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The Right Packaging For the Right Meat: Choosing Your Materials

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food packaging equipmentAs with any type of food, the right packaging can make all the difference when it comes to delivering delicious and safe products. Nowhere is this more important than within the meat sector. Your food packaging equipment plays a big role in the preservation and safety of your products, so choosing the right materials and design is an important task. Here's a quick guide to different types of sectors within the meat industry, and the most common and beneficial types of packaging for each.

Poultry

As you browse the grocery store, you probably notice that different types of poultry have different types of packaging. Whole birds, such as turkeys or frozen chicken, often come in chamber vacuumed wraps or non-barrier food grade shrink bags. These designs help keep liquids from dripping out and contaminants from getting in.

Beef and Pork

The choice of food packaging equipment for beef and pork often changes between when products are delivered to butchers and when they are delivered from butchers to consumers. Large cuts of meat are often packaged in flexible food vacuum pouches, where they can then be portioned by the butcher into individual items for sale. A vacuum sealed product will often last three to five times longer than foods stored in plastic bags or containers alone, which offers more time for delivery.

Seafood

Because that fresh-out-of-the-water taste is so important to many types of seafood, these products are commonly canned or flash-frozen directly after processing. Frozen products can be packaged in poly bags, vacuum bags, or thermoform packaging bags. In each case, the packaging should be flexible and able to withstand cold temperatures. Carbon dioxide is often sealed inside to preserve freshness.

Your choice of food packaging equipment matters. When it comes to meat, poultry, and seafood, consumers have come to expect certain standards of packaging that let them know that the food has been handled and transported safely from its point of origin to their local grocery store. Make sure that your products are up to par by selecting the appropriate packaging system to get your products into the hands (and bellies) of your hungry customers.