Category Archives: Bags & FIlm

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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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.

“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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Distributor Highlight: DPB

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Discount Plastic Bags was launched in 2005 as an alternative to the high priced catalog vendors selling stock flexible packaging.  By focusing strictly on quality flexible packaging materials like vacuum sealer bags, poly bags, tubing and film, this young company offers a level of targeted expertise.

Offering equal or better quality, fast delivery, low shipping cost and a Five Star Guarantee, discountplasticbags.com quickly emerged as a preferred online option for those seeking a competitive edge through efficient procurement of their thousands of items.  Both common and unique items can be found on this company’s continuously improving website.

With tens of thousands of customers and glowing reviews, you’ll feel confident that your purchases from Discount Plastic Bags are shipped promptly with care and backed with genuine concern for your satisfaction.

Shop Discount Plastic Bag’s catalog of extensive vacuum bags.

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Hot Stamping Services

Hot Stamp ExampleMake your product stand out with hot stamping.  One of the fastest growing trends in customizing stock bags is hot stamping.  Hot stamping is a dry printing process in which your logo/image is transferred to the bag using heat and pressure.  The ability to apply custom images or text to our inventory items has given customers a new way to attractively enhance the look of their packages without committing to the large minimum quantities required for fully printed projects.  Our affordable plate charges and low minimums make this a great printing alternative and ideal for start-ups or special projects w/ short runs.

Minimum:  1 case (usually 500 or 1,000pcs)
Cost:  $0.19/imprint + plate charges (one-time fee)
Lead Time:  2-3 weeks

Steps for Hot Stamping

  1. Pick a bag size / color for hot stamping (Most of our stock bags can be hot stamped.)
  2. Approve artwork
  3. Approve hot stamp design
  4. Lead Time:  2-3 weeks

Email us at custom@sealersales.com for more information

 

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NEW PRODUCT: DUAL-SHIELD STAND UP POUCHES

DualShield_infoIncorporating a color on both the inside and outside of these bags truly sets our new Dual Shield Stand Up Pouches apart from any other pouch on the market.  However, these bags aren’t just attractive, the are exceptionally functional.  Unparalleled clarity and a high barrier coating are combined to create a perfect viewing panel for any product.  From tea to bath salts to confectionery items, these pouches are sure to be a great marketing asset.

Available Sizes: 4oz, 8oz, 12oz
Colors:  Lavender, Arctic, Mint, Gold, Coral, Maple
Material Structure: 
Side 1: OPP/MCC-PET/CPP
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Material Thickness: 
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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH: Great Alternative to Void Fill

Our YC-03FD Air Pillow Machine is the ideal alternative to standard void fill. Impress customers with a clean, efficient and smart way to pack and protect your product. Our air pillows cost less than peanuts or foam to fill the same space. Air pillows provide superior protection compared to traditional shipping materials and also can be stored conveniently taking up a fraction of the space as peanuts and foam.

YC-03FD is equipped to handle large volume of air pillows on demand filling up to 145 5” x 8” air pillows per minute. Machine is easy to operate.

Buy and own this machine.  No minimum film purchase required.

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A Conversation with ABC Packaging Direct (www.standuppouches.net)

We recently sat down and had a conversation about sealing equipment for flexible packaging with David Marianac, President of ABC Packaging Direct (www.standupouches.net).

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David Marianac and his team at ABC are experts at helping customers determine what type of flexible packaging you should be investing in.   The Standuppouches.net Blog is full of incredible information from what type of packaging you should be using to the latest industry trends.  We highly recommend this as a go to source for anything related to flexible packaging.

David’s new podcast, Ditch the Box, offers guests from all over the packaging world including yours truly at Sealer Sales to discuss trends in the industry.  The most recent episode focuses on the sealing aspect of flexible retail packaging.

What exactly goes on behind the scenes of sealing a flexible package? What do you need to know when it comes time to make decisions regarding the seal of your flexible packaging? We highlight some of the main points to keep in mind when it comes to seals and sealers. Listen to the full episode here:

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NEW PRODUCT: SQUARE BOTTOM GUSSET BAGS

new-square-btmEnjoy the best of both worlds with our new Square-Bottom Gusseted Bags! Now you can get the advantages of a traditional gusseted bag along with those of a stand-up pouch! Perfect for ground or whole bean coffee and loose tea leaves, our new Square Bottom Gusseted Bags allow even the lowest density product to sit narrow and sturdy on the shelves without ever worrying about tipping over. The paneled look of these bags makes them perfect for graphics, labeling, and hot stamping as well as degassing valve application. Available in a wide array of colors and laminated in foil or clear poly to meet any barrier requirement.

Available Sizes: 6-10oz and 12-16oz
Color (7 colors): Black, Matte Black, White, Matte White, Clear, Natural Kraft Paper, Matte Bronze
Material Structure(s):

  • PET/INK/AL/LLDPE (Black and White only)
  • MOPP/INK/AL/LLDPE (12-16oz Matte Black and Matte White only)
  • MOPP/INK/VMPET/LLDPE (6-10oz Matte Black and Matte Bronze only)
  • Kraft Paper/AL/LLDPE (Natural Kraft Paper only)
  • PET/LLDPE (Clear only)

Thickness:

  • 4.8mil (Clear, 6-10oz Matte Black, and Matte Bronze only)
  • 5.0mil (Natural Kraft Paper only)
  • 5.4mil (Black, White, Matte White, and 12-16oz Matte Black only)

 

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NEW PRODUCT: PAISLEY FOIL GUSSETED BAGS

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Our new Paisley Foil Gusseted Bags exude simple elegance and art with beautiful patterns of coffee beans, leaves and floral accents. The matte/glossy combination gives these bags a look that will truly set them apart on the shelf while their foil construction ensures your product will taste as good as it looks!

Available Sizes: 6-8oz and 12-16oz
Colors : White Paisley, Black Paisley
Material Structure: PET/INK/AL/LLDPE
Thickness: 5.4mil

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