From gift boxes to cake boxes, packaging is an essential part of the modern world. Packaging come in different materials. Aside from paper and cardboard, you will also see many packaging made of glass, metal, plastic, and wood. They also come in a great variety of shapes and sizes. Some are designed for shipping, some for warehouse storage, and others for holding hazardous materials.

Paper cartons and cardboard boxes are the most widely used materials for packaging. They are used to contain food, tobacco products, and detergents.  They are also used for numerous household appliances, television sets, toys, and other large items. The rectangular shapes of cartons are meant for convenient storage.

Many packaging, especially those containing food, are lined with thing plastic, metal-foil, or waxed-paper for better durability and protection. Some linings provide insulation to protect either the product from external temperature, or the customer from hot items. In some larger cartons the unfilled space around the product may be packed with light pieces of plastic to prevent damage to the contents during shipping and carrying.

The most recognizable metal package is the cylindrical tin can that opens at the top. These cans are used mostly for processed foods, beverages, paints and varnishes, some cosmetics, and a few tobacco products. Contrary to their name, tin cans are usually made of aluminum or steel. In the case of steel cans, a thin plating of tin may be used to protect the steel from reacting with certain chemicals. In some cases, a coat of lacquer or plastic is used instead. Most cans are round, but rectangular shapes are occasionally used for larger package to help save storage space requirement.

The fast food industry is one of the biggest business industries in the world. The industry provides a key need for the current lifestyle of many people: affordable food that is served very quickly. People who work long hours have very little time and energy to cook their own food. A fast food establishment is like their savior after every long day. The industry is fulfilling a need.

fastfood boxAs important as the industry may be, there are also some serious problems that come with it. If you ever looked at a dumpster behind a fast food establishment, you will see just how much fast food cartons, paper carrier bags, paper cups and other packaging material wastes that they produce every day.

These trash has to end up somewhere. That somewhere usually is at various parts of the environment. There are rivers, canals and streams that are suffering from obstruction caused by some of the trash that have been improperly disposed or carried by floods or rainwater runoffs from the dumpsite.

Several years ago, the material of choice for fast food packaging was plastic. This was problematic since the type of plastic used was not easy to recycle, produces a massive amount of pollution to produce and non-biodegradable.

In order to alleviate this problem, fast food businesses are now using packaging materials. The fast food cartons that are easier to dispose and recycle, and have shorter life in the environment is a godsend for people who care deeply for the environment.

When it comes to pastry business, appearances matter a great deal. The presentation of the food products is limited to only the food itself but also includes the packaging. Pastries are luxury food and the pastry cartons must be designed in such a way that compliments its luxurious nature.

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The corrugated cartons are one of the most widely used material for packaging. It is cheap and easy to produce and offers a sturdy structure that protects the products within. Its structure also makes it possible to stack packages such as the case with corrugated carton boxes. It is only sensible for any pastry business looking to minimize packaging cost to investigate the viability of corrugated cartons as pastry boxes.

Unfortunately, the finish quality of corrugated cartons is simply not suitable for pastry packaging which requires a significant amount of fancy feel to it. Its positive qualities such as rigidity is moot when it comes to pastry.

With pastry and similar food products, there really is no need for a very sturdy packaging. If you drop a cake, no type of packaging is going to protect it from getting ruined. As such, the focus is mainly on the appearance.

Thin laminated cardboards are the way to go. The laminating process gives it sufficient strength, good looking finish and resistance to heat and moisture. It is also easier to print which is quite advantageous as design and customization is very important tools in marketing.

The food industry is one of the toughest industries to survive in. People have varying tastes and preferences when it comes to food. The industry is also influenced by trends and pop culture. Skills in cooking does not guarantee success. Many enterprising individuals with passion for food and cooking go into restaurant business only to fail a few months later. A huge capital is needed to start a restaurant and the lack of immediate success in the first couple of months equals to significant losses.

The food businesses that are thriving right now are mobile food stalls and food trucks. These types of businesses benefit from the low startup capital and flexibility. A simple menu, a station and some paper bags and food packages are the only things needed to run this sort of business. A food truck owner can easily transfer to other new locations when business in the old location is slowing down. The menu can also be regularly changed to meet the constantly changing taste of customers. Another reason for the success of food trucks and mobile food stalls is the attitude of the target consumers.

Most people who are purchasing food from food trucks do so with the primary intention of eating for sustenance. On the other hand, those who like to go out to expensive fancy restaurants treat it is a luxurious activity. Among these two kinds of customers, the former are more forgiving and appreciative of the flavor and inexpensiveness of the food. The latter, on the other hand, are ruthless which is natural since they expect excellence for the price they are paying. Still, the different nature of customers is a very important factor to consider when deciding to start a food business.