The food industry is massive, covering a huge range of different business types who all require quality takeaway packaging to keep contents safe. Whether it's catering companies providing lunch at corporate events, a popular restaurant chain that also offers home deliveries or a neighbourhood deli that sell fresh local produce, one thing all food businesses can do to stand out from the rest is create eye-catching packaging. There are endless options available, each available in different aesthetics, sizes and with added benefits such as heat retention, advanced printing capabilities and protection from damage. We delve into the most popular types of packaging available to help you establish the best approach for your food needs.


Being one of the classic forms of food packaging, the versatility of food bags makes them suitable for a wide range of products. Fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables are often sold in bags as it helps to portion out the offerings and add an extra level of convenience for busy shoppers. Bags are also particularly effective for a range of snacks as they help keep them fresh for longer shelf life, is commonly used for food such as crisps and chocolates.


Boxes are a popular choice for many businesses thanks to their professional aesthetic and ease of stacking, being ideal for both on the shelf and in storage. Common uses for box packaging include cereals, multipack confectionary and frozen goods as they help contain smaller items in a tidier way and offer a level of protection in comparison to other types of packaging. As well as for food suppliers, takeaway boxes are a go-to option for providers of hot food on the go, helping them measure up the perfect portion with every order and providing customers with a way to enjoy tasty food on the go.


Being a low-cost option for basic items such as chocolate bars, salad bags and grated cheese, flexible food packaging creates a barrier between food and external contaminants such as dust and hands. As it offers limited protection from damage, this type of packaging tends to be used on food items that are not easily harmed and tend to be consumed in a short period of time. This packaging style is also great for transit, requiring little space and meaning a larger quantity can be transported at once.


Another classic form of food packaging is cans, being created using steel or thin metal which is sealed from all angles. Cans tend to be used for food with a long shelf life, such as beans, soups and fruit which can be stored in the cupboard for longer periods of time. By keeping out oxygen and sunlight, the freshness of the contents can last better than other forms of packaging. This method of packaging is effective for its durability, being able to withstand a significant level of strength for added protection. As well as being used for food, many drinks are also stored in cans, such as beer and fizzy drinks.