Pet Food Packaging: All You Need to Know - Levapack

A Simple Guide to Pet Food Packaging

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In the increasing market for luxury dog and cat food, the packaging is key. The steady expansion of the pet food market is largely due to packaging, particularly for luxury items. The bag or container allows producers to stand out among cat and dog owners who desire environmentally friendly solutions, customized pet diets, and ingredients that are appealing to humans as well.

Thanks to the use of unique and cutting edge technology, all of the equipment presented, from the simplest to the most automated and high performance, are designed always to guarantee that Pet Food is packaged precisely.

Shoppers have shown they are willing to pay more for sustainable pet food packaging and convenience features like handles and stay-fresh zippers. When dog lovers buy their beloved dog or cat the best food they can afford, they don’t want it to get stale or spill from an open bag. Learn how to successfully brand and rebrand dog and cat food to expand your customer base, as well as how the market is changing packaging.

Wet Vs Dry Dog Food Packaging

Dry Dog Food

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Wet dog food is more expensive and complicated than dry dog food, sometimes known as kibble (a.k.a., canned food). Wet foods, on the other hand, are usually more nutritious, while canned foods are more strictly regulated. The canned pet food packaging process requires sterilization to inhibit the growth of microorganisms in the container. Therefore, canned pet food is more expensive but popular. Both wet and dry dog diets have significant advantages and disadvantages, so deciding between the two is often a matter of personal preference.

Pouches allow pet owners to tear open the box with ease, re-seal it, and open it again for later usage, which is an obvious purpose behind this shift. These resealable grip-seal pouches reduce waste, especially if your pets can’t eat their food in one sitting.

Health Effect and Convenience

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Every dog is unique in the same way that every human is. What works for one animal’s health might not work as well, if at all, for another.

Dry food is significantly more convenient than wet food. Kibble can be maintained in a resealable bag or container for months, or until the food expires; similarly, kibble can be eaten for hours in a dish. Unusually, you’ll need to clean up after your dog eats dry dog food.

Wet food, on the other hand, cannot be left in a bowl for long periods and can be messy. It’s also more difficult to keep it, especially if the container doesn’t have a resealable cover. After opening, canned food must be refrigerated and consumed within a few days following the initial serving. 

Canned dog food contains a rich source of protein and is lower in carbohydrates than dry pet food products. The high water content of canned pet food helps increase pet’s fluid intake, while the ingredients in canned pet food are easier to digest. Although canned pet food is more expensive, it is very popular in the market because of its obvious effect on the nutritional growth of pets. The technology for packaging canned pet food on the market has developed accordingly. Sealing and sterilization techniques are the most important parts of the packaging process for canned pet food.

High-barrier aluminum foil pouches produced from a laminate of PET, aluminum, and LDPE provide one of the greatest barriers available in the flexible packaging market, in addition to being extremely handy. They keep pet food away from air, moisture, and odor, allowing it to last longer while still tasting good for the pets.

Types of Pet Food Packaging

pouch packaging of pet food

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Flexible packaging materials made from flat-rolled sheet material, commonly known as “off the roll,” enable the creation of a wide range of bag shapes and sizes while also being very cost-effective. Bottles, glasses, metals, and other rigid volume containers are all utilized in almost every market for consumer items, and this packaging is an environmentally favorable alternative.

Tin Can/Jar

The metal can/tin can is the most widely used package for pet food around the world. The container is suitable for liquid and paste materials. Wet pet food contains water, so sealing and sterilization techniques are particularly important in the packaging process. And the metal can is the optimal packaging material for wet food packaging, storage, shipping, and marketing.

Pouch

The tubular pouch is a traditional flat packaging material film roll pouch design. The packing material is directed over the format tube’s shoulder, molded directly around it, and sealed along its length and bottom seam. The pouch is then filled with goods and detached from the film tube at the head (top) seam. The tubular pouch is finished!

To keep the food moist and the jelly delicious, several cat food makers now use pouches in their packaging. Some smaller and gourmet cat food producers are following suit, as pouches are very cost-effective for them and allow them to compete with the big brands.

Stick packs

Stick packs are a new style of packaging that is convenient, stylish, and pleasant. The stick pack is a pillow bag with longitudinal closure and a unique width-to-length ratio due to its design. The stick pack offers an excellent ratio of packaged food to minimum packaging material when used for portion packaging. As a result, a stick pack requires 40% less film material than a sachet of similar size.

Packaging Technologies

premade pouch packaging machine for powder products

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Flexible Packaging for Pet Food

Premade pouch packaging machines save a lot of space and are designed for high output (yield) and consistent sealing. All of the machines are fully automated and can run sporadically or continuously.

The stainless steel design, along with the latest servo motor and pneumatic technology, allows for use in demanding applications. Sealing tubular bags can be done using a variety of techniques, including heat sealing, impulse sealing, hot air sealing, and ultrasonic sealing.

Flexible Packaging for Pet Food

The fully automatic metal can sealing machine series may be used to seal tinplate packing cans in a variety of can factories. For example, pet food packing cans, cooking oil, paint, motor oil, and so forth. 3L-4L rectangular cans, 16L-20L conical pail and neck-in drum 18L-20L square cans, and 1-5L round cans are the most common types of metal cans to be sealed.

Conclusion

Many cat owners, as well as their beloved pets, can attest to the convenience of proper sealing of pet food. For more can sealing services, contact us, at Levapack .

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