Keeping Your Food Safe: The Top Packaging Companies

Melina-DrugaFood safety isn’t something most people think about until something goes wrong.  Surprisingly, though, something does go wrong with regularity.  Annually, illnesses caused by contaminated food or drink strike one in every 10 people, according to the World Health Organization, and there are 33 million deaths.  Contamination can come in many forms including bacteria, parasites and viruses.

While many of these cases come from third world nations, 102.9 million of them occur in Australia, Canada, the European Union and the United States, according to Package Engineering Solutions.  And while the sources of infection were most often from fresh produce, it has been known to come from processed foods such as ice cream, lunch meats, cereal, juices and sauces.

Those most at risk for food-borne illnesses are older than 65 followed by those younger than five, according to the Centers for Disease Control.  Seniors were hospitalized 43% of the time while a third of all deaths globally were children under the age of five.  In the United States in 2015, there were 20,106 cases of food related illness, 22.6% of which serious enough to require hospitalization.

These companies are dedicated to providing customers with the safest food on the market made possible with their innovative packaging.


number-1Constantia Flexibles

Produces packaging for every food and beverage category.


number-2American Packaging Corp.

More than 100 years old, it manufactures pouches and bags out of foil, paper and laminated film.



Designer and manufacturer of thermoformed and injection molded plastic packaging products


1. Constantia Flexibles

“We are the #1 global supplier of beer labels. And make every fourth yoghurt lid. A leading producer of flexible packaging: People, Passion, Packaging!”


“We are a leading global flexible packaging and labels group, with a passion to provide our customers with superior solutions that improve people’s daily lives.”

 – Constantia Flexibles


Headquartered in Vienna, Constantia Flexibles manufactures flexible packaging for food, beverages, personal care and pharmaceuticals as well as labels.  Originally a regional company, Constantia Flexibles began having a global presence this decade.  It is the second market leader in Europe and the fourth globally.

The company formed from Constantia Teich, founded in Weinburg, Austria, in 1912, and Haendler & Natermann, founded in Hann. Münden, Germany in 1825.  It employs workers in 23 nations and in 53 production facilities.  The business is divided between labels, pharmaceuticals and food.

According to the corporate website, it has more than 4,000 clients including Tetra Pak, Mars, Danone, Unilever, PepsiCo and Muller.

Europe has the largest sales at 65.1%, followed by North America at 26.4%.

Food packaging is produced to prevent the contents from being tampered with and to prevent spoilage as well as increasing shelf life.  This division provides the company with 57.2% of its annual sales.

During the first half of 2015, sales were $1.06 billion, a 9.7% increase from the previous year, according to Wendel Group.  When adjusted for currency fluctuation, the increase was 5.4%.

Food-division sales increased 8.5%, 4.9% when adjusted for currency differences, reaching $620 million.  Constantia Flexibles is the top company in the following categories:  aluminum food container systems, die-cut lids, confectionary foil and beer labels, according to Wendel Group.

Since 2010, Constantia Flexibles has won more than 20 international awards for its design.

In 2013, the company increased its global presences by making three major acquisitions:  Globalpack in Mexico, Parikh in India and Spear in the United States.

CEO Alexander Baumgartner says, “…Innovation continues to be installed as a mindset and a must in our corporate culture. We see great potential in the future, which will require further investments in manpower and equipment globally. It is essential for us a global player in the industry that we have another strong pillar of technology focusing on films and laminates, alongside our existing expertise in aluminum-based innovations.”


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2. American Packaging Corp.


“100 Years of Packaging Excellence” – American Packaging Corp.


Found in 1902, American Packaging Corp. (APC) is headquartered in Rochester, New York.  It also has facilities in Iowa and Wisconsin.  The company has only had two owners:  the Kardon and Schottland families.

APC began as a paper-bag company named American Bag and Paper located in Philadelphia.   It moved to Rochester in 1966 after purchasing Northern Packaging, and changed its name in 1982.  Food pouches began being manufactured in 1995.  In addition, the company designs and prints packaging labels.

The company manufactures packages for confections, dry foods and specialty packaging as well as packaging for medical use and for lawn-and-garden products.  Clients include Betty Crocker, Planters, Ready Pac, Bertolli, Kellogg’s and Hershey.

APC has won awards for print designs.  It has won awards for its packaging for:  Lindt Lindor Assorted Chocolates, Tyson Chicken Pouch, John Soules Rotisserie Chicken, Hershey Mounds Island Orange, and Margarittaville Mango Tequila Chicken Wings & Orange Peel Wings.

In the past decade, APC has invested $170 million to upgrade its facilities.

The U.S. food packaging market is forecasted to reach $31.7 billion in value by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 2.9%, according to The Association of Packing and Processing Technologies.  The groups expected to see the highest growth are snacks, and meats and related products.  These groups are in need of new packaging designs as the products offered are changing.  Globally, meats and related products, and candy and confections are the top groups.

Normally, the U.S. does not led the way in food packaging innovation but instead adopts designs created in other nations.  The most innovative markets in the U.S. food packaging industry are snacks, meat and related products, fruits and vegetables, and pet foods.

Flexible, convenient packaging is what American consumers are most looking for on the grocery store shelf.  Since 2012, the amount of plastic used in food packaging has increased 8% and the number of flexible packages has grown 3.5%.


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3. Placon

“When Packaging Matters” – Placon


Founded in 1966, Placon is headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin.  The company designs and produces thermoformed and injection molded plastic packaging products for food, toiletry, cosmetic and medical use.  The plastic used by the company is produced using PET bottles, the plastic marked with the code #1.  Placon is one of few companies producing packaging from post-consumer content.  The packaging can then be recycled after use and reused again.

Placon says it manufactures “plastic packaging that sells, is safe, and that balances the functional with the aesthetic.”

An example of a food package is Justin’s Snack Packs, containers that keep individual-size pretzels and nut butter separate.  In addition, the packaging can stand on its own, making it easier for retailers to display.

Custom food containers also are made for delis.   “It can encompass hot and cold foods. Most of our plastic packaging products are designed with the intent to be used in multiple environments from deli, foodservice to convenience stores,” Jeff Lucash, director of sales−stock products, told Deli Business magazine.

Delis are big business.  Millennials are the most adventurous shoppers when it comes to food and, according to Culinary Visions, 41% shop in a store’s deli every month.  Among shoppers in general, 72% look for food freshness when in the deli.


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