When it comes to bakery packaging, preserving the shelf life of the food items is the ultimate goal. Maintaining the integrity of the bakery foods, most importantly the consistency and quality, is important for avoiding waste, keeping customers happy, and overall production success. In this blog we’re exploring the current packaging trends in bakery packaging, from sustainability to automation and more.
One of the biggest trends for 2021 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 bakery packaging in grocery delivery, consumers are concerned about cross-contamination and integrity of the product. This is why pre-wrapped options are emerging to keep the food contactless. Some products are especially vulnerable, like bread. This is where the operator training is necessary.
Automation For Bakery Packaging
When it comes to bakery food in the distribution center, automation is important. Equipment can be used to perform common actions, like opening and filling bags, which also helps to keep the food contactless. Automation options are also helpful 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 bakery packaging. But the bigger picture goes beyond the packaging materials.
Shelf life in bakery packaging 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.
Bags and other flexible options are very popular for bakery products. It is easy to accommodate awkward shapes and sizes that are common in bakery packaging.