Nutrient rich cheese had been a long time staple in meals around the world. Over the past few years though, cheese has been gaining popularity as a handy snack, thanks to its reputation as a protein dense food packed with calcium and vitamins. Cubed, shredded, sliced, or as string cheese, versatile food packaging plastic plays a big role in delivering fresh, cheesy goodness to consumers in quite a few innovative ways. Here are some of the inventive products providing convenience and sustainability in cheese packaging.
Plastic barrier shrink film materials provide a “skintight” fit, enabling cheese to develop its natural flavor and texture, while retaining color during curing. The vacuum protection provides a barrier to oxygen and helps cheese maintain proper moisture levels. Designed to maintain product quality, freshness and extend shelf life with less waste, barrier shrink films also help reduce food waste from mold growth.
Resealable Zip Pouches
The most iconic examples of food in a resealable packaging is shredded cheese. For modern, busy lifestyles, pre-shredded cheese is a huge time saver. Consumers may however forget about the benefits of using just the amount they need and then resealing the package to preserve and extend freshness and reduce food waste. Some brands produce versions of shredded cheese in a hermetically sealed flexible pouch with an enclosed slider, designed to reveal product tampering.
This inventive solution from Sealed Air/Cryovac has revolutionized commercial deli operations because it eliminates the need for knives and other sharp tools to open large format food items. Grip & Tear®, is a vacuum sealed, easy-open packaging system that maintains toughness, but allows users to pull it open. The tab design, combines superior shrink and toughness without compromising oxygen-barrier properties. Cryovac says it helps keep products cleaner and more sanitary during handling and is a safer, easier option for foodservice and deli counter employees. Food Safety Magazine wrote about how Kroger is finding success with the packaging.
Rigid/Film Combination Packaging
Topping semi-rigid thermoformed trays with film lidding is an increasingly popular category of convenience packaging, especially with cheese snacks. The combo packaging generally uses an adhesive sealant to attach the film to the container. They provide a high barrier to oxygen and moisture which helps preserve freshness. The rigid tray provides good form enabling convenient and easy snacking.
Learn more about how the industry is working toward greater recovery of multilayer/multimaterial flexible film packaging.