What are the functions of food packaging and packaging machines?
To be able to pack correctly and healthy foods, you need to know the advantages and functions of packaging. Food packaging is one of today’s most intensive industries. In todays time most foods are packed. Before crystal sugar was sold in sacks but now you can get them in 5gr stick packs. Ketchup mayonnaise used to be sold in the buckets today they come on 9-gram portion packages. Stick and sachet packages divide food products into single-serving portions. And food packaging is growing rapidly in both developed western countries and developing countries.
Why do we pack the food? What are the advantages of food packaging machine?
Packed Foods will have the following advantages we listed for you below:
Product Protection: Packaged foods must be protected from external influences. The first of these external factors is protection against bacteria and molds, while others are against crushing, protecting food against heat, moisture and pressure factors. Today, a stick pack of ketchup can be served as a single use to the customer without spoiling the aluminum barrier packaging. Or corn chips are delivered to the end customers which are being protected from crushing and breaking within the packages that are produced from the packaging machines. Packaging machines ensure that the food to be offered to the customer is being filled automatically in a package that is protected against physical external threats from the start.
This protects the product against external threats such as oxygen, water, moisture, steam and dust. It creates a barrier protection between products and external threats. In some products, oxygen or nitrogen flushing can be added into the packets to assure a longer shelf life of the product so that the product lasts longer.
Gathering Together: Food products need to be transported from place to place. In order to make this transport easier, it is necessary to bring the products together and filled in packages first. The transport process from the food factory continues until it arrives to the final end consumer or seller. Therefore, it is necessary to make the packaging in the required weight which is the most recent weights sold in the market. This can be a single-use sugar stick or a rice pack of 5 kg. Single use stick packs can be packed into another bag of 1000 pcs, then that 1000 pieces within the plastic bags placed into another box, these boxes into another shrink wrap. This way, transportation is easy and the purchased of the sticks is sold or purchased in bulk. The end consumer or buyer is the first person to touch the products with their hands. When thinking FOODS, liquids, powders and granulars should come to mind.
Informing the Customer: Information on how to consume food offered to the customer can be overwritten. In addition, information such as production date, expiration date, package weight and content of the food has to be informed to the customer on the packaging. This way the customer can make a healthier choice. Products that do not contain such information should not be consumed. Many local government authorities control products over these values written on the packaging. Today, on many packages this information is given to the customer and also offers a marketing function.
Marketing: Today there are many different brands that offer the same foods on the supermarket shelves. We have a lot of options. Food companies compete to be the customer’s choice. For this purpose, they make packaging designs that differ from their competitors to reach the targeted audience. And they want to present their packaging in a design that best reflects their brands. At this point, artistic differences such as color selection and design come into play. In addition, different packaging techniques such as doypack, quatro, stand-up packages also come into play. More than 20 years ago, all food products were offered in pillow packs, and today many different packaging techniques have been developed. An advantage of this competition. As Turpack, we can also pack the products in different weights ranging from 0.25 grams of black pepper to 5 kg. In addition, disposable products like sticks, sachets, containing liquids, powders, granulars. Many manufacturers are looking for packaging designs that are separated from their competitors and identified with the brand in order to reach the targeted audience. At this point, a more informed and impressive purchasing policy can be pursued to steer brands to a more green attitude.
Easy Consumption: Flexible Packaging packaged on packaging machines, sachet (square – four-sided package), stick (top-bottom and back-side fin seal), pillow package, quatro and gusset packages allow people to gain and consume quickly and easily in regards to todays fast moving life. Different types of packages vary according to the sector and requirement. Thanks to the use of these packages, the single portion or single use required for each product is made according to the consumers or end buyers given information. This way, the powders, liquids and granular products in single-use packets easily identify the need for a single portion. For example, stick ketchup, sachet ketchup, stick sugar, stick powdered coffee or sachet powdered food products such as food products are constantly encountered in our lives and can be easily consumed which provides the comfort of our lives as well. In this context, if we say that packaging machines are perhaps as important as food itself, we will probably not be mistaken.
When we say food packaging, we also talk about the products in liquid, granular and powder forms. The way these products are packaged varies according to each other. Let’s look at the headlines below,
Liquid Food Packaging: Some examples of liquid foods in packaging, especially water, milk, lemon sauce, honey, ketchup, tomato paste, mayonnaise, tahini, molasses, creamy chocolate and various sauces are some examples. Liquid packaging machines are used when packaging liquid type products. The filling units of these machines are designed to fill the curtain viscosity of the liquid. Some liquid products need to be filled hot. We can use the example of ketchup, tomato paste, honey and cream chocolate. Ketchup packaging machine, honey packaging machine, tomato paste packaging machine or cream chocolate products are being filled into the packets while keeping the products required temperature. Keeping the product warm to avoid it from cooling down and it gives the products an easier and faster filling into the packets. Stick packaging machine, sachet packing machine, pillow type packaging machine are the most preferred machines in liquid food packaging machines.
Granular and Granular Food Packaging: In the packaging industry, granular and free flowing products are examples of crystallized sugar, salt, gold coffee, pulses, nuts, rice, chips, tea products. These products easily fall into granular and free flowing filling system because these are products that can flow spontaneously without resistance to gravity. Filling of granular and free flowing products is done by volumetric or weighing dosing system. There are differences between the machines according to the package form and weight. For example, stick packaging machine, sachet packaging machine or pillow type packaging machine is preferred for crystalline granulated sugar, while pulses products are mostly preferred for pillow type packaging machine, pillow packing machines or doypack packaging machines.
In food packaging, we are able to carry out solutions for the filling and packaging of almost all forms of food products on our packaging machines which are manufactured on the basis of ISO9001 and European quality standards.