Plastic food service packaging enables a mobile and modern lifestyle by providing a convenient, affordable way to enjoy meals, snacks and drinks. But there’s more to it than that. Public food service establishments such as restaurants, zoos, coffee shops, hospitals and schools could serve hundreds or thousands of people in a day. Because a plastic tray is hygienic, it’s used in many situations where peace of mind about food safety is critical. It’s one less worry about whether the dishwasher was working or which kid had the sniffles. Aside from plastic tray there also other ways plastic items are used for food and drinks.
Flexible plastic film, commonly known as plastic wrap, helps keep foods wrapped tightly, reduces exposure to air, and helps keep moisture in and odors out. It is strongly advised that consumers overwrap all packaged products for long term storage to help provide an extra layer of protection against freezer burn. High-temperature boiling and cooking film pouches allow consumers to take food from the freezer to the stove or microwave all in the same package. These innovative pouches are sometimes made with gusseted bottoms so they can stand up and often have integrated vent systems to regulate steam pressure and achieve even cooking. Some even have easy-open features for scissors-free opening. It is also used to preserve liquids. Homemade soups, stews, pie fillings and other liquids are freezer regulars for many people but packaging them properly for cold storage can be tricky. Liquids expand when frozen so glass containers sometimes shatter. Rigid plastic containers with air-tight, snap on tops are popular for freezing liquids. They resist cracking at low temperatures and protect foods from absorbing other flavors and odors. Versatile plastic storage containers come in a myriad of sizes and shapes. Small plastic containers and bags can be used to freeze small portions which allows for faster defrost and serving control. Also, using small containers helps food freeze quickly and minimizes bacteria growth.
Consumers are always on the lookout for plastic food packages that offer convenience, and ongoing innovations in plastics design continue to deliver or even better. These same innovations are helping with a more sustainable future, too. Lightweight, efficient plastic packaging protects products from farms and other sources to grocery shelves to kitchen tables while preserving freshness and reducing waste. That's why it is important because the lighter weight means more products can be shipped using less energy, which helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Plastic products is indispensable in the modern world.