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" A level of anxiety took over as we worked through the pandemic, " he
Tamper-evident
packaging is more
important than ever
post-COVID.
said. " The thought going through everyone's mind was, 'Who touched
this apple or cucumber before me?' Wasn't that the elephant in the
room for all of us? "
Restaurant and grocery home delivery skyrocketed during the
pandemic, and with it came a new layer of food safety-related anxiety.
According to a 2019 US Foods survey, 28% of drivers admitted to eating
food from deliveries. That's where companies like Innoseal come in,
Rebh said.
" Consumers have a raised level of awareness to food safety and
tamper-evident packaging is now expected. I still believe that a level
of anxiety exists and will continue. How do we make the consumer
comfortable again? "
Focusing on the seal, not the package
Delaware, Ohio-based Inno-Pak LLC tries to think of tamper-evident
cold foods cold), but also for ensuring that food made it to consumers
in the most sanitary manner, with the least touchpoints possible.
" We saw packaging lines with tamper-evident or tamper-resistant
items expand to larger and smaller sizes, or different shapes to
accommodate more products, " Dempsey said. " Throughout the
pandemic, and now as we move into the post-COVID world, delivery
and curbside sectors remain in high demand. "
In recent years, the industry has seen more stickers, seals and labels
that would help indicate any sort of tampering to the package or
product, Dempsey said.
In the past several years, global demand for tamper-evident
packaging has risen, driven by growing markets and more educated
consumers, said Jeff Rebh, president and CEO of Innoseal Systems Inc.,
whose US headquarters are in Charlotte, N.C.
The company's Professional Innoseal Solution is a tamper-evident
bag-closing system that uses a resealable tape and paper combination
to seal products for a variety of industries. It's most widely used in retail
grocery fresh perimeter departments.
" Consumers are increasingly aware of changes in the world and
food safety is paramount, " Rebh said. " Our approach is unique in that
tamper evident sealing systems are our primary design focus and core
competency. "
While its Professional Innoseal Solution is the product most
widely used in the perimeter, Innoseal's L Sealer Solution is also used
in perimeter departments for retailers looking for larger bags for
bulk areas.
Among the trends in the tamper-evident packaging space is an
increase in demand for flexibles and simplicity, and consumers
choosing packaged over bulk for fear of contamination.
To keep up with these trends, Innoseal is in constant conversation
with its customers about what new solutions they're looking for.
One example is Innoseal's Inno-Box, which includes 20 Sets of
Innoseal's X-Refill with one free X-Sealer. Inside the box is a DIY
assembly kit for building the box.
One thing that disappeared immediately in supermarkets during the
pandemic were bulk bins and " you pick it " areas, Rebh said. Stores were
creating ready to go packages for consumers so that it minimized direct
access to the product.
differently, said Nathan Schultz, the company's creative director.
" Most everything that would be delivered or carried out comes in
a bag, so why does every package that goes into that bag have to be
tamper evident? " Schultz said. " All that really needs to be done is to
secure the bag those packages come in. "
If you secure the bag, you secure all the food inside it, he added.
That's how Inno-Pak came up with its Handle Cuffs tamper-evident bag
seals. The product's sleeves seal the entire bag shut, gusset and all, and
can be used with almost any rope handle or flat handle bag.
Handle Cuffs, Schultz said, minimize the changes users need to make
to their packaging, and they helps keep SKUs to a minimum.
The seals were originally designed for restaurants, but they're also
great in supermarket applications, Schultz said.
" As supermarkets grow their business in the fresh food segment
through prepared meals, hot bars, and other areas, we see Handle Cuffs
as a solution for anything that would be ordered online or prepared and
packed into a bag ahead of time for customer pick-up. "
While Inno-Pak is currently focusing its efforts on seals rather than
tamper-evident packs, the company is currently working on some
different grab-and-go packaging options that incorporate tamperevident
features, Schultz said.
COVID definitely drove higher demand for tamper-evident packaging,
said Nathan Kraatz, Inno-Pak marketing specialist. And the company
believes that that demand will continue to increase well after the
pandemic.
" It brought the issue of food tampering to the forefront, although it
was already on many people's minds, " Kraatz said.
Kraatz cited a US Foods study showing that 85% of restaurant
customers want restaurants to use tamper-evident packaging. And that
study was conducted before the pandemic.
Balancing tamper-resistant with freshness
Fifteen years ago, Shelton, Conn.-based Inline Plastics' R&D team
developed its Safe-T-Fresh technology, the first products in what came
to be the tamper-evident clamshell market we know today. Inline
currently offers more than 100 shapes and sizes under the Safe-TFresh
banner, said Cindy Blish, the company's associate brand and
communications manager.
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