In the world of snack foods, you have different packaging that’s available and used by thousands of companies. But even for seasoned veterans, it’s not clear which is the best in the sea of options. It might feel impossible to understand every option, but here, we’ll go over the best snack food packaging options, and of course whether or not it may work for you. We’ll also talk about the best applications for each of these along with the pros and cons too.
Flexible pouches or standup pouches are a collection of different types of containers that are made out of foils and plastic, and they’re a bagging that’s used in granola, or even juice, such as capri sun. They are versatile, and can be used for both food and liquids, and that’s one of the benefits of them. They stand up naturally on the shelves too, and they can be sealed up as well when you’re done with it but it isn’t empty.
They are resealable, and can be used for thousands of items and they have a very low carbon footprint. They also have zero wrap rage, which is the emotional feeling that comes from packaging which is difficult to remove or open, and this can be a benefit in many cases.
The downside? Despite the low carbon footprint, they aren’t easy to recycle, and they can take up to a millennium to degrade, and it doesn’t really work for foods that are going to be extreme in temperature. They’re also not viable for luxury packaging.
Then there are paperboard boxes, which of course, are paper boxes. You see this for pasta and grains. They’re very easy to source, and you can put a variety of different graphics on there. They’re also super easy to recycle, and they can be resealable, and again, very easy to pen.
The downside to paperboard is they’re more expensive, and the footprint is much higher. They also, despite being recyclable, can fill up landfills and contaminate. They also generate methane in there too, which is harmful to the environment. Either way, it’s pretty bad for everyone.
Hard plastic containers are another popular one. These are great not just to keep the freshness in, but they also can be easily recyclable, sturdy, and are also very easy to open. They re resealable too, so you can use this for a variety of options too.
But there are cons too. They are costly, they have a much higher carbon footprint than the others, and of course, while they are recyclable, they’re oftentimes still in landfills. They’re also expensive too especially when shipping, so if you work with shipping, you may want something else that’s a little different, and more friendly to you as well.
Ultimately, you should look at all of these options, and of course see for yourself what will work for you. There are a lot of great options out there, and these are just the main ones, but you can decide for yourself which is right for you.