Of the various types of packaging suitable for food products, flow pack packaging is one of the most versatile and reliable. It is an efficient technology that ensures products’ integrity to preserve their qualities as well as possible and protect them from external agents.
Flow pack packaging for food requires specific machinery to ensure optimal performance in terms of speed of use and flexibility of the packaging process. The flow pack system is used in different sectors but its main field of application is food product packaging.
Flow pack: what is it?
Flow pack packaging is a packaging method that can be used to package any type of product. It is compatible with content in a wide range of different formats, types and sizes. The flow pack process takes place using horizontal packaging machines, with solutions that can meet the needs of small, medium or large companies.
For the food industry, packaging machines with a stainless-steel structure are used. The material is easy to clean and sanitize to meet the hygiene and safety standards required by the sector. It is also a system that offers a wide choice of packaging graphics customization options to enhance the product marketing with safe and fully customized prints.
In terms of packaging materials, the flow pack system is compatible with various types of plastic films, used in the flow pack roll method. For example, films made from laminated or single-layer polypropylene can be used and the material for the layers chosen based on the storage performance you want to achieve (protection from the air, solar radiation, heat).
Another material suitable for flow pack packaging is polyethylene, one of the most widely used and popular materials in the food sector. It is particularly light, non-toxic and has a very low water absorption rate. Plus, polyethylene ensures a high barrier effect, providing optimal protection for the contents and maintaining their freshness and organoleptic properties.
How does flow pack packaging work?
Specifically, flow pack packaging is suitable for:
- Cereal bars
- Baked products
- Fresh fruit and veg
- Vacuum-sealed food
- Cold meats and cheeses
- Pet food
Flow packs and advantages for food packaging
Flow pack packaging offers many advantages, starting with the high standard of integrity of perishable products. As such, flow pack packaging is one of the most widely used methods in the food packaging sector, bearing in mind the flow pack machines’ capacity to work on 3D products in all shapes and sizes.
This innovative system allows you to create robust and resistant packaging, to offer maximum safety and ensure that the products reach the consumer perfectly intact. At the same time, flow packs are suitable for a wide range of products, due to the high degree of flexibility of the packaging processes, especially for companies that produce different products.
Another important benefit of the flow pack method is the efficiency of packaging processes, which speeds up production and offers a considerable competitive advantage due to enhanced productivity. This also brings sizable financial savings, partly due to the optimized use of packaging materials with less energy consumption than other packaging systems.
It is also important to consider the possibility of using materials with a low environmental impact; flow pack packaging machines are also compatible with eco-friendly packaging alternatives. It is a method that allows for the simple and functional customization of the outer packaging, for aesthetically pleasing product presentation on the market.
At Volmar, we offer innovative solutions for flow pack packaging, from a wide range of plastic and sustainable materials to complete options for food product packaging. With our knowhow, we can offer quality products at competitive prices, supplying high-tech solutions perfectly aligned with each field of use.