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Overcoming challenges with our popcorn packaging machine

Published on October 6, 2017

Here at Ohlson Packaging, we have a team of engineers and support staff that dedicate their time and effort to helping our clients and customers to resolve problems and challenges they may have with their packaging systems.

One of the benefits of working directly with our customers is in finding out new ways to customize our machines to offer an even greater range of packaging and bagging options. A good example of this is the trend we’ve seen from small to mid-sized companies who need a popcorn packaging machine to get into the niche market for gourmet popcorn sales.

Marketing Considerations

Before starting to look at any features and functions of a popcorn packaging machine, we recommend thinking about your packaging needs. Not all baggers are able to use the same types of bags or include the same packaging options.

Most gourmet popcorn is sold on what is known a pillow pack. These are bags that are typically made from film, which means that our vertical form fill seal machine (VFFS) is often a good option. These bags can be small for individual servings or snack size bags to much large bulk or family sized bags.

The pillow pack has the additional benefit of a gas flush or modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) which uses inert gasses to fill the bag and protect the popcorn. This is essential as without this pillow the contents of the bag would be crushed in boxing and transport, decreasing the visual appeal of the product and hurting the brand.

Our snack packaging machines are able to pre-weigh the popcorn, form the bag, fill the bag, flush the gas and seal the bag all in one cyclic operation. This provides for consistent, identical bags that offer protection for your product, a full seal all the way around the bag for freshness, and just the amount of packaging materials required.

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