When it comes to frozen packaging, preserving the shelf life of the food items is the ultimate goal. Maintaining the integrity of the frozen foods, most importantly the temperature, is important for avoiding waste, keeping customers happy, and overall production success. In this blog we’re exploring the current packaging trends in frozen packaging, from grocery delivery to automation and more.
One of the biggest trends for 2020 is grocery delivery. Not even a year ago, this was mostly used by families and tech forward millennials who were comfortable with the technology. Now it is being used by people everywhere. It has made it possible for people with compromised immune systems or elderly people to conveniently get the food they need delivered to their door making our grocery stores safer.
The packaging industry has responded by providing packaging options that help the product make it through the grocery delivery stream. Some channels are using local delivery agents to pick up the product at the local store and hand deliver it (apps like Favor and Instacart). Other companies are using traditional ecommerce streams to get the product from the warehouse to the customer.
Either way, when it comes to packaging materials for frozen packaging in grocery delivery, consumers are concerned about cross-contamination and temperature. This is why pre-wrapped options are emerging to keep produce contactless. Cold pack options are also popular and effective. The goal is to extend the shelf life of the food making it easier for consumers to order in bulk.
Automation For Produce Packaging
When it comes to frozen food in the warehouse, automation is important. Equipment can be used to perform common actions, like carton filling, to help keep the produce contactless. It can also help for the mundane processes, such as applying labels and other packaging processes.
Automated equipment can also assist with the primary packaging processes, such as product handling, collating, and conveying; as well as the secondary packaging processes, such as inspection, crating, and weighing.
Choosing the Right Materials
Recyclable materials is naturally one of the top concerns we hear about when it comes to sustainability. There are many ways different packaging products available in the frozen aisle. But the bigger picture goes beyond the packaging materials.
Shelf life in the frozen aisle is extremely important. Food waste and all of the resources that go into bringing produce to consumers all affect the eco-footprint. It’s critical that the food stays fresh on the shelf and makes it home to the consumer.
Cold pack options are expansive. Depending on the product our distributors can recommend the right packaging solution, from protective packaging, to ecommerce packaging, as well as the equipment to make the process fast.