The Flexible Packaging Blog

Reviews, trends, and tips covering all things flexible packaging to protect your products and your bottom line.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design | Food Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
July 16th, 2020

In the expansive universe of snack foods, there are many different packages available and used by thousands of snack food companies. Even for a seasoned veteran in the industry, it's clear that there is a vast sea of options for packaging snack foods.   It may feel almost impossible to understand every option available to snack food producers today. With a little homework, you can quickly educate yourself on the most popular packaging supplies for snacks in our modern world. From rigid forms of snack food packaging like paperboard tubes and cardboard boxes to alternatives like flexible pouches and shrink bags, there is a diverse abundance of packaging materials.   As a snack food packaging specialist, Industrial Packaging knows this niche market inside and out. Some of our largest customers exclusively sell snack foods. We have helped them run high-quality supply chains with ease and consistency for many years.   In this article, we will discuss some of the best types of snack food packaging, their applications, and their pros and cons. With this information, you will be able to choose the correct packaging for your snack foods.

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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection | Food Packaging | Warehousing

By: David Roberge
June 23rd, 2020

You know that strapping can be used to bundle products together, reinforce cartons, and to secure items to pallets for shipment. These strapping materials come in a variety of options, but how do you know which is best for your application? Your options can be filtered down into three primary categories: polypropylene(PP), polyester(PET), and steel.   Strapping materials are used primarily for bundling products together and securing pallet loads during transport and storage. When used for palletizing, it is often complemented with the additional security of stretch wrap. Being a market leader in supplying strapping materials to companies of all sizes, we've been able to help many brands overcome the challenges of securing your products from shipment to shelf.    You might find yourself with a lot of questions when trying to find the best strapping material for you.    Which type of strapping material is ideal for your application, and how does it function?    What is the difference between virgin and recycled strapping?    Find out how these materials work and which will be the best fit to optimize the security and unitizing of your products..

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design | Food Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
June 18th, 2020

Are you frustrated with not being able to understand the differences between skin and blister packaging? Don’t worry; it happens to many people.   Maybe you’re a purchasing agent needing to make the right decision on packaging materials. Perhaps you’re a small business owner getting ready to launch a new food product. Regardless of where you’re at in this process, we’re going to help you choose the proper packaging for your products.   Blister packaging and skin packs share some similarities in aesthetics, materials, and heat seal coating. And while they are both a good package solution, they are best suited for different applications. Skin packs are commonly used for packaging fish (such as smoked salmon fillets). Blister packs are more likely to house the fishing lure used to catch the fish!   Industrial Packaging has been selling blister packaging and skin packaging for many years. We talk to people daily who are searching for the correct type of packaging, and we help guide them to make the best decision for their business.   This article will explore the differences between skin packs and blister packs and look at the appropriate applications for each type of packaging.

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Packaging Materials | Shipping Protection | Food Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
June 9th, 2020

So, you are looking for a type of film, but you are confused about which type you actually need. While it is not uncommon to confuse stretch film with shrink film, they are not the same material. Stretch film and shrink film are made for very different applications and using one in the wrong application could lead to serious problems.   After such a long time in the packaging industry, Industrial Packaging often gets questions about shrink film and stretch film. One of the more common questions about these materials that we receive is: "What is the difference between shrink film and stretch film?"   One of these films can be used in a heat tunnel to package products. Doing that with the other could result in a fire. It is important to know the differences between these two materials when trying to source one or the other. In this article, we will explore the differences between both types of film and explain the appropriate applications for each.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design | Food Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
May 28th, 2020

In the wide world of carded packaging, surlyn film is a bit of a rock star. Surlyn film is used primarily in skin packaging applications, which means the film forms around the product and onto a carded substrate such as cardboard or paperboard during the packaging process. It is also used in shrink applications that don't require a backing board. Surlyn seals in products for freshness and eliminates product movement within, often used with trays rather than a backing board for fresh foods, like fish. Here at Industrial Packaging, we have been selling surlyn and skin packaging products for decades. During this time, we learned the best practices for its use in several types of applications. So, what is surlyn film, and how is it used? See where it is an excellent fit for different types of products, from food to car parts, and where it isn't the ideal packaging option. And learn about how to source it for your next packaging project.

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Packaging Materials | Packaging Design | Food Packaging

By: Nathan Dube
April 9th, 2020

When it comes to MAP or modified atmosphere packaging, there are some very unique dynamics that you do not find in other types of packaging supplies and processes. These elements include specialized equipment, various gasses and metering tools to ensure the right balance of gas. In the article below, we will teach all of the elements required for producing modified atmosphere packaging for your products.   Over the last 20 years, we’ve worked with many clients to set them up to properly produce MAP. Our goal with this article is to help you understand what you need to produce modified atmosphere packaging on your own.   Required elements for MAP include gas, machinery and testing equipment.