protective Packaging Ltd takes a closer look.

Food safety concerns

Food packaging plays a critical role in food safety, with food distribution networks globalising, the demand for products with longer life expectancies increasing, how we package end products and food ingredients for retail, manufacturing, storage, and transport is critically important.  

The safety and integrity of food products are the major focus of packaging, followed by its ability to preserve its original condition for the maximum amount of time.

We look at the 3 main benefits that finding and using specific packaging for food protection and preservation offer. As well as the health and safety aspects of food protection that businesses must comply with, they are certainly looking to find packaging that offers an economical way to ensure that the product remains in good condition.

Food grade packaging specifically ensures that the product is not compromised by the elements in the packing materials. The packaging should specifically preserve and protect the contents.

Why foil based packaging is a good choice

Foil-based packaging including laminates with a foil layer are perfect to protect and preserve food items, by creating a sealed protective barrier that stops flavour and odours from escaping. Equally protecting the food quality deteriorating inside the packaging is the need to protect the contents from outside elements. 

Foil food barrier packaging is recognised as the perfect packaging to preserve and protect food. In fact, during tests, the foil was the only medium that scored top marks for protection against water vapour, gas and odour barrier, and water, and oil resistance. Aluminium foil packaging effectively stops atmospheric gases from passing through, which could help prolong the life of such products. The availability of bespoke and custom sizes for foil products is also useful. 

Whether manufacturers are looking for box bags, flat bags, liners, or laminates for small or bulk storage and transport, companies can offer foil barrier protection solutions in both off-the-shelf and custom sizes. 

So what are the benefits?

Residual moisture and oxygen levels are maintained

Barrier foil bags and sealed liners control and keep humidity below 40% by minimising the rate of water vapour ingress. Moisture variation and humidity can quickly spoil food. Using specific food-grade foil packaging reduces the rate at which this happens, preserving the quality and usable life of the product.

Avoids odour transfer and preserves the original colour of the product

Again, protecting food within foil barrier packaging removes the worry of external odours being transferred into the food, and also retains the foods own smell, taste, and colour. This protection ensures the product remains the same as manufactured far longer than other forms of packaging.

Removes the need for modified atmosphere warehousing

To preserve and protect food, temperature and atmosphere often must be consistent and controlled. However, using food-grade approved aluminium packaging reduces and can often entirely remove the need for expensive modified warehousing both for storage and transport of food products. 

Hermetically sealed food-grade foil packaging offers the utmost protection for food items. And not only that, but it is also easy to fill, easy to keep clean, and stacks and stores easily, making it a solid choice for any food manufacturer.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.