SQF (Safe Quality Food) is a food safety certification program. SQF provides a diligent system to manage food safety risks and provide safe products for use by companies in the food industry. This certification is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world. This allows your customers to have confidence in your food safety program and know that you have a careful food safety system in place. The program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and…
For years, packing products companies have run into difficulties when it comes to the question of packing and shipping meat. There is a plethora of benefits for both the consumer and the manufacturer in exploring the arena of packaging within the food industry. If one were to merely snapshot the volume of the fresh meat market alone, one would be astounded. According to reports, that one product accounts for approximately 4 billion pounds and $15 billion in sales annually. The packaging involved must take on several facets, including protection against contamination, ranging temperature levels and lighting. It also must provide an appealing, transparent package on which a label can be displayed. In an effort to extend the shelf life of meat, the industry looks to the development of new products to facilitate potential geographical sales, improve the ease of shipping, lower the cost of meat production on the environment and reinvigorate the product’s premium nature.
As consumer trends shift over time, there are some consistent factors that only continue to grow more popular among consumers.
One of the latest trend inspired a major groundswell of new packaging strategies meant to better appeal to user demands: transparent packaging. You’ve probably walked through the grocery store and noticed that more and more brands are switching to this crystalline packaging. Perhaps you, like throngs of others, tend to gravitate to this packaging. I know I tend to.
Wall Street Journal reported that many types of food packaging are being cleared up. Progressively, companies are taking the added time and effort to present their consumers with product packaging that will display the nature of the product: high-quality and healthy. After all, we want to be reassured that what we are putting into our bodies will do what it claims it will do, right?
According to a recent Ken Research report, the global beverage and food packaging market has been growing at a compound rate in the last half-decade of about 2.5 percent from 2008 to 2013. In the next few years, that number will continue to rise. By 2018, the market itself will see an increased pace of growth, at around 3.1 percent, creating an overall market value of $380 million. In particular, the rigid plastic segment is expected to post the largest overall gains at a growth rate of about 4.2 percent during the period. Paper and cardboard products will represent about 19 percent of the food packaging market by 2018.
Out of all of its various uses, there are some aspects of packaging that are less commonly noticed. One of the most pressing is packaging safety standards, which has several angles being addressed within the marketplace. One such concern is that of traceability and product safety. Food Production Daily reported smart packaging technology one solution featuring advances including radio-frequency identification. Citing the Active and Intelligence Packaging Industry Association, the news source found that demand for these containers in industries like food production will reach a total of about $3.5 billion by 2017.
Other industries, such as the bottling and beverage industry, are also jumping on board. A Michigan-based technology provider called eAgile, together with these industries, developed eSeal, a packaging technology expected to be used on food cartons, beverage bottles and similar containers. The expectation of eSeal is to promote and incorporate the following advances…