What Should I Consider Before Ordering Pouches?

Things to consider before ordering

When manufacturers order pouches from CS Pouches; they receive only the best treatment, we like to get things done properly and in a timely manner! Whilst we don’t expect our customers to know exactly what packaging options best suit them (that’s our job after all!), the ordering process can be significantly shortened with just a little preparation.

Here we’ll look at some of the things worth thinking about when ordering with us. Remember, we don’t need all the answers, but considering these factors will ultimately save time.

What Type of Product and its Consistency is Going into the Pouch?

CS Pouches handle a range of product consistencies including liquids. Currently, we only provide Cold Fill for products like sauces and gravy.

How Much Will Be Contained in Each Pouch?

Size, weight and volume, these metrics will determine the pouch and gusset size needed to contain your product. You can refer to the size guide with possible weight indications on this page.

Which Type of Pouch Best Suits my Product?

There are three types of flexible pouch: Doy Style, K-Seal and Three-Sided Seal.

Doy Style Plastic Pouch

Lighter products which need to stand up are best suited to a Doy pouch with a domed bottom gusset will provide the stability you need.

Digitally Printed Pouches

Heavier products which need to stand up are best suited to a K-Seal pouch. A doy pouch’s gusset is not domed, and its angled corners and bottom seal make it better suited to holding up heavier loads.

Bespoke Flexible Pouches

Three Sided Seals are great for products that do not need to stand up. These are often the most economic choice for pouches.

What Type of Material Best Suits My Product?

The type of product going into a pouch will ultimately determine barrier material used to create it. Water Vapour, Gas Barrier, Odour Barrier, Water Resistance and Oil Resistance are factors which need to be considered as different materials each have properties best suited to product types. Consider what may be damaging to your product and what material you might require to give it as long a life expectancy as possible.

For example, biscuits and chocolate or cream products can be marred by humidity and oxidation, meaning a METPET (metalised polyester) container is needed. However, this packaging offers poor protection against water damage, so for wet food, you may need to consider EVOH or aluminium packaging. You can refer to this guide for more details.

What Accessories Should the Pouch Feature?

Another important consideration for your packaging is the accessories.

Printed Pouches Curved Corners

Rounded Corners remove sharp edges and prevent the pouch from damaging other products.

Digitally Printed Pouches Euroslots

Euroslots allow the package to be displayed on Eurohooks.

Digitally Printed Pouches Tear Notch

Tear Notches help customers get into the packaging more easily.

Digitally Printed Pouches Zip Seal

Resealable Zippers allow the customer to seal the pouch, this can improve the shelf life of a product and it also allows customers to re-use the bag.

Bespoke Printed Pouches Viewing Window

Transparent Windows are perfect for displaying your products within the packaging, whilst keeping it safe from the outside environment. You can find more information on transparent windows here.

What Environment Will my Product and Pouch Live In?

Here are some environments to consider:

Dry, Cold, Freezing, Humid, Wet, Extreme Temperatures.

More Technical Considerations

*Note: we will assist you in the consideration of any features mentioned in this article.

  • Packing Methods - Will my pouches be filled from the top or the bottom?
  • What quantity of pouches do I need?
  • The print quality, certifications and barcode required for your pouches.
  • The ‘reel winding’ convention. This relates to the position of the print as it unreels off a role.
  • Pricing.

More Product and Commercial Considerations

*Note: we will assist you in the consideration of any features mentioned in this article.

  • Relevant dimensions and tolerances.
  • The designs that will be featured on your pouches. We’ve got loads of advice and design ideas that are perfect for pouches! Take a look at some of these articles for more advice.
  • Coefficient of slip. This is a measure of the relative ability of various surfaces to resist the slipping of the selected material.
  • Packaging line speed sealing type and dwell.
  • Standards and test methods.

Let’s Create the Perfect Pouch Together

CS Pouches are here to help you get the most out of your product. This list is intended to help you think about some the elements which go into creating the perfect pouch for you!

If you require any assistance; please don’t hesitate to contact us! You can get in touch by emailing sales@cspouches.co.uk or by calling 01902 365840.

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