We don’t often think of food packaging as having been around for several millennia, but people have been packaging and transporting food for thousands of years. Learn the truth about these other food packaging myths before you decide what to use.
Just as the first types of packaging were made of natural materials and quickly bio-degraded after use, today’s packaging is returning to eco-friendly materials. Learn about the evolution of food packaging from ancient times to today.
7 Materials in the Evolution of Food Packaging
- Natural plant materials: as early as 20,000 years ago, Indigenous Peoples used dried gourds, shells, hollow logs, and leaves to package food.
- Ceramics: used in the Middle East about 8,000 to 10,000 years ago.
- Wood: archeologists found barrels, crates and boxes used to package food about 5,000 years ago.
- Pottery and Ceramics: the invention of the pottery wheel enabled mass production of pottery and ceramics and the transportation of food, about 3,500 years ago.
- Glass: 2,500 years ago, Syrians invented glass-blowing. Glass containers with various forms of seals allowed food to be preserved instead of just transported.
- Paper-like fibres: used for food packaging and wrapping from 2,000 years ago.
- Styrofoam, aluminum and plastic: Starting in the 1930s to the 1970s and still in use today.
Taking the Evolution of Food Packaging into the Future
Many markets already use sustainable materials for better packaging design made from natural sources, and which are disposable without harm to the environment. As consumers demand that companies act in more ethical ways, the demand for more natural materials in packaging will continue to grow. It’s a good idea to thoroughly research the pros and cons of each packaging material before you start.
Food Packaging Services at OAFVC
At OAFVC, improving food packaging is easy, because our commercial kitchen has everything you need. Book a half or full day and get all equipment and labour necessary to package your product. Machines can even be used inside the commercial kitchen or high hygiene room for sanitized and immediate filling and labelling.
Let OAFVC Help You With
- Vacuum packaging
- Modified atmosphere packaging (MAP)
- Tamper evident seals
- Heat sealed pouches
- Corrugated casing
- Barcode/GSI printing
- Coding and taping
Our in-house graphic designer is available to design labels or upload your existing designs. We can even facilitate specialty printing for labels, including the specialty adhesives and printing required for frozen storage.
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