The Musts of Meat Packaging

The United States’ food supply chain is among the safest in the world, largely because the people who process, package, and transport food to customers across the country take their jobs seriously. This is especially true when it comes to packing and shipping meat, which have greater risks of carrying food-borne illnesses and other contaminants. Workers in the meat industry have a long list of “musts” to keep in mind when storing and shipping their products, and while safety and high quality are the top concerns, they also need to consider factors like space efficiency, cost effectiveness, and environmental impact.

ProBin understands the importance of proper packaging for meat products, and we want to help make sure that the product gets from the processing plant to the customer’s table as safely as possible. That’s why we designed our one-of-a-kind bulk containers with our own list of “musts” in mind, so that everyone from production workers to delivery drivers can use them while sticking to best practices.

The Value of Proper Packaging

Temperature, oxygen, and moisture are the three biggest enemies when it comes to keeping meat products fresh. To prevent the growth of bacteria, it’s vital to keep meat below 40 degrees Fahrenheit (5 Celsius), and frozen if it’s being stored for a long time. Even when properly refrigerated or frozen, over time oxidation will cause meat to spoil and eventually go rancid. And moisture can play host to all sorts of harmful microbes, viruses, and other contaminants. Apart from the health concerns, the wrong combination of moisture and temperature can lead to freezer-burn, ruining the quality and flavor of the meat.

Proper packaging must act as an effective barrier against moisture and oxygen, in order to extend the meat’s shelf-life and help keep its quality. A durable seal on the package must prevent moisture from leaking into the meat, and can reduce the exposure to oxygen. And the packaging must be able to be frozen to keep microbes from growing.

The Big Needs of Bulk Storage

Apart from individual packaging, it’s also important to choose the right materials for bulk storage and shipping meat. Containers should be space efficient in order to fit several into a space, and durable enough to withstand the rigors of travel. They should also be secure from the elements, especially resistant to water, with as little risk of breaks or leaks as possible.

In addition, bulk containers should be made of materials that are easily available, reducing the cost to make them. And ideally, they should be environmentally friendly to reduce the amount of waste, and to stay within local and state laws regarding environmental impact.

Our Ultimate Storage Solution

We designed our Ultimate Bulk Bin to meet all of these musts. ProBin’s containers are made to carry as much product safely and reliably as possible, while taking up less cargo space than traditional bins. The bin itself is dense and durable to withstand impacts and crushing, and the unbreakable outer sleeve provides extra strength on all sides to keep it secure, while also adding an extra layer of protection against water.

The Ultimate Bulk Bin does away with straps and belly bands, making it easy to assemble and reduce the cost of packaging. And it’s made of 100% recyclable materials, making it eco-friendly and helping improve your green score card.

Quality is Always a Must

Other shipping containers leave a lot that could be better, or should be better. We don’t stop at “could” or “should.” Meeting the needs of the meat industry is always a “must” for us.

Interested in an affordable bulk storage solution for your meat products? Contact us today to learn how ProBin Global can help!