The three P’s of packaging are always important to consider when designing packaging for your products. Today, with atmospheric packaging, we’re focusing on the second P–preservation!
Read more to learn about this type of packaging and its uses!
What Is It?
This kind of packaging refers to the use of atmospheric gases to keep food fresher, longer! This kind of packaging works by pumping the air out of a package after processing, and replacing it with different levels of the three gases.
These gases are: oxygen, carbon dioxide, and nitrogen. By changing the levels of these gases inside the package, food items can last longer than in traditional packaging applications.
Why These Three Gases?
You might be wondering: why choose these three gases for this technique? Besides them all being found in the air we breathe, each one plays a specific role:
Oxygen helps preserve the colour of red meat. Limiting the amount of oxygen in the package can also kill off any micro-organisms that may cause spoilage.
Carbon Dioxide prevents the development of mold and bacteria.
Nitrogen prevents respiration and the breakdown of food.
Using these three gases is a natural way of preserving food, rather than using chemicals or other preservative methods.
Once items are packaged, the natural air is pumped out, and the different gases are pumped in based on the preservation needs.
Pros of Atmospheric Packaging
In addition to preservation, there are a number of advantages to packaging products this way. Since food can be fresh longer, it can go longer distances without spoiling! This means products can reach wider geographical markets that might not have been accessible.
By using this technique, produce sellers also have more control over their products. This ensures the freshest, highest quality at its peak deliciousness!
Using atmospheric packaging can even help make sure that certain fruits are available even past their seasons.
Cons of Atmospheric Packaging
Though this is a great way to preserve and extend the shelf life of food by eliminating any micro-organisms, this method does not get rid of all bacteria. Adding other preservation methods like refrigeration to packaging in this style is common as an extra precaution.
Additionally, once the package is opened, the products inside have normal shelf lives. This may be something to consider when deciding if using this technique is right for your business.
Is This Packaging Right For Me?
Not sure if this packaging is right for you? We’re currently in the process of developing atmospheric packaging options to broaden our offerings. Contact us today to connect with one of our knowledgeable Business Development Consultants to learn more! Whether you have your own design or you’re starting from scratch, we’re with you every step of the way!