Discovering All There Is In Flexible Packaging and Custom Labeling Part 3

In the last two installments on flexible packaging and labeling we discussed stand up pouches, stand up zip-top pouches, press to close pouches, zippered pouches, three sided seal pouches and resealing sliding pouches.  The industry is evolving and therefore the options in flexible packaging are as well.  Many products are choosing to be packaged in flexible packaging because of the benefits in labeling, shipping and more.

When it comes to packaging items such as pet food, lawn fertilizer, grass seed, potting soils and cat litter there are two types of pouches that are popular; in fact the most popular within the flexible packaging industry: side gusseted and quad seal pouches.

Side Gusseted Flexible Pouches and Quad Seal Flexible Pouches

Side gusseted pouches have a fold, or gusset, on either side of the bag where as quad seal pouches are sealed on four corners of the bag which allows for labeling information and graphics on all of the four sides of the pouch.  The pouches are designed in either a single web up to sixty degrees in width or from three separate webs for flexible resealable pouches.  The best option for your application can be determined with the help of the custom label and packaging manufacturer that is helping to create the label and package for your new product.

The characteristics of side gusseted and quad seal flexible pouches are:

  • Press to close packaging, non-resealable
  • Slider option
  • Ideal for palletizing
  • Additional graphics allow companies and brands to market on all sections of the package

There are so many reasons to design a product package using one of the several options available within flexible packaging.  Flexible pouches offer convenience, portability, cost savings and sustainability.p

  • Convenience: Most flexible pouches can be designed with or without the option to be sealed. The package is designed to fit the needs of consumers.  Many consumers use products or consume products in more than one day.  A flexible package with a seal allows it to be reusable.  This creates a convenience other packaging options don’t provide.
  • Portability: With many packages you can such as boxes you can fold the box into itself to reseal it.  This is not necessarily the best option to carry the product around.  If you drop the box the product can spill.  As well as the bag inside doesn’t necessarily lend to the freshness of the product.  When using flexible packaging, consumers can conveniently seal the package to keep the product fresh and contained.  Pouches are also more aesthetic when it comes to display options.
  • Cost Savings: In order to create a package and design a label it is far less expensive than other traditional packaging; in fact up to forty percent can be saved when you use flexible pouches. There is less waste with the overall packaging and custom label designs.
  • Sustainability: Flexible packaging and custom labeling uses less materials then other packaging. This leads to overall lower costs, lower shipping rates and allows for more eco-friendliness.

At Anchor Printing, we take pride in offering our clients cut & stack labeling, pressure sensitive labels, roll-fed labeling, shrink sleeves as well as flexible packaging options. Contact us today at http://anchorprinting.com for all of your product label design, printing and packaging needs.

Discovering All There Is In Flexible Packaging and Custom Labeling Part 2

Within the flexible packaging industry there are a variety of options to choose from.  In our last installment on flexible packaging we discussed stand up pouches and stand up zip top packages. In this article we will further discuss the options that product manufactures find ideal within the packaging and labeling industry.

Three Side Seal Pouches

A three sided seal pouch is a non-resealing option that includes a traditional lay flat pouch.  Once these packages are opened they do not offer a resalable feature such as a slider or zipper. With this option a fill wrap around graphic label option is available.  This type of pouch packaging allows for a quicker manufacturing turn around as they allow for high speed, high volume package manufacturing.

The flexible package is created with a three side seal that allows a consumer to fill the package with the product that is desired.  The final seal is applied by using heat to seal the package.  This option of bag packaging comes in a variety of materials and sizes including customizable options like holes, tear notches or rounded corners.  Consider the follow options when choosing a non-resealable flexible pouch:

–              Gusseted bottoms

–              Rounded corners, tear notches and holes

–              Non sealing after initial opening

–              High speed, multiple lane manufacturing to allow for an incredibly competitive product

Resealing Sliding Pouches

There are a variety of pre made sliding pouches available within the flexible packaging industry.  Side gusseted pouches with slider closures are popular.  Consider the following pouch slider types when looking into flexible packaging for your company’s products.

–              Hooded: A hooded pouch slider is most commonly used in food application of flexible packaging where a high level of sanitation is needed.

–              Exposed: When sanitation isn’t necessary in applications other than food, where a heavier bag where more strength is needed than sanitation an exposed pouch slider is the best option.

–              Power-proof: This type of sliding pouch closure is ideal when manufacturing powders or granulated products.  This closure looks like a small plow and is created to clear a path along the closure in order to prevent particles from getting lodged in the track of the flexible package.

–              “S” Slider: This is a pouch enclosure that is used for the highest retention within the industry.  When it comes to packaging heavier products such as pet food, lawn seed or garden fertilizer an “S” slider is the option most likely to be used.  This is available in exposed style packages.

In the last installment on flexible packaging we will look into the final enclosures that are popular the side gusseted pouch and quad sealing pouch.

At Anchor Printing, we take pride in offering our clients cut & stack labeling, pressure sensitive labels, roll-fed labeling, shrink sleeves as well as flexible packaging options. Contact us today at http://anchorprinting.com for all of your product label design, printing and packaging needs.

Discovering All There Is In Flexible Packaging and Custom Labeling

Flexible pouches are taking the package and labeling industry by storm.  The dynamics of flexible packaging have changed dramatically and the varieties of pouches available on the market today are designed to ensure the utmost satisfaction of customers while preserving perishable and non perishable goods.  In order to find a pre-made pouch or custom-made bag that meets your needs consider one of the many designs available on the market today.

Stand Up Pouches

Stand up pouches are available for various products including coffees, dried fruit, nuts and more.  In order to create a custom package that suits the needs of consumers and of the product itself while continuing to hold shelf appeal there are many requirements that must be met.  When it comes to stand up pouches consider the following possibilities:

  • Sliding devices for resealing the package in both standard and hooded options.
  • Pouches that are created from cellophane, polypropylene and more.
  • Clear or opaque features included on the entire pouch the pouch sides or bottom gussets.
  • Pouches that offer a press to close feature.
  • Quad seal flexible pouches that are created for larger quantities of product.

Stand up pouches offer a variety of benefits over other varieties of flexible packaging that is available on the market today.  The benefits of stand up pouches are as follows:

  • Stand up pouches hold the products freshness longer by keeping air out. This makes stand up flexible pouches ideal for all types of food consumption from humans to pets.
  • When it comes to shelf appeal stand up pouches have a high appeal to consumers. Stand up pouches have a high appeal in the competitive display environment.
  • The logistic benefits of stand up pouches make it a far superior type of packaging. Flexible stand up packages reduce the room needed when storing and shipping products as well as minimizing packaging costs and reduces the impact of packaging on the environment.

Stand-Up Zip Top Pouches

  • Press-to-close Pouches

Many products need an option to reseal packaging.  Products that are marketed using stand up press to close flexible pouches include:

  • Processed meats
  • Frozen foods
  • Powdered products
  • Pet foods
  • Zippered Pouches

A zippered pouch option offers great shelf appeal that promotes your products shelf appeal. The zipper option reseals the product keeping it fresh and ready for consumers use.

  • Several zipper features from hang holes to tear notches
  • Side gusseted pouches
  • Stand up pouches with up to two different capabilities

Zippers on flexible pouches keep products airtight and help to meet the strict standards that are being set within the flexible packaging industry.

When it comes to packaging your company’s products there are various things to consider such as the product itself, the environment in which it is to be stored and the shelf life of the product itself.  No matter if you are expanding your brand or starting out on the market there is a custom flexible package designed to fit your need.  In our next installment on flexible packaging we will discuss other options available to ensure your product is properly packaged, labeled and marketed to maximize consumer appeal, shelf life and function.

Look for more in our next installment on custom packaging, flexible packages and labeling.

At Anchor Printing, we take pride in offering our clients cut & stack labeling, pressure sensitive labels, roll-fed labeling, shrink sleeves as well as flexible packaging options. Contact us today at http://anchorprinting.com for all of your product label design, printing and packaging needs.