Stand up pouches offer flexible packaging options for the food packaging industry, making them a popular option in the market today. Instead of traditional box shipping, which can cost more and fails to optimize space, stand up pouches provide an inexpensive, convenient solution for both manufacturers and consumers.
Before using stand up pouches or stand up bags, you should consider the following questions:
In addition to budget, packaging machinery and materials, product weight, size, width, and height should all be considered when selecting the right packaging. These variables will help you collaborate effectively with a packaging vendor to find the most suitable packaging solution for your needs, budget, and packaging line.
Measure the size, width, and height of your products. Understanding these dimensions will allow you to choose packaging options that can accommodate the specific size requirements and provide optimal protection for your items.
Take into account the weight of your products. This is an essential factor in selecting packaging materials that can adequately support and protect the items during storage and transportation.
Assess the packaging machinery and materials you currently have. Consider their capabilities, limitations, and compatibility with different types of packaging. This will help determine if any adjustments or upgrades are needed.
To choose the right type of packaging, it is important to consider your budget. Determine how much you are willing to spend on packaging materials and services.
There are certainly many benefits that come from the use of stand up pouches. They are highly customizable, optimize storage and display space, are cost-effective and eco-friendly, and create attractive packaging that appeals to consumers.
Stand Up Pouches Styles
Apart from their versatility in packaging needs, stand-up pouches also provide a strong shelf presence that differentiates your products from those of your competitors. It is important to know the three basic types of stand up pouches in order to optimize your merchandising and marketing initiatives. The main difference between the styles of pouch design lies in the bottom (or the gusset) of the bag.
Doyen Stand Up Pouches
The Doyen style of stand-up pouch – also called Round Bottom or Doypack – is the most common type of design. These bags feature a U-shaped gusset, which means that lightweight products lie on a stable base and can stand upright without the danger of tipping or falling over. In general, Doyen pouches are a good fit for products that weigh less than one pound.
Recommended products to package in the Doyen style include:
- Small snacks (such as children’s snacks)
- Small grains
This is the preferred design for products that weigh between one and five pounds. The design is called a “K-seal” because the seals on the gusset resemble the letter K. The K-seal design holds a higher volume of product at the bottom. This design also mitigates the risk of punctures or tears, since the sides of the package are constructed to cave in at 30-degree angles.
The best products for K-seal pouches include:
- Dry mixes
- Snack foods
The Corner Bottom – also called Plow Bottom or Folded Bottom – is the sturdiest of the pouch designs. It is recommended for products that weigh five pounds or more. Since the products are heavier, there are no seals in the bag’s gusset. The product is flush with the gusset, and lies uniformly at the bottom. Instead, seals are placed at the sides or top of the pouch—for example, a tear-off seal on the top.
Recommended products for the corner bottom design include:
- Other granular products
Benefits of Custom Stand Up Pouches
With many years of experience in the food packaging sector, Econo-Pak enjoys a clear understanding of the needs of both industries and consumers. Econo-Pak offers a wide selection of stand up pouches, which can provide the following benefits to the customer:
- A higher level of protection from external contamination
- Greater flexibility in package customization (colors, materials, finishes, etc.)
- A variety of available display options (hanging holes, bottom gussets)
- Eco-friendly options (such as rice-paper designs)
- Greater aesthetic appeal