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What Is Food Packaging? Overview of Common Packaging Types Today

At present, the food industry is gradually developing constantly, leading to the development of the packaging industry. Packaging is an indispensable thing to protect the food inside from collisions during transportation. The following article will answer for you what food packaging is, the common types of food packaging available on the market.

1. What is food packaging?

The food industry always goes with the packaging industry, it can be said that they are an inseparable duo. So what exactly is food packaging? All foods in general need packaging to protect, more convenient in transportation from one place to another, from the factory to the store.
Not only can food packaging be seen as something that closes the gap between consumers and manufacturers. Because a beautiful, eye-catching food packaging design increases the purchase rate many times. The information printed on the product is also important for users to identify the type of food, ingredient or supplier.

Các loại bao bì khác nhau giúp bảo quản thực phẩm và vận chuyển từ nơi này đến nơi khác

Different types of packaging help to preserve food and transport it from one place to another



Therefore, packaging is also considered as a tool for businesses to promote their food, helping products to attract customers’ eyes more than similar products on the shelves. Food packaging is also the art of persuasion without words, from here users can clearly see the value of the product that the business brings.


2. Classification of food packaging according to current common materials

2.1. Wooden packaging

Wooden packaging is used a lot in the process of transporting food, they are often used to pack goods in large quantities. Wood is a material that is easy to exploit, has relatively high durability, can be recovered and reused when needed. Therefore, wooden packaging is very convenient, helping businesses save production costs.
But besides the advantages, this type of packaging also has certain limitations, such as heavy weight, flammable and will be damaged by fungi and termites.

2.2. Metal packaging

Unlike wood, metal can overcome the destructive state of mold, rats and termites. However, packaging for food made of metal has a relatively high cost and heavy weight. Besides, they are often used to preserve some special goods such as flammable, explosive, volatile, liquid food,… In addition, businesses can also reuse these types of goods. This packaging many times, help save costs, protect the environment.

Các dạng bao bì bằng kim loại thường được dùng để chứa đồ uống hoặc thực phẩm dạng lỏng
Metallic packaging is often used to store liquid foods or beverages

2.3. Paper, carton and paperboard packaging

Of all the types of food packaging, paper, carton or paperboard packaging is the most popular. They account for more than 70% of the total used packaging on the market today. This type of material has the following properties: easy to fold, print information, resistant to germs and bacteria, non-toxic, and can be recovered and recycled to use for other goods.

2.4. Glass and ceramic packaging

There are some typical foods that are usually packaged in glass or ceramic packaging, such as beverages, soft drinks, liquid foods, etc. Due to their non-reactive properties with goods metal and ceramic packaging is very safe for the preservation process. However, they are quite fragile items during vibration and transportation.

2.5. Textile packaging

Textile packaging is mainly produced from jute, cloth, hemp and nylon fibers. The property of this material is soft, easy to use and is often used to store various grain foods. However, the packaging of textiles is very susceptible to dirt and insects, affecting the quality of the food inside.

2.6. Packaging made of rattan, bamboo, woven bamboo

With available materials, packaging made of rattan, bamboo or woven cork is very easy to produce. Thanks to their toughness, they are often found with different shapes from baskets, baskets to baskets and baskets. This type is often used in the process of transporting vegetables, fruits and some other agricultural products.

Bao bì bằng mây, tre, nứa thường dưới dạng đan thành giỏ, lẵng hay thúng, rổ
Packaging made of rattan, bamboo and bamboo is usually in the form of woven baskets, baskets or baskets

2.7. Packaging made of man-made materials

As the name suggests, packaging made of artificial materials is manufactured in the industrial process, usually it will be hard plastic packaging, polymers, plastic films, artificial rubber, etc. This type of packaging is also very popular. It is widely used in the transportation and preservation of food. They go alone but can also be combined with many other materials to create complete packaging.

In addition, there are several types of frozen food packaging manufactured from special materials such as PET/PE, PET/MPET/PE, PA/PE, OPP/MCPP, etc.

3. Functions of different types of food packaging

3.1. Contain and preserve products

Normally, when manufactured, goods in general and food in particular must have packaging to contain or transport. Therefore, the first function of food packaging is to transport goods from the place of production to the customer.
Since ancient times, people have known to use many different materials such as leaves, bark, pottery to store food and transport from one place to another. Although today’s packaging has developed with many different forms, this function remains unchanged.

Bao bì bên ngoài nhằm chứa đựng, bảo quản thực phẩm bên trong 

The outer packaging is intended to contain and preserve the food inside



In addition, all types of packaging help products to avoid adverse effects from the environment, preserve as well as limit loss during transportation. Factors from climate, mold, insects can greatly affect the quality of food, so packaging is an effective protection tool.


3.2. Identify information on food packaging

By printing food packaging, users can identify the necessary information about the goods. In addition, the types of packaging not only stop at providing information but also used to distinguish different types of goods and suppliers. This makes it easier for customers to choose to buy.
It is thanks to the various colors of the design on the packaging that businesses make a different impression on consumers. You probably also have a few times to buy food packaging, not because of the product inside.
In addition, information on the packaging is also regulated by law, for example, instructions for use, time of use, time of manufacture, code of the package, preventive conditions (protection from sunlight, rain, etc.) , fragile),…

3.3. Commercial function

Regardless of the type of food, the outer packaging also helps to attract, bring interest and curiosity to customers. They act as an effective advertising medium, directly influencing the purchasing ability of many consumers.

Thiết kế bên ngoài đẹp khiến cho thương hiệu tiếp cận gần hơn với khách hàng

Beautiful exterior design makes the brand approach closer to customers



Therefore, many brands and companies have spared no effort to invest in external packaging to promote products in a “personalized” manner. External beauty is a huge advantage, especially in a supermarket environment where different types of products are placed next to each other. At this point, if a brand doesn’t have an impressive packaging that has a strong enough impact on the eyes, customers can definitely ignore that type of goods immediately.


4. Standard food packaging production process

To make a standard packaging product, food packaging manufacturers have to go through many different processes. And the production process of each type of packaging is not exactly the same because they depend on the material, but in general, the process of producing food packaging is common:

Quy trình sản xuất bao bì phải trải qua nhiều giai đoạn khác nhau
The production process has to go through many different stages

The process of making common food packaging

  • Gravure printing: This is the process of printing packages with thin film materials in rolls. This process can take place continuously with many different colors at the request of the customer.
  • Lamination: Plastic, aluminum or paper are often laminated instead of gravure printing.
  • Roll division: In this step, the manufacturing plants will divide the rolls by quantity, which makes delivery and inspection easy. The different sizes of each type of packaging are also clearly classified.
  • Packaging: After completing all the food packaging processes, from printing, designing to producing finished products, they are finally packed and delivered to customers..

It can be said that food packaging plays an important and indispensable role in preserving, transporting and performing commercial functions to customers. Hopefully the above information of Hung Phat plastic packaging can help you understand more about the types of packaging available on the market today..

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