Flexible packaging has gained significant market share on supermarket shelves during the past several years, with juice, sauces, and other products shifting away from rigid containers.
A major part of that shift is the popularity of pre-made, stand-up pouches, which provide food manufacturers a tremendously marketing-friendly format which sticks out on store shelves and helps generate sales. And even if pre-made bags aren’t designed to stand up – they definitely stand out.
Flexible pouches are also often more environmentally friendly than rigid containers – requiring less energy and resources to produce, and allowing for a greater evacuation of the product to the end user.
The other crucial benefit of pre-made pouches is the flexibility they provide food manufacturers – particularly as they grow from smaller brands, and may be using a semi-automatic solution tied into a multi-head weigher or other filling machine.
The ability to fill a variety of different sized pouches with easy changeover in any given day provides a great deal of flexibility to adjust production on the fly when needed.
Because the pouches are already made, the use of pre-made bags also reduces the level of expertise needed to operate a machine. An entry-level employee can manage the infeed of bags and collection of filled pouches with relatively little training, while a form-fill-seal machine likely requires more extensive training.