Industry Highlight: Jerky and Meat Snacks Packaging

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The goal of our industry highlight blogs is to provide actionable ideas with current trends that start up customers can use to make packaging decisions.

Our first industry highlight blog post will focus on the meat snacks industry which is now a $1.5 billion industry in the United States according to market research firm IRI.

The growth rate for jerky products is second only to popcorn.  As Sealer Sales is a One Stop Shop of Sealing Equipment & Supplies, we can help with both the pouches and heat sealers for jerky packaging.

Jerky is a Growing Market

The meat snacks industry is now a $1.5 billion industry in the United States according to market research firm IRI.  According to Progressive Grocer, the growth trends of the jerky industry are being driven by the following factors:

  • Demographics – New brands cater to younger and health conscious consumers looking for convenient and healthy ingredients
  • Craft and artisan brands – People are looking for less mass produced snacks and foods – some experts believe the jerky industry is undergoing the same changes as the craft beer market
  • Jerky is Healthy – Jerky can double as a practical and healthy snack
  • Snacking over Meals – Americans replacing meals with snacks

While the industry is dominated by Jack Link’s with more than 50% of the market, the above trend factors are resulting in large growth rates for brands that offer a new value proposition for consumers – i.e. gourmet or premium brands.  For example, premium brand Krave was purchased by Hershey Co. in 2015 and Hershey expects its 2017 outlook to be positive partly from the growth in sales from Krave.

Packaging Requirements for Jerky Industry

We can offer both flexible packaging as well as heat sealing equipment.

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Barrier bags are absolutely essential for packaging jerky to prevent oxidation and spoilage.   Our best barrier stock bag is our EVOH bag which was manufactured for products that require an extended shelf life.  The bag is equipped with a hang hole and resealable zipper.  In addition, there is a window which allows the customer a sneak peak of the products.  Other stock bag options include:  clear vacuum bags with hang hole and zipper, our clear/gold and clear/black vacuum bags, foil stand up pouches, metallized flat pouches.  For companies just starting out, we suggest choosing a bag from our stock option program and placing a label on the bag.  We can work on quotes for custom bag specifications or suggest really great manufacturers to work with, but there will be minimum quantities (estimate approximately 20,000pcs to start).  If you do want to go the custom route, please fill out the attached survey.

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Once the pouch has been selected, the pouches must then be filled with your product and heat sealed to prevent the bags from being tampered with.  To seal your jerky pouches, we offer a variety of heat sealing equipment that can meet your needs.  Whether you are just starting your production and looking for basic and affordable units or faster production volumes with the option to print a date code or expiration date on the seal line, we can help recommend a heat sealer.  We also carry vacuum sealers which will completely remove oxygen from your bags preserving your jerky product.

Our most basic and least expensive sealer is our hand sealer – if you are looking to do to seal about 15 packages per minute, we would suggest this option.  Otherwise, our band sealers will be our most efficient method for sealing plastic bags.  Band sealers operate via conveyor.  The operator would feed his or her bag into the machine and release.  The band sealer will then take the bag via conveyor through the sealing process.  Some of our band sealers are equipped with printers so you are able to print a lot code or expiration date on them. Operator would just have to feed the bag so the process is much less tiring than a hand sealer.  Here is a video demo of how our band sealer operates.  Kooee Snacks, a premium brand focusing on 100% grass fed beef combines their jerky with trail mix. The company uses our FRS-1120W band sealer in order to seal and date code their bags.

Do you have a  jerky product that needs assistance with packaging options?  If so please contact us and we would be glad to assist you.  If you already have your bags and need a heat sealer option, we can test your bags on our band sealers and send the samples back to you along with a video demo.  Just contact us!

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Shrink Wrapping is Back in Full Force!

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Corporations are taking full advantage of fulfillment centers to sell and house their products and our shrink wrapping equipment is ideally positioned to benefit from this trend.

Shrink wrapping a product

  • Provides a protective barrier from dust, moisture, fingerprints, etc
  • Provides products with a professional and factory fresh appearance
  • Bundles products together if selling multiple items as a set

We carry a full line of shrink wrapping machines, film, and tunnels to meet the needs of ALL your customers big or small.    We carry simple starter shrink wrapping kits for small businesses that are just starting out.  Our starter kits include a hand sealer, roll of film, and heat gun.  We also carry automated shrink wrapping systems in which the sealer and tunnel are combined for a one-step seamless operation.

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If you are unsure which equipment your customer will need – fill out the survey and send it back to us.  The most basic information we are looking for is the package dimensions (W x L x H).  Remember that the height of the package is important!

Shrink Wrapping Quick Primer

Why Shrink Wrap?
Shrink wrapping serves to keep the product stable and clean, as well as preventing any opportunity for tampering, which could affect the overall safeness of consumption.

What is Shrink Wrapping?
Shrink wrapping is a cost effective packaging technology which has been adopted across a diverse set of industries including food, beverages and pharmaceuticals. It involves loosely wrapping a  shrink film on the product that is to be packed and subsequently subjecting the package to heat with the help of a shrink tunnel or heat gun. Heat applied results in a snug fit with the product. Shrink tunnels are basically heat chambers that are placed over a conveyor.

How Do You Shrink Wrap?
Shrink wrapping requires 3 basic tools:
#1 – Film (PVC or POF) or bags to wrap your product
#2 – Sealer to seal the film such as an I-Bar or L-Bar Sealer
#3 – Tunnel or Heat Gun to shrink the film around your product

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Check out our previous blog post on how to shrink wrap

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Check out our video demonstration on how to shrink wrap

Visit Us @ Natural Products West Expo

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Come visit us at the Natural Products Expo West from March 10-12 at the Anaheim Convention Center!

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Revere Flexpak will be at Booth #5158 to answer any questions about your packaging projects.  On display will be the CBS-880 band sealer which is an ideal easy to operate sealer for sealing stand up pouches.

About Revere Flexpak:
Industry leader of stock and flexible packaging and labels. Our job is to make your products look great. With in-house prepress, plate making and multiple presses, we manage the production process from start to finish. Different products have different needs, from oxygen or moisture barriers to UV light protection. Our decades of experience ensure you get the packaging solution you need. Sustainable 100% LED printing & facility. Roll film – convert to bags, pouches, bar & bottle wraps.

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New Flexible Packaging Products: Child Resistant Bags

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Introducing New Flexible Packaging Products:  Child Resistant Bags

New Packaging Solution Meets Federal Regulations for Pharmaceutical, OTC Medications and Marijuana Products
Our CHILD RESISTANT BAGS can be used for any product that should be kept away from children:  detergent pods, marijuana or any substance that may be dangerous to children can be stored in these bags.  These bags include a closure zipper that requires two hands to open.  The zipper can be manipulated by adults easily but will be difficult for children to access.  These bags meet ASTM D3475-15 (American Society for Testing and Material Child Resistant) standards.

To open, push the small lever up, then pull the zipper out to access items.  To close, push the zipper lock until you hear a “click” from the bottom lever.  These extra steps are easy for adults to follow but make it difficult for children to access what’s inside.


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Stock pouches are available in 3 sizes and in small minimum quantities of 50pcs.  We carry the bags in both black and white.

Highlighting our Custom Band Sealer with 30mm Seal Width

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While we stock many different models of heat sealers, we know that the need arises for some custom machines.  Kernel Season’s approached us about a band sealer with a wide seal.  Our stock band sealers offer  8mm (.31″), 15mm (.59″), or 20mm (.78″) seal widths but Kernel Season’s wanted a wider seal.  Working with Kernel Season’s request, we were able to special manufacture a band sealer with a 30mm (1.18″) seal width.  This width is perfect for bags with a hang hole as the band sealer will seal below and above the hang hole preventing any leakage.

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We carry the largest stock of band sealers, but if you do not find what you are looking for, don’t fret as we can help you with custom options.  Our expertise and customer service team are second to none.

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While in college, Kernel Season’s founder Brian made popcorn—night after night. It was fluffy, healthy and fast to make… but it always tasted the same. One evening, a thought popped into his head: there has to be a way to shake up the flavor of his favorite snack. Brian started creating fun and bold spice mixtures to toss into his popcorn.  After college, Brian took Kernel Season’s to the next level by teaming up with experienced flavor experts to perfect his recipes.  Kernel Season’s is now America’s number one brand of popcorn seasoning.  It is available in over 15,000 stores nationwide including Walmart, Kroger, Target, and Safeway.

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Bag Sealed with our CBS-880 30mm Seal Width Band Sealer

Introducing our Full Line of Carton Sealers

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Welcome to a New Year!  We hope everyone enjoyed his/her time off during the holidays and ready to begin 2017 with a bang!

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Due to popular demand, we are introducing our full line of carton sealers.  Our CS-series of carton sealers are reliable, cost-effective and durable providing savings to your production process.  We know deciding which carton sealer works best for your application can be confusing so we have created a comparison chart to help you decide what carton sealer works best for you.  The most important variable to think about are:  automation, package variety, and package size.   We have also created a survey – Just email your completed survey to us and we will help you come up with the best carton sealer for your applications.

Sealer Sales Carton Sealer Comparison Chart
Sealer Sales Carton Sealer Survey

As always, everything can always be found on our website – www.sealersales.com.

Happy Holidays – Sealer Sales Holiday Hours

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Sealer Sales wanted to wish you and your family a happy holiday season.
Best wishes for a happy filled new year filled with health, happiness and success.

Please note our holiday schedule in December and plan your orders accordingly.

12/23 (FRIDAY):  LAST DAY TO SHIP –
**ORDERS MUST BE IN BY 12PM**

12/26/16 (MONDAY) – 1/2/17 (MONDAY): SEALER SALES CLOSED

1/3/17 (TUESDAY): SEALER SALES REOPENS

If you need assistance, contact us at 818.718.8818 or contact@sealersales.com.

Wishing you a safe and wonderful holiday season.

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PACK EXPO 2016 

It’s a beautiful morning here in Chicago and Pack Expo has begun!  

Come visit our booth E-8950.

Come visit our booth in Chicago

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Don’t forget:  PACK EXPO 2016 is coming up and we are offering free registration!   PACK EXPO is the largest packaging trade show in the world and is a unique opportunity to see the latest trends in the industry as well as talk to leading experts in the field.

Come by and visit our booth (E-8950).  We will be showing our latest equipment including the FRM-1010 band sealer.  If you’re new to packaging, don’t worry!  Come by and chat.  Let us know what you’re planning to package and we can point you in the right direction.  Our equipment caters directly to small and medium sized business like yours and we have many years of experience

“Pouch-ization” of the world

We recommend taking a look at Packaging Digest’s recent article, “The ‘pouch-ization’ of the world,” citing that global demand for flexible plastic pouches is expected to rise 6.2% annually to $37.3 billion in 2018.  The article states that the U.S. flexible plastic pouch (i.e. stand up pouches, foil gusseted bags, flat pouches, etc) growth is being driven primarily due to the U.S. consumer demanding increasing convenience and portability of product.  Pouches also tend to be smaller and thinner than glass, paper and metal packaging and will use 60% less plastic and be 23% lighter.  We couldn’t agree with Packaging Digest more!  Over the past few years, we have seen an incredible demand for flexible packaging, particularly  in the form of stand up pouches.  Stand up pouches maximize shelf space over traditional boxes and cartons and bottles but also minimize costs of freight and warehousing since these pouches ship flat.

 

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Looking for a custom pouch?  If your customer is considering switching to a flexible packaging product, Sealer Sales can help you determine the best type of packaging that will work for your customer.  E-mail us at custom@sealersales.com for a survey which will help us determine which type of pouch will work best for your customer.  Feel to also browse our stock bags especially if your customer is not ready to go the custom route.  For a start-up business, we carry a variety of stock stand up pouches in smaller quantities (250pcs – 1,000pcs) in a variety of sizes and colors allowing your business to still provide unique packaging that stands up w/o the set up costs of custom pouches.

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Don’t forget!  Heat sealers would be required to heat seal your customer’s pouch to prevent tampering.  We are the go to sealer source and can offer a variety of equipment that will assist you.  See our recommended sealers for stand up pouches!

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