After ten years that has seen rapid growth in the use of vacuum packaging machines by businesses, it appears as though this trend is looking to continue. A market report recently estimated that vacuum packaging machines will see a compound annual growth rate of up to 5% by 2022. But why are vacuum sealing machines so popular? And why will vacuum sealing continue to rise in popularity?
1 – Vacuum sealing reduces food spoilage
Edible food products are vulnerable to spoilage by bacteria or fungi that are present in the air or on the surface of the product. Vacuum packaging can dramatically lengthen the amount of time it takes for this spoilage to occur by removing air surrounding food products that contains these bacteria or by preventing their growth by starving the for oxygen. For instance, meat and fish shelf life can be extended from days to weeks. And the shelf life of dry products such as sugar and rice can be extended from weeks to years by vacuum sealing. Businesses can enjoy larger profit margins by reducing the costs of wastage from food spoilage by using vacuum packaging machines.
2 – Reduces damage to products
A vacuum seal reduces the access of pests, moisture and dust as well as extreme cold from freezing that can cause freezer burn
3 – Demand
The market for hygienic and eco-friendly products has grown and is projected to continue growing within Europe over the coming years. As customers begin to demand more ethical and healthy food products that are free from preservatives, so too do they demand healthier packaging options. Vacuum sealing products both obfuscates the need for preservatives by extending naturally extending shelf life, and can also prevent the access of gasses or materials that can contaminate food products thus making vacuum sealed products healthier. Likewise, there are also market trends towards concerns for sustainability and reducing food wastage. As vacuum sealed products can prevent a dramatic amount of food wastage, it is projected that support for vacuum sealing will grow in the coming years.
4 – Transportation
As vacuum packing machines remove the air surrounding food products, vacuum sealed products are often more compact and thus easier and more economical to store. When shipping products on a large scale, more economical packaging can save money on transportation costs and storage space needs.
5 – Convenience
There has also been a trend in the European market towards packaged food products over freshly prepared meals. As packaged foods become more popular, so too do economical and effective packaging options such as vacuum sealing.
6 – Use outside of food products
Vacuum sealing machines are not only useful for food products. Because vacuum sealing prevents the access of moisture and dust that can cause damage to pharmaceutical products, the use of vacuum packing machines has gained traction within the pharmaceutical industry. So called ‘smart packaging’ such as vacuum packing also enables pharmaceutical companies to monitor the freshness and product quality to be monitored, thus increasing product safety and reducing wastage costs.