Flexible packaging is a container made of easily yielding materials that can change shape when filled or closed. Constructed using a combination of materials such as paper, plastic film, or foil, flexible packaging typically takes the form of a bag, lid, pouch, reel, roll stock, sachet, or sleeve. Flexible packaging is used for consumer and institutional products and industrial applications to protect, market, and distribute an array of products.
Industries that use flexible packaging the most include:
- Food (especially organic and gourmet types and also butter, margarine, bouillon cubes, sauce, snacks, and cheeses)
- Supplements, protein powders, and electrolyte mixes
- Home care products
- Pet food
Forecasters estimate the global flexible packaging industry to grow at an annual rate of 6.1% until 2029¹. Solving problems for consumers often drives product popularity, which is undoubtedly the case with flexible packaging. This blog will explore how flexible packaging solves five of those problems.
Problem 1: Consumers and Manufacturers Desire Increased Sustainability
Sustainability is a key driver of change in packaging. Manufacturers are facing pressure to meet long-term sustainability commitments from food and beverage companies, and some are introducing more post-consumer recycled content in packaging².
Brands find it challenging to stay within their budgets while also keeping up with sustainability initiatives and using packaging that can withstand temperature, humidity, and supply chain processes.
Flexible packaging uses fewer natural resources, less energy in manufacturing, and creates fewer greenhouse gas emissions³. One-and-a-half pounds of flexible plastic packages the same amount of beverage or liquid foods as 50 pounds of glass³. Producing a flexible food service pouch requires 75% less energy than making a metal can for the equivalent amount of product³.
Problem 2: Food Waste
40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste³.
Flexible packaging reduces this waste. The shelf life of cucumbers wrapped in flexible packaging expanded from three days to 14, and bananas had a prolonged shelf life of 15-35 days³.
Problem 3: Rising Costs Create Budgetary Concerns
Pricing increases and fluctuations pose challenges for company budgeting.
Flexible packaging can package the most product in the least packaging possible, which lowers product warehousing and shipping costs while maintaining and improving product protection.
Problem 4: Low-Quality Packaging
Poor quality packaging may not pass inspections and may not withstand the temperature, humidity, and supply chain process, leading to food decay and lost revenue.
SigmaQ uses only quality raw materials in its flexible packaging offerings. We specialize in producing absolute air-tightness with multiple seals in low, medium, and high velocity. We also offer customizations such as shape, product type, seal type, and accessories.