Fres-co Multi-Ply Laminated Bags Take Center Stage at SupplySide East

August 16, 2021 | By The Fres-co Team

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When the world’s leading decision-makers for ingredients and related services gather at one of the industry’s premier conferences, they’ll have the opportunity to learn about Fres-co multi-ply laminated industrial bags—increasingly the packaging of choice for food and feed ingredients.

Billed as the East Coast’s leading ingredients and solutions trade show, SupplySide East will bring together thousands of decision-makers in the food, beverage, dietary supplement, sports nutrition, and personal care markets August 24-25, 2021 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.  For attendees in search of a packaging solution that offers better product protection than kraft paper bags, fiber drums, or bag-in-box at a lower total cost of ownership (TOC), the Fres-co booth at SupplySide East is sure to be a destination.

Clean Label Products Demand Better Protection

As the global decision-makers at this year’s conference have surely experienced, food and feed ingredients are becoming increasingly expensive as companies adopt a clean label approach. With more companies eliminating preservatives, additives, stabilizers, and artificial flavors and colors—and replacing them with more costly alternatives—they’re finding that product loss and damage claims have the potential to add up even faster than before.

A variety of environmental hazards can threaten the quality and integrity of these expensive ingredients during storage and transportation. For instance, moisture exposure can cause a powdered product to harden, while oxygen exposure can result in mold, product degradation, or aroma transfer. The more costly the ingredients, the more costly the resulting waste and claims.

The kraft paper bags historically used in the ingredient industry don’t provide adequate protection from the hazards that today’s high-value food and feed ingredients tend to encounter in transit and storage. Kraft paper bags typically use micro-perforations to avoid package pillowing and allow for more stable palletization, but those perforations leave products more susceptible to moisture, oxygen, and infestation. Paper bags also tend to be stitched close, offering the perfect entry point for environmental hazards.

SupplySide East attendees who are adopting a clean label approach and looking to reduce product waste will appreciate the opportunity to learn about Fres-co’s multi-ply laminated industrial bags. Laminated industrial bags are ideally suited to reducing the environmental risks that can impact food and feed ingredient quality and integrity throughout the supply chain.

  • Laminated bags like those offered by Fres-co use a three- or four-ply barrier to keep out moisture, oxygen, and insects, along with a hermetic seal that provides an airtight closure, unlike gluing or stitching.
  • By design, multi-ply laminated bags enjoy a low moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR) and low oxygen transmission rate (OTR). In fact, Fres-co laminated bags boast a near-zero MVTR and OTR.
  • Multi-ply laminated bags use a one-way degassing valve that allows oxygen to escape but doesn’t allow moisture or oxygen in, improving product quality and shelf life. The degassing valve also keeps the bag from pillowing, for more compact, stable palletization.

Better Safeguards for Exported Products

For SupplySide East attendees who do business globally, protecting ingredients in transit is both critical and challenging. Ingredients shipped over greater distances, for longer transit times, demand longer shelf lives and better product protection. But products transported via ocean containers face even greater exposure to environmental hazards than those shipped by truck, with moisture, humidity, and oxygen posing the biggest threats. For instance, a powdered product shipped over water needs more protection against moisture ingress, which has the potential to affect the product integrity and make it unusable.

Chemical and agricultural chemical companies have discovered that traditional kraft bags aren’t up to the challenge of protecting ingredients shipped globally, even with a liner. The material and design of these bags leave products more exposed to environmental hazards throughout a long transit time, jeopardizing their quality, integrity, and shelf life.

At the SupplySide East conference, Fres-co will showcase its multi-ply laminated industrial bags as an ideal solution for ingredients destined for export. With multiple barrier layers, a hermetic seal, and a one-way degassing valve, laminated bags provide the improved protection exported products need to arrive at their destination free flowing and with their quality, integrity, and shelf life intact. By reducing costly product loss and damage claims, multi-ply laminated bags also reduce packaging TOC for exported ingredients.

If you’re attending SupplySide East 2021, stop by booth #237 and talk with the Fres-co industrial packaging experts about your ingredient packaging goals and needs. Or visit our industrial bags webpage to learn why food and feed ingredient companies are making the switch from kraft paper bags to Fres-co multi-ply laminated bags.



For more than 40 years, Fres-co System USA, Inc. has manufactured high-performance flexible packaging systems and invented dozens of innovative breakthroughs including degassing valves, modified atmosphere technologies, and reclosure systems.


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