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Resources3 Reasons Why Your Food Packaging Company Matters

When it comes to specialty foods, taste and quality are crucial to consumers, and while your customers might not always be thinking about safety, this is just as important. If you are searching for a food packaging company, Indepak has been a leading supplier of food packaging since 1967, and there are several reasons why you should consider our team as your food packaging supplier.

1. Experience Counts

We’ve been creating custom food packaging since 1967, and over the last 50+ years, we evolved with the packaging industry to create better and better food packaging. Times have changed drastically since the late 60s. For instance, our customers in the 1960s and 1970s didn’t need plastic trays that could move from the freezer to the microwave or oven, but by the 1980s, we were on the cutting edge of developing these types of trays.

With our many years of experience, we can handle many unique situations. If you need modified atmosphere packaging, for example, we can work with your filming supplier to ensure compatibility. MAP packaging has transformed the food packaging industry, reducing food waste, prolonging shelf life and helping specialty food companies extend their market reach and we can design packaging suitable for MAP applications.

In general, we have experience with just about all types of thin gauge thermoform plastic materials. This includes PET, PETG, HDPE, LDPE, PP, polystyrene and even starch-based bioplastics.

2. Safety Is a Priority

Obviously, safety should be a priority for all food packaging companies. Providing customers with packaging that keeps food fresh and safe is crucial, and while many food packaging companies can provide you with quality packaging, few have the safety certifications that we hold at Indepak.

We have been certified to the standard of FSSC 22000, which stands for Food Safety System Certification. This standard speaks to our level of quality and our commitment to quality. In order to meet the requirements of this certification, we had to show that we have developed a comprehensive system to manage food safety risks.

If you are unfamiliar with FSSC 22000 standards, these are similar to ISO standards. With both organizations, you need to be able to show that you have a management system in place that meets or exceeds certain standards. Basically, we have to develop a management system that adheres to the standards of FSSC 22000 requirements.

Once you have your management system in place, to attain FSSC 22000 certification, an FSSC Registrar must come out to your business and conduct an audit, then you are recommended for certification. This is a lengthy process, but an important one, as FSSC 22200 is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). If you are looking for a food packaging provider that adheres to GFSI standards, we meet those standards.

The GFSI is not a certifying body, they are a group of more than 400 manufacturers and retailers that are committed to ensuring that food and food packaging is as safe as possible in every corner of the world. GFSI recognizes several types of food safety standard. GFSI recognizes several types of food safety standards, including FSSC 22000 as well as SQF, BRC-IOP, CanadaGAP, GRMS and several others. At Indepak, we attained FSSC 22000 certification, as it is specific to our industry as a food packaging supplier.

3. Variety of Sustainability Options

Consumers are more and more concerned with sustainability and while plastics often are the best option for food packaging, consumers often worry about using too much plastic or not using recyclable plastics, etc. At Indepak, we can provide you with easily recyclable packaging materials, such as PET, PETG and HDPE.

Virtually all of the materials we use at Indepak are recyclable, and we also can create sustainable packaging using recycled content. For instance, we might be able to create your food packaging with rPET, which is recycled PET packaging. This is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and provide your customers with a more sustainable, eco-friendly option.

We also can use starch-based bioplastics for some types of food packaging. Bioplastics can’t be recycled easily (yet), but they are created using renewable resources, which appeals to many consumers. Typically, bioplastics are made using corn starch or another type of plant starch, and this can be a good option to consider, especially if your products are geared toward customers committed to an eco-friendly lifestyle.

Not all food packaging companies have experience working with materials such as bioplastics or recycled PET, but at Indepak, we have the know-how to use these materials as well as just about any other plastic material you might wish to use.

Types of Food Packaging We Provide

At Indepak, we have extensive experience designing all types of food packaging. This includes clamshell packaging for deli items, bakery items, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and much more.

We also can design any type of thermoform tray you might need. Whether you need a tray for cookies or crackers, frozen dinners or perhaps meat or poultry, we can design a basic single cavity tray or design a tray with multiple sections.

Our design team also can create cups as well as tubs (with or without lids) to hold anything from butter to yogurt to sour cream and more. As we stated earlier, our tubs and thermoformed trays can be used for modified atmosphere packaging as well as non-MAP packaging, whichever you might need.

If you are searching for food packaging companies with FSSC 22000 certification, the team at Indepak is always ready to help design and produce any type of food packaging you might need. Whether you need clamshells, trays, cups, tubs with lids or something else, give us a call today and let’s get started on your packaging design project.

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