Meat & Poultry Packaging

In recent years, the meat and poultry packaging industry has experienced a significant shift in consumer preferences and sustainability concerns. One of the most significant trends is the move towards eco-friendly and sustainable packaging materials, such as biodegradable and compostable options. Consumers are also demanding packaging that provides transparency and clear information about the product’s source, nutritional information, and sustainability credentials. Another trend is the rise of convenience packaging, such as portion-controlled and ready-to-cook products, which appeal to time-poor consumers. It eliminates or reduces the need for extensive preparation, cooking, or portioning, making it particularly appealing to those with busy schedules.

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Packaging Films For Meat & Poultry

  • Shrink Films:

    This type of packaging is particularly useful for meat and poultry products as it helps to preserve the quality, freshness, and flavour of the products while preventing contamination and reducing the risk of spoilage. Shrink films also offer excellent clarity and visibility, allowing consumers to see the product’s appearance, colour, and texture. Additionally, shrink films can be customized to suit specific product requirements, such as size, shape, and branding.

  • Ovenable Bags

    Oven-able bags are a popular packaging solution for meat and poultry products that require cooking or reheating. These bags are made from materials that can withstand elevated temperatures, typically ranging from 180°C to 220°C, without melting or degrading. Oven-able bags come in varied sizes and shapes, making them suitable for several types of products, such as whole chickens, turkey breasts, and steaks. The bags can be used to cook or reheat the product in the oven or microwave, eliminating the need for additional cooking dishes. Oven-able bags also provide a clean and convenient cooking method, as they contain any juices or fats that are released during cooking, minimizing mess, and reducing the risk of cross-contamination.

  • Thermoforming Films

    Thermoforming films are commonly used in the meat and poultry industry to create packaging that is both visually appealing and functional. These films are made of thermoplastic polymers that can be heated and formed into a specific shape or size. Thermoforming films are ideal for creating packaging for meat and poultry products, as they can be designed to meet specific product requirements, such as shape, size, and thickness. This type of packaging is typically used for products that require extended shelf life, such as processed meats, sausages, and cold cuts. Thermoforming films provide an airtight seal that helps to preserve the product’s freshness, flavour, and nutritional value, while also protecting it from contamination and external factors such as oxygen and moisture. Additionally, thermoforming films offer excellent clarity, allowing consumers to see the product inside, and can be customized with branding and labelling to improve the product’s shelf appeal.

Meat & Poultry Packaging Machine Applications

Horizontal Flow Wrapping 

This method is used for Flow Wrapped mincemeat which reduces the amount of Film being used by 70%. It is also used for packaging whole chickens in a Cook In Bag which is a Fully PET bag for the chicken industry. At Record we developed the first machine which could pack chicken using both Polyolefin and PET bags.

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Vertical Form Fill Packaging Machines

This method is used in the frozen meat market. It is popularly used for packaging items such as frozen chicken or meat-based pet foods.

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Along with Tray Sealing this represents the most popular method of packaging meat produce in the Irish and UK market. This is because of its hermetic seals and compatibility with Oxygen gas flushing which makes it attractive to use for packaging chickens.

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Machines suitable for Meat & Poultry