Fres-co Flexible Packaging BLOG

Nutraceuticals: Packaging Products that Protect Our Health

Posted by Pat Rocchi

Jan 18, 2017 1:02:56 PM

As consumers look for ways to lead healthier lives, they are also driving up the sales of nutraceuticals, both in the U.S. and around the world. How do producers protect these goods with their steadily rising values?

The online Merriam-Webster dictionary defines nutraceuticals — a combination of the words “nutrition” and “pharmaceutical” — as fortified foods or dietary supplements that are held to provide health or medical benefits in addition to their basic nutritional value. (A broader definition also includes functional foods and beverages and nutricosmetics, such as antiwrinkle creams. The discussion in this blog is limited to fortified foods and supplements.) In recent years, more people are using diet as a way to improve wellness. As a result, the demand for functional food products, such as special varieties of oats, nuts and berries, has surged considerably. Demand for dietary supplements is also expected to increase over the next few years.

North America dominated the global nutraceuticals market in 2014 with a share of more than 39.6% in terms of value. That share is expected to increase as residents of North America become more health conscious. The global nutraceutical industry is expected to reach approximately 205 billion USD in 2017. Jeff Beer, Technical Director of Research & Development for Fres-co System USA, advises that flexible packaging offers many benefits to the producers of nutraceuticals.

“Flexible packaging is designed to protect these increasingly valuable products against the potential threats posed by dehydration, moisture and oxidation,” says Beer. “In that way, we can help extend the product’s shelf life. Flexible packaging also saves space and weight. Just consider how big and bulky a fiber drum is. Then compare that dimensional space and weight to one of our stand up pouches, once the product has gone through a bag sealing machine. It’s easier and potentially cheaper to ship that way, then once you add a zipper to the pouch, as we can, dispensing becomes that much easier for the consumer.”

Information printed clearly
Another advantage that effective flexible packaging provides the consumers of nutraceuticals is detailed instructions right on the package. Many of these products, while safe when used on their own, can interact with traditional medicines. The results of these interactions may be either to reduce or even intensify the effectiveness of the drug or, worse, combine for a harmful effect. For example, certain ingredients may decrease the effectiveness of anticoagulation medicines used to combat hypertension (high blood pressure). “Of course, the producers of nutraceuticals want to reduce or eliminate interactions with prescription medicines or other possible serious side effects,” says Beer. “If information on proper use, dosage and more is highly readable right on the package, flexible packagers can help to eliminate those problems. That requires high-quality printing, so producers must be sure that their packagers can provide that.”

Fres-co System USA, Inc. provides flexible packaging to a wide variety of industries, including companies that produce supplemental health products. Contact us to start planning your nutraceutical product’s packaging; and learn how we can help you design a packaging that will protect your product, relay important information to your customer, and add shelf appeal.

Read More Interview Highlights Fres-co's Flexibility in Packaging

Posted by Pat Rocchi

Dec 8, 2014 9:10:18 AM

Last month’s Pack Expo event in Chicago, Illinois was a huge success for the Fres-co team, as two impressive machines – the G14 and the FSU800 – were both on display for the thousands of attendees who crisscrossed the grounds of the sprawling McCormick Place convention center.

Over the course of the four days in which the event took place, I had the chance to speak with a number of knowledgeable people, many of whom are passionate about the future of the packaging industry.

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Topics: flexible packaging

Five Reasons to Visit Fres-co's Booth at Pack Expo 2014

Posted by Pat Rocchi

Oct 28, 2014 8:51:09 AM

From November 2-5, Fres-co will be exhibiting at the 2014 Pack Expo in Chicago, IL in booth S-4156. With so many great exhibits likely to fill the floor throughout the week, seeing everything the show has to offer will be a difficult task. However, if there’s one booth you make it a point to visit at McCormick Place, make it Fres-co Systems USA. Here’s why:


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Topics: Coffee packaging, aseptic filling, flexible packaging, FIBC, sustainability, aseptic packaging

Fres-co's G14 Automatic Form, Fill and Seal: Not Just for Coffee Anymore

Posted by Pat Rocchi

Oct 13, 2014 10:36:49 AM

Rigid waste…or flexible value? That is the question that many in the packaging industry are faced with as we transition into a new era of flexible packaging. The benefits of choosing flexible packaging over more traditional rigid packagire myriad – simply put, the level of innovation that is made possible by flexible packaging is hard to argue against, not to mention the cost savings, sustainability and efficiencies that come from optimizing your packaging solutions.

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Topics: Coffee packaging, flexible packaging, sustainability, aseptic packaging

Why Aseptic Packaging is Growing…and Why You Should Find a Flexible Packaging Provider

Posted by Terry Baker

Sep 29, 2014 2:14:00 PM

Even though aseptic packaging has been utilized since the 1920s, this method of extending the shelf life of perishable foods is growing rapidly in the U.S. In fact, aseptic packaging is growing at such a rate in the United States that, according to a packaging research firm, the global market is projected to grow at a rate of 7.9 percent over the next five years, while the demand for aseptic packaging expands annually at a rate of 8 percent. A key factor driving this market growth is the increasing demand for aseptic packaging in the food and beverage industry. The growing number of eco-friendly products is also contributing to this growth. Here is a list of reasons behind this renaissance.

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Topics: aseptic packaging

How the Termalock Industrial Sealer Enhances Flexible Barrier Packaging

Posted by Pat Rocchi

Sep 9, 2014 9:09:42 AM

How the Termalock™ Industrial Sealer Enhances Flexible Barrier Packaging

Flexible barrier packaging is quickly becoming a rising star in the packaging industry, protecting foods and other specialty products from oxygen, moisture, light and odors while also extending shelf life. At Fres-co, the flexible packaging solutions that we develop for our customers yield numerous benefits, and our engineered film structures provide a level of protection that is unsurpassed in the packaging industry.

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Topics: Industrial sealers, flexible packaging, pouches

Single-Serve Coffee Producers Find a New Tool in FIBCs

Posted by Pat Rocchi

Aug 20, 2014 7:00:00 PM

The increasing sales of single-serve coffee brewing machines, coupled with Americans opting for quick-and-easy single-cups, present a new challenge to both coffee growers and roasters. The single-serve cups that are at the heart of this ever-growing format require the transport of increasingly higher volumes of ground coffee. This is where Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs), from Fres-co, come in.

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Topics: Coffee packaging

Checklist: How Your Flexible Packaging Manufacturers Can Support Your Branding

Posted by Pat Rocchi

Aug 12, 2014 11:00:00 AM

As a marketing manager, you have worked hard to build your brand, creating a singular and identifiable image for your product. Part of your planning probably has included a distinctive package, one that is designed to register strongly with your prospects and customers. Wouldn’t it be a shame if your flexible package supplier didn’t carry their part of the bargain?

As you know, package design incorporates sound design, material construction, printing and more in order to communicate to your intended audience. Just as your positioning, pricing, distribution and other marketing elements are not left to chance, neither are the ways in which your product’s end user interacts with your flexible package. Here are four crucial elements of your packaging that must be delivered without compromise as a normal part of your flexible packaging solutions.

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Topics: flexible packaging, package design, package printing

BEYOND SUSTAINABILITY: Four More Reasons You Should Go from Rigid to Flexible Packaging

Posted by Terry Baker

Aug 5, 2014 11:00:00 AM

About eight weeks ago, we told you how we helped a customer transition from rigid to flexible packaging, and the sustainable benefits they derived (e.g., reducing related transportation costs, reducing greenhouse gases, measured in CO2equivalents). Of course, the environment is the top concern for many in our industry, as we want to be part of greener solutions. But there are many other benefits of going from rigid to flexible packaging. Here is a quick look at just a few.

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Flexible vs. Rigid — the Lightweight Contender is Beating the Heavyweight Champ

Posted by Steven Hinesley

Jul 29, 2014 12:01:23 PM

In this corner, we have a heavyweight package and the defending champion — proven and tested over time, but also tired and worn, and perhaps on its last legs.

In the other corner is a new contender — flexible, light on its feet, quick, with speed to market and significant growth potential.

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Topics: flexible packaging, rigid packaging, CPGs, pouches