Question: To what would you attribute the success of the thermoforming market?
Answer: A key factor to the growing success and popularity of thermoform packaging to both food processors and consumers is the flexibility it offers. For the processors, thermoform packaging allows for a great deal of customization – the tooling can be made to standard size or customized to fit the product’s intended packaged look. Reepack’s thermoform fill seal product line offers customizable elements, mostly with respect to the length and output of the machine, if that is of interest to the customer. Ossid is the North American master distributor for Reepack (https://www.reepack.com/en), a leading manufacturer of tray sealers, thermoformers, and other food packaging machinery.
For the consumers, thermoform packaging really presents the product well. The first bites of any food are really with the eyes, and food packaged on a thermoformer really displays it in a very appealing manner. It can also extend the shelf life of food, which gives consumers extra time to cook it after purchase.
Question: What is your take on what’s happening in this market?
Answer: It is no surprise that food processors and consumers alike are looking for extended shelf life of the products they buy. The last thing a consumer wants is to have their steak, chicken or other protein products become spoiled after just a few days. Thermoform packaging, specifically in the fresh protein market, really shines in this area through increasing shelf life, having a higher acceptance level in retail settings, and aiding in a brand’s pursuit of sustainable initiatives. There is also a cost-savings component to thermoform packaging as rollstock film reduces transportation costs and storage space concerns (when compared to pre-made trays or clamshell-like packaging).
Question: In what market(s) do you see the most opportunity?
Answer: The markets that seem to embrace the value of thermoform packaging is fresh proteins, seafood, and medical devices. That is because it is a very versatile packaging option with many available materials. Thermoform packaging offers excellent product protection, displays the product well and several film materials are sustainable.
Question: What machinery features or options do you feel contribute to the thermoform fill seal packaging equipment growth.
Answer: Reepack machines are quite easy to use and maintain; the learning curve for operation is drastically reduced when compared with others in the industry. Reasons include HMI controls that are offered in dozens of languages, easy open frame for ample access to check, adjust, and repair all parts of the machine, and a fast and easy product changeover.
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