Packaging for fresh produce
Produce packaging can result in a lot of food waste for both B2B and retailer-to-consumer. It is important to get this right the first time.
For B2B, your fresh produce packaging should keep food fresh, give physical protection, ensure on-time ripening (where necessary) and control any contamination from germs or bacteria. Paper bags, reusable wood fibre trays and high-density polyethene bags are often used, along with packaging and distribution technologies that keeps produce fresh.
Retailer-to-consumer packaging needs to balance the needs of both the retailer and customer, whilst reducing food (and packaging) waste. Packaging for fresh produce needs to convey freshness, offer product information, aid temperature control and be air-tight, all whilst having an eye-catching design to stand out.
Go green with your packaging
More than five million tonnes of plastic is used in the UK every year, and half of this plastic comes from packaging. Additionally, the UK government is introducing a plastic tax in 2022 in order to reduce the amount of plastic used.
Material such as corrugated cardboard, reusable or biodegradable polythene is a great way forward. You should also look at cost-effective and sustainable methods of transport as well.
Size does matter…
If you’ve got a range of products in different sizes, or you offer deals where people can order multiple products, you should consider the size boxes you need. It isn’t always cost-effective to get four or five different size boxes - especially if you can get two or three boxes in different sizes that will work. It also means you’re not sitting on lots of different packaging products, which can take up space.
Think about the packaging process
You should optimise your packaging process as much as possible, in order to minimise delays and enhance productivity. If you’re able to quickly get your products shipped, customers will be satisfied. There are a number of ways you can speed up your packaging process, from looking at optimising your pack benches to ensure they work effectively without wasting time to incorporating automation into your business.
You may need to give your employees training so that they can properly package products, ensuring the correct size is chosen each time and that every package leaving the warehouse is consistent with how it is packed. For example, if you wrap your items in tissue paper or want leaflets or cutouts in every parcel, or you want a label to sit on a specific part of the box, training should make this clear.
For companies with hundreds of products, knowing where to begin can be quite difficult, so it’s worth speaking to packaging consultancies such as Titan.
We’re perfectly placed to help manage the transition of packaging product(s) or processes, provide packaging training to employees and revolutionise the process through automation and more.