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Shrinkwrap in the Food Packaging Industry

The food packaging industry continues to evolve, and with this change, there is a need to use more lightweight, environmentally friendly and sustainable packaging solutions like shrinkwrap. Shrinkwrapping is a cost-effective plastic packaging technology that has enabled companies to promote food sustainability. 

When properly applied, shrink wrap film creates an airtight seal that protects food by ensuring a reduced risk of contamination and keeping it free from external impurities like dust, moisture and air. Additionally, new generations of shrink wrap materials are helping firms minimize packaging expenses, extend the shelf life of their products, improve their display quality and reduce food waste before products reach the consumer.

Why is shrinkwrap so useful for food packaging?

Shrinkwrapping has been widely adopted in the food industry because it represents a clean and safe packaging application. When it comes to sustainable food packaging, not all shrink films are equal. Polyolefin shrink film provides the best packaging alternative for food industries. It is the most efficient form of shrink film used in covering food while also ensuring its protection during transit and storage.

There are numerous options of environmentally responsible shrinkwrap supplies and materials available in the market, including compostable shrinkwrap alternatives such as sugarcane polyolefin and cellulose polyolefin. Cellulose polyolefin contains up to 51% renewable material and can be used extensively for packaging in various industries.

The benefits of shrinkwrapping food/ foodstuffs/ perishable goods

Shrinkwrap technology is safe for direct food contact, making it the most suitable option for packaging food and beverages. Food companies prefer polyolefin shrink film to PVC because of its versatility and better environmental credentials. There are numerous benefits associated with using polyolefin shrink film to package food. 

Safe and secure packaging solution

When food companies package food products using shrinkwrap, oxygen is prevented from entering the food. This helps increase the product shelf life by significantly reducing the likelihood of contamination and restricting the biological processes that lead to spoilage. 

Food may be exposed to external pollutants like dust, moisture and other substances during production and transportation. The contamination may render the food unfit for human consumption and cause great loss to companies. Using the polyolefin shrink film material to cover the food prevents it from coming into contact with such pollutants, preventing food waste. In effect, this packaging solution helps food industries minimize food waste and promote food sustainability. 

Polyolefin shrinkwrap represents an economical packaging solution that keeps food products and perishable goods safe and secure.

Food presentation and aesthetics

There is a lot of competition in the food industry and food companies are always looking for ways to present their products in the most appealing ways. Food companies that incorporate shrinkwrap material into their packaging systems give their products the best aesthetics, presentation and visibility. This is because customers can see the products inside the packaging. 

Food industry experts aim to benefit from the ultra-high visual clarity characteristic provided by shrink film through the proper application using shrinkwrap machinery in production lines. Regardless of the product being packaged, food companies can count on shrink film to give great visual impacts and protective qualities too.

Shrink film is durable and versatile

Polyolefin shrinkwrap has a higher tear resistance and tensile strength than other shrink films. It is a superior alternative for packaging items with corners or odd shapes in this regard. During packaging, it evenly shrinks around the product, and with the help of a heating machine, it perfectly contours to the product dimensions. This is great for irregular shaped items, as well as delicate products that need to be protected. 

Proper packaging machinery enables food producers to minimize the time and energy spent on packaging, thereby optimising their operations. Additionally, the flexibility and ultra-thin properties of shrinkwrap make it less bulky and heavy compared to other packaging solutions such as cardboard boxes. Shrinkwrap allows food producers, logistics companies and retail settings to maximize product storage spaces, whether in warehouses or store shelves. It also provides tamper-proof protection during the transit of products from one location to the next.

Recyclable and environmentally friendly

There are many concerns about using sustainable and eco-friendly packaging solutions in the world today. These concerns have led industries to find alternative packaging materials like shrinkwrap that meet said requirements. Some shrink film materials are recyclable and there are several eco-friendly shrink wrap options available in the market. They include bio-sourced, recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable shrink films. Compostable shrinkwrap like sugarcane polyolefin decomposes at the end of their useful life, which is great for reducing packaging waste that ends up in landfill.

Shrinkwrap technology has been around for quite some time, and shrinkwrap packaging solutions are getting better and more eco-friendly too. By using eco-friendly materials and efficient packaging machinery for shrink films, companies can minimize production costs and optimize their business operations. Shrink film materials provide the food industry with an adaptable food packaging system that can have far reaching benefits for companies, consumers and the environment. 

There is a great deal of information on different packaging options, so contact a specialist company like Kempner for more information on the best shrinkwrap solution for food products.

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