Fres-co Flexible Packaging Blog

Five Consumer Items that have Thrived in Flexible Packaging (surprisingly!)

Posted by Ray Carroll, Director of Aseptic Packaging Technology

Sep 12, 2017 10:14:57 AM

Flexible packaging and film have been around for a long time. I started up a flexible packaging line for coffee over 30 years ago and raised my kids on juice drinks in flexible pouches. We have grown accustomed to seeing many food, beverage and other consumer products offered in flexible packaging because of its many advantages to the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and consumer, such as reduced package size, and lower costs in material handling and transportation.

There are however, some products I never expected to see in this format, and they have been quite successful.

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Topics: source reduction, sustainability, rigid packaging, shelf impact, Flexible from rigid, food processing, food processing equipment, packaging and labeling, package size reduction, material handling and transportation

A How-To Checklist for Roasters to Get Optimal Packaging

Posted by Emmet Mead, Inside Sales Representive

Sep 5, 2017 2:19:22 PM

Let's face the good news. Working in the coffee industry as a roaster is fun, and many people who do this work also have a passionate commitment to it. But a roaster’s best efforts may come undone in just one critical step in the process: the packaging. This brief list quickly covers the ways to keep coffee fresh, from your roaster to your customer.


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Topics: Coffee packaging, shelf impact, coffee roasters

Flexible Pouch 101 - Four Important Actions When Moving Your Customers into a Flexible Packaging Format for Liquids

Posted by Dave Dytchkowskyj, Commercial Director, Preformed Liquid Packaging

Aug 28, 2017 5:48:06 PM

As a pouch provider, whether you are in operations, brand management or sales, imagine yourself in this likely scenario:

A new customer has come to you because they have decided to launch a new SKU in a flexible packaging format. Imagine too that the customers have little or no knowledge of flexible packaging, so they have placed their trust in your hands. Therefore, you need to do a thorough effort of planning and executing their project. If you make mistakes, the confidence they have bestowed on you will quickly turn to a feeling of betrayal and create distrust. An unsatisfactory result will hurt more than your company; it could also give the flexible packaging industry a black eye.

Let’s review some key practices that will help ensure success:

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Topics: source reduction, flexible packaging, package design, rigid packaging, packaging sealing machine, Flexible from rigid, cans to pouches, fresh foods, liquid pouches, preformed pouches

Is there a Future for Aseptic Foods with Particulates? (Yes! And here’s why…)

Posted by Ray Carroll, Director of Aseptic Packaging Technology

Jul 27, 2017 9:36:47 AM

Hindsight shows us that 1984 was a defining year for the aseptic packaging of food products.

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Topics: aseptic packager,, aseptic, aseptic manufacturing, aseptic filling, aseptic containers, flexible packaging, aseptic packaging, food processing companies, food processing plant, food processing equipment, Fres-co

What Are Nonthermal Food Processing Technologies, and How Does Flexible Packaging Support Them?

Posted by Ray Carroll, Director of Aseptic Packaging Technology

Jul 18, 2017 9:05:36 AM

As a food processing expert, I have seen an increase over the last couple of decades in consumer demand for increased freshness, convenience and variety in their foods. I believe this has been driven by the ways that the traditional methods of food processing alter the taste, texture, appearance and nutritional value of food, as well as a pushback against artificial preservatives.

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Topics: flexible packaging, industrial vacuum sealing system, retort food processing, Flexible from rigid, food processing, food processing companies, food processing plant

The 3-A Symbol — A Mark of Excellence in Food Processing

Posted by Kelly Eastman, Engineering Manager, Packaging Equipment, Fres-co System USA, Inc.

May 9, 2017 8:48:33 AM

When we are ready to make a sizeable investment in equipment, many of us value certifications, from the UL stamp to ISO. These marks are easy-to-understand signs that the products we are purchasing are endorsed for a given task. For those of us in the food-processing industry, the most sought-after certification is the 3-A symbol issued by 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. (3-A SSI), which ensures the attainment of sanitary standards for design and fabrication. It’s important to review why this mark is significant and how your business can benefit from it.

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Farm-to-Table Food? Keep it Fresh with Flexible Packaging

Posted by Ray Carroll, Director of Aseptic Packaging Technology

May 3, 2017 10:35:47 AM

As a 36-year veteran of the food industry with a master’s degree in food process engineering, it really irks me when people vilify “processed foods.” It is as incorrect as most other generalizations. People have been “processing” foods since the beginning of time, which met the challenge of preserving that food. Today, flexible packaging also helps fill that need alongside food processing.

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Topics: aseptic, flexible packaging, agricultural products, packaging sealing machine, retort food processing, fresh foods

The Benefits of Shifting to Flexible Pouches from Cans in Retort Processing

Posted by Ray Carroll, Director of Aseptic Packaging Technology

Apr 17, 2017 7:30:00 AM

Over my career in the food industry, the transition to flexible pouches from cans in retort processing has been one of the most significant developments I have ever seen. I believe the benefits are quite definite, as listed below.

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Topics: retort food processing, Flexible from rigid, cans to pouches

Thinking of Flexible Packaging for Your Liquid Foods and Beverages? Here are Seven Reasons to Switch from Rigid!

Posted by Brian Butler, Business Development Manager, Processed Foods

Apr 5, 2017 9:02:14 AM

Today we see flexible packaging for every application including soups, sauces, dairy products, nutritional products and beverages. If you, as a producer of liquid foods, beverages, or other similar goods, believe that it’s time to board the flexible packaging train, you want to make that move strategically.

Here is a checklist of seven considerations to make in advance of this important changeover.

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Topics: aseptic packager,, aseptic, source reduction, flexible packaging, package design, sustainability, rigid packaging, pouches, aseptic packaging, hermetically sealed bags, shelf impact

Hearing the Voice of the Customer in Flexible Packaging Design

Posted by Dom Sciamanna

Mar 27, 2017 8:43:29 AM

Louis Sullivan, a famed Chicago architect, once said that “form ever follows function.” His statement firmly asserted his belief that the way a building looks should be determined by its purpose. Over time, this principle was applied beyond buildings to automobiles and many household objects, from tea kettles to can openers. Sound functional design is a nod to the people who will actually use an item, creating features in response to customers’ stated and interpreted needs. As Steve Jobs famously told Business Week in 1997, “A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them.”

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Topics: package design