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Food packaging is one of the cores of the modern food industry in Malaysia and very few foods sold in the market are without packaging. Good food packaging reduces waste by ensuring that the food is able to be kept at its best conditions for a longer period of time, a longer shelf life. However, that is just the functionality aspect of a common food packaging. A great food packaging should at the same time be able to deliver the brand of the seller, the marketing message that they are trying to deliver, and at the same time be eye-catching and able to instill the consumers’ curiosity in trying the food.

What are the different types of food packaging in Malaysia?

Different types of food packaging will depend on the size and nature of your food product. For example, some vendors bulk-sell large amounts of a product using cardboard as a form of food packaging. They may also have internal food packaging that further protects the product. Suppliers of individual beverages typically use custom glass or plastic containers to transport and sell their products. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to food packaging. You can even develop food packaging designs specific to your company or brand – this makes your products more noticeable to consumers and aids in marketing.


1. Why food packaging is important?

Food packaging is important as it protects the food and water once they are in a permanent home. The packaging also protects the food for a long period of time not allowing it to go to waste. The packaging also provides us with all the necessary information we need such as nutrition information and where to store the food. Packaging allows you to reseal unused foods in the result that you don’t need to use the content all in one go.

2. How does packaging keep food safe?

Plastic packaging helps in protecting food from natural deterioration over time. This happens via chemical, physical and biological protection. Plastic is the most efficient material when it comes to protecting against these sources of harm. Oxygen and other gases are particularly harmful to most foods.

3. How to design food packaging?

It is really important when designing food packaging materials to understand the company and the product very well. You also need to understand who your audience is. Pin down the requirements of the packaging design. Once you have remembered all of the requirements you can get creative with the right materials and colours. Ask yourself key questions such as, “ What materials will allow maximum protection and freshness?”, “ How long will my product sit on the shelf before consumption?” or “Will the shape and size prevent me from easily shipping my products to retailers?.”

4. What are food packaging materials?

Materials that have been traditionally used in packaging are materials such as glass, metal, paper, cardboard and of course plastic. Plastic is the most common packaging method, however, nowadays many companies are trying to reduce their use of plastic in packaging and are using alternatives. Aluminium is also widely used for products such as beer, canned foods and animal food. Cardboard and glass are also used for numerous foods such as take away boxes and foods such as jam, honey and alcoholic beverages.

5. What food packaging can be recycled?

Many packaging items have instructions on the information section on how to throw away your waste. Before you recycle any of your waste make sure you remove any of the food or drink left over by rinsing it in washing up water. Squash items down to make more room in the bin. Food cans, drink cans and plastic bottles can be widely recycled at home or at recycling centres. Cardboard boxes and tubes, cartons, glass bottles, glass jars and foil trays are all fine to recycle.