Agricultural packaging has taken on a new level of importance considering that 54% of wasted food is lost during the production process, after-harvest treatment, and storage transportation. Discover more about five important agricultural packaging products from wholesale to retail.
It’s really important to understand the importance of agricultural packaging for your business for the short and long term. Packaging within the agricultural industry will help preserve and protect food. It will also save you money on shipping costs and will aid in product branding. Plus, utilizing the right agricultural packaging is essential in delivering the freshest, best-looking products to your customers.
1. Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers
Bulk bags are known as flexible intermediate bulk containers in the packaging world. They can be used to store and transport thousands of pounds of dry goods. Bulk bags made from woven polypropylene are also weather-resistant.
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Reasons to use flexible intermediate bulk containers may include:
- Increased shelf life for products
- Easy printing options for branding and food labeling
- Temperature control within packaging
- Low cost
Bulk bags are suitable for regional and international transport. They have become an industry standard for over a century. These flexible containers are affordable, durable, and reliable. As a result, products arrive in the best possible condition with minimal losses. They are the first type of packaging used for farm products in warehouses before they are distributed in smaller quantities and packages.
Once products are delivered in quantities of hundreds or thousands of pounds, they are repackaged for consumer distribution and use. Fiberboard is very versatile, has great stacking strength, and is low in the cost of production. Most vegetable packing materials are corrugated fiberboard, but they can also be made of wood, plastic, or Styrofoam, depending on any specific shipping and packaging needs. Corrugated fiberboard is recyclable with great strength when wet.
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The corrugated fiberboard has the possibility of being printed on, therefore, it’s also considered retail-ready. Corrugated fiberboard should usually be assembled just before use. Some packages might have to be assembled by a machine, but some can be assembled by hand–it’s really up to you and your preferences. Either way, this packaging method is very easy and can be done quickly. Plastic strapping can be used to hold corrugated boxes together.
3. Clamshell packaging
Clamshell packaging is very important for fruit. They provide ventilation through their perforation. Overall, there are three types of fruit packaging that provide superior ventilation:
Closed packaging, without holes— this is made from a very thin film. Through a disintegration process, it allowed gasses to slowly pass through it.
Micro-perforated packaging–this is packed with holes, and it allows carbon dioxide, water vapors, and oxygen to pass through it.
Macro-perforated packing–this is packed with large holes specifically for ventilation.
It’s really important to choose the right kind of flexible fruit packaging materials in order to ensure that the fruit remains fresh. The same goes for vegetable packaging. If you want your fresh products to remain fresh and ready for your consumers to eat, then you’re going to need to choose the right package.
4. What about dairy?
Dairy products are just as important as the produce. Most dairy packages have to meet standards, though, and there is a requirement to make sure that the products remain safe during transport and while on the shelves.
Temperature and Moisture
Dairy cartons have to be able to withstand certain temperatures and levels of moisture. It also needs to be able to block out UV rays and look good sitting on the shelves of your local grocery store. For some farmers, it also might be important that dairy cartons are BPA-free or that they are made from some kind of sustainable material. Regardless of what they’re made of, dairy cartons must be durable and resistant to freezing cold.
5. Stretch Film
Overwrap film remains one of the most popular packaging options out there because it’s easy to use and cheap. It is typically used to wrap things or to cover things, like cling wrap.
Large Scale Use
This packaging option costs very little and will allow customers to see inside the package before they buy it, which can encourage them to make the purchase. On a larger scale, stretch film is used to keep bulk packages on pallets together. Plus, this high-performance stretch film can stand up to a range of atmospheric conditions. Plastic strapping might also be added to pallet shipments for added security. These products can help to keep foods fresh and minimize losses during the shipment and storage processes.
From bulk shipments to retail packaging at grocery stores, the agricultural packaging being used is a major consideration for farm businesses. Choosing the proper packaging for your products can reduce losses, keep foods fresh, and make them more appealing to consumers.
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