Anyone walking through their local grocery store any time over the past decade can attest to an increase in the availability and sheer number of organic and natural food choices—and industry numbers back it up. In 2016, the Organic Trade Association reported an 11% year over year increase in organic food sales, translating to record sales of $43.3 billion. With the natural food market projected to grow at an annual rate of 3%, food companies must consider how they will meet consumer expectations.
Shrink-wrapped trays provide product manufacturers with a number of functional benefits that enable cost-effective distribution throughout the supply chain. Watch the video to learn more.
Beyond the cost savings and customer use benefits, incorporating shrink wrapped trays into your secondary packaging strategy provides a ranges of incremental benefits that need to be accounted for when manufacturers justify their equipment purchase. Watch the video to learn more.
The snack food industry tends to be at the forefront of product design/marketing and primary packaging trends, constantly evolving brands, products and the overall consumer experience. To that end, it’s paramount that secondary packaging efficiently and effectively keeps primary packaging in pristine condition.
Case packing absolutely has its place in the packaging industry. There are products that simply need to be in a case, and therefore require companies to bear the cost of corrugate shippers. On the other hand, there are products currently being case-packed that could be successful candidates for tray wrapping, which would eliminate costly corrugate and ultimately provide savings to consumers.
Combining shrink wrap and trays is a common packaging solution for a number of industries, largely because it’s easily adaptable and cost-effective. While automation is typically used as a differentiator in tray shrink equipment options, it’s not the only thing you should consider when determining what will best fit your needs.
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Tray wrapping equipment often requires an assessment of various ancillary equipment to ensure success. Adhesive dispensing is a small, often-overlooked component of a secondary packaging system, but making a simple upgrade can save an average of $17,755* annually. As technology advances, systems operate more efficiently, reducing wasteful costs without requiring extra effort from operators.
Your food business is growing overall, and that’s a good thing. With that growth, though, come challenges related to managing product throughput, business efficiency and cost management.
You’ve been looking at ways to streamline your operation and you’ve found that using shrink-wrapped trays for secondary packaging instead of case packing product might be a good solution – but when is the right time to implement it? Here are four signs that will help you answer that question.
Initially, labor and material costs associated with case packaging for low throughput quantities makes sense. However, as food manufacturers find their way from local farmers’ markets to grocery store shelves in response to consumer demand, leaders must decide whether or not to invest in additional capital equipment. The shift from manual to automated packaging can be worrisome for a growing start-up, although failure to make the change can cost even more in the long run.