Choosing the Right Plastic Container for Your Product
Packaging plays an important role in delivering a successful product to your customers. Packaging affects your products pricing and marketability. You also need to make sure that your product works with the packaging, for example your product may react with different types of plastic or cap liners or you may notice paneling after you fill or ship your product. Paneling is when the side of the bottle collapses distorting the bottles original shape. Aaron Packaging can match you with the right packaging for your product as well as provide packaging options to correct problems you may be having and improve your products marketability.
Packaging for Your Process
Your production process can affect what types of packaging you may use with your product. If your process includes hot -filling bottles you will want to make sure that the temperature at which you fill works with the plastic. The opposite is also true, certain types of plastics do better when frozen or at cold temperatures. Chemicals, oils, and other ingredients in your product may react with plastic or with closure liners, knowing how your product reacts with your chosen packaging is important to learn before you market your product or make changes to your products packaging. We can work closely with you to make sure you have the right packaging for your production process.
Learn more about different plastics temperature thresholds for hot-filled or frozen products.
Packaging and Marketing
The right packaging can help get your product noticed and give you an edge over your competition. Getting someone to notice your product is the first step in gaining a new customer. As a plastic bottle manufacturer Aaron Packaging has an advantage over other distributors and large manufacturers by being able to provide custom bottle and color options.
We are able to create custom packaging for your products with low minimum runs. This means you can have a bottle that is unique to your product. We can work closely with you to develop a bottle that is specifically for your product line helping your products to get noticed. As a smaller manufacturer we can give you the flexibility that larger manufacturers can't in regards to minimum runs and meeting your inventory needs for your production schedule.
Another benefit of being a plastic bottle manufacturer is the ability to make bottles in different colors. Many companies use colors as part of their branding. You may already have a color that you use on your business cards or on your product labeling, why not get a bottle that matches the colors you already use to represent your companies brand. Our low minimum production runs make this a more affordable option than you may realize.
Labels and Printing
Labels and printing on your packaging serve an important marketing need. They not only can catch the eye of your customers they provide important information about your product. Any of the Airlite tubs we stock can be labeled or printed and many of the bottles we manufacture also have the ability to be printed. We currently do not have the capability to apply labels ourselves but are more than happy to help you find a company that can provide this service.
Plastic Properties and Benefits
There are several different plastics used in food grade plastic packaging. As a blow molded plastics manufacturer Aaron Packaging primarily manufactures with the following plastic resins: HDPE (High Density Poly Ethylene, Polypropylene, LDPE (Low Density Poly Ethylene), and K Resin (a type of Poly Styrene).
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)
Many of the bottles Aaron Packaging manufactures are made from HDPE. It is one of the most common plastics used in manufacturing, HDPE is known for its durability and strength. While not as clear as other plastics HDPE bottles and containers are translucent and you are able to see your product inside the bottle. The thicker or heavier the bottle the less clarity the bottles have. HDPE bottles and containers also are able to withstand colder and freezing temperatures very well (-100° F) and higher temperatures moderately well (near 190° F). We are also able to blow HDPE bottles in different colors. Aaron Packaging stocks both natural and white HDPE plastic bottles and containers.
We also manufacture several bottles from Polypropylene. There are a few distinct differences between PP and HDPE. Polypropylene bottles are a contact clear, so even though the bottle appears to be cloudy, when the bottle is filled your product is easily seen. We carry several spice bottles in PP for the clarity. Another benefit of Polypropylene bottles is that they are able to withstand high temperatures, up near 240° F), making bottles and containers made from PP ideal for hot-filling. We stock polypropylene bottles for sauces and other items that may need to be hot-filled. Polypropylene is less suitable for freezing temperatures where it can become brittle; however there are additives that can be added to polypropylene to make it able to withstand freezing temperatures and we stock a wide range of freezer grade polypropylene tubs.
Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE)
The main benefit of Low Density Polyethylene plastic bottles is that they are squeezable making them ideal for condiments, honey, and lotions. LDPE plastic bottles tend to have slightly better clarity than HDPE. Bottles made from LDPE are strong and have very good impact resistance. LDPE can also withstand cold temperatures very well but are not ideal for hot-filled applications.
If you are looking for a glossy clear bottle then a plastic bottle made from K-Resin may be what you are looking for. K-Resin is a type of food grade polystyrene that provides clarity along with very good impact resistance, as opposed to most polystyrene plastic containers that can be very brittle. K-Resin bottles can show off your product very well. We have a wide range of spice bottles as well as several sizes honey bears in K-Resin.
As a distributor we also supply plastic bottles and containers that are made from PET, Polystyrene, and PVC. Here are some of the properties and benefits of bottles and containers made from these plastic resins.
Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET, PETE)
One of the most common plastics used in the food industry is PET or PETE. PET bottles are as clear as glass and are often used to help people see your product. PET bottles do not have as high of temperature resistance (less than 120° F) as HDPE and PP and are not suitable for hot-fill applications without being specifically made for hot-fill by way of additives. It also can only handle cold temperatures to about -40° F. Due to a different manufacturing process than what Aaron Packaging currently uses we do not manufacture any PET bottles. As a distributor we do stock several PET bottles and jars in a variety of sizes.
Polystyrene can be used to make some extremely clear bottles and jars. Many bottles for the nutritional supplement and cosmetic industries are made from Polystyrene. It is more rigid than PET but just as clear. One drawback of polystyrene is that it has lower impact resistance than many of the other plastics and although it is durable it can crack or break with enough force.
Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)
PVC bottles can have good clarity allowing your product to be seen. PVC is the third most produced plastic however it is not as common in food packaging as other plastics. It has good chemical resistance and works well with soaps, lotions, and industrial applications. We stock only a few bottles made from this kind of plastic.