The Different Kinds of Food Packaging 

Maybe you’re a chef who wants to bring recipes to the retail world and supermarkets, or maybe you want new ways to package said products. 

You also may own food trucks and want new containers. There are so many possibilities, and it’s important to definitely explore it. 

Here, we’ll go over each of the different food packaging types, and why they’re good for one type of retailer or another. 

Flexible Pouch containers 

Flexible pouches are one of the fastest growing, and a lot of the global market is changing to this. 

Why is it good? 

Well first and foremost, they leave a much tinier carbon footprint, and take up les space. 

They also stand up, which companies like. They also are much cheaper too. 

Consumers also like these because they’re resistant to shatter, have nice features, and you can even add valves that help with sealing the product. 

You see this in a lot of coffees, used to seal the product and prevent spoilage. 

They also have design perks too, since they can be 3D printed on. 

Containers and Jars 

Containers and jars are good materials for packaging, and glass has been very popular. 

They have that feeling of luxury compared to different materials, and they are transparent, which lets people see inside, so they can view the product before purchasing. 

They’re also recyclable too, and they offer a big carbon footprint and are sustainable packaging too in most cases. 

The one downside is that they are more expensive when it comes to shipping, and if dropped, it does affect cleanup. 


Clamshell packaging is pretty much similar to carded packaging, and are used mostly to package consumer goods, and are oftentimes used either to replace or along with blister packs too. 

They’re made from plastic, paper, plant materials, or even Styrofoam. 

They offer two shells, where they’re connected, in order to clasp it. 

They’re used to package everything, and are used in restaurants as well, oftentimes known as takeout boxes too, and are a great product for retailers. 

The downside to this, is that it’s not very recyclable.  There is some made form PET materials, and are recyclable, but if they’re compostable, they won’t be. 


Another product that’s survived its time, cans have been around since 1920 and are even sometimes considered collector’s items. 

They’re made with aluminum, and they are totally recyclable, affordable, and have a high resistance to shatter. 

They’re usually used for packaging meats, vegetables, different sauces, and even canned soups and other dishes. 

There are also cans used in beverage packaging, such as water, energy drinks, and sodas too. 

They’re totally recyclable, and usually offer a better alternative to creating less of a carbon footprint compared to plastic, but flexible packaging is definitely lower. 

The cans also need to be cleaned out before sent to recycle, and if it’s not good enough, they’ll be sent towards the landfill as well. 

Shrink Wrap 

Shrink wrap, or shrink film, is pretty much film that’s put over foods, and is then sealed, and then they move through a machine that will help to fully seal the product itself. 

This also provides a really nice sheen that’s glossy on the products in a way that catches the eye of the consumer who sees it on a shelf. 

This is used not just for food, but also electronics, consumer goods, even CDs and books as well. 

And these are but a few of the packaging types that you can use, and they are becoming more popular as well as time goes on.