Damaged food containers with food dripping all over are the worst nightmare for all the folks ordering takeouts. Food containers play a significant role in the overall customer experience for all kinds of fast food chains.
Whether it’s takeouts or free time snacks, food packaging keeps the food secure, intact and safe from chemical, physical and environmental factors.
Read on to find out how to choose the right plastic food packaging boxes for your food business.
Types of Plastic Food Packaging
Plastics are used by most of the food and beverage industries for their packaging purposes. They help protect food from damage, offer food safety and extend the shelf life of products. Most of the major plastic resins used for packaging are recyclable.
Here’s a list of the most common types of plastic materials used:
- Copolymer Random and Copolymer Polypropylene
- Polyethylene Terephthalate (PETE or PET)
- High-density Polyethylene (HDPE)
- Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
- Low-density polyethylene (LDPE)
Factors to Consider While Choosing Plastic Food Packaging Boxes
1. Size, Shape, and Style:
Logistics, costs, ergonomics, and so much more depends on the kind of packaging shape and size you shortlist. Also, the plastic packaging’s texture and style should make it easier to handle and open. Rectangular-shaped containers like plastic tubs are the most commonly used shape, as it’s easier to transport and handle. They also help you reduce logistical expenses.
2. Food Safety:
All the plastic packaging boxes you use, whether it’s a dips’ container, ice cream container or food tray, should comply with the HACCP guidelines. This helps to maintain the quality of food throughout its shelf life and eliminates the possibility of food contamination.
3. Durability and Shelf Life:
Your plastic packaging product should be durable enough to resist damage from minor bumps and scratches in transit. It should also be able to protect the food inside from environmental factors such as moisture, light, and oxygen, thus prolonging its shelf life.
4. Branding and Marketing:
Plastic packaging is one of the biggest opportunities for branding and marketing. Don’t make the mistake of not capitalising on this opportunity. With the help of customised packaging and labelling, you can reach out to your customers very easily.
When customers head out to purchase products, your first chance to grab their attention is with the help of the customised packaging and labelling that helps you stand out from the competition on those shelves.
Need help in determining the right plastic packaging boxes for your products? Book an appointment with the experts at Piber Plastics. We offer all kinds of shapes and sizes of packaging solutions across different industries, whether it’s plastic tubs or cheese containers for the dairy industry or plastic takeout containers for fast food chains.