The pandemic and ensuing economic challenges have affected nearly every industry, and the food and beverage industry is no exception. As consumers look to save money and spend more time at home, they’re spending less time in restaurants—and more time preparing their own meals. Savvy food and beverage companies are looking for ways to differentiate their offerings to attract more customers.
There are two segments of the food and beverage industry, which offer two prime opportunities for a company to stand out: production and distribution. Production includes meat processing and the creation of packaged foods and drinks, as well as the packaging that protects these items. Creating new food products or selling established items in new flavors or shapes appeals to consumers looking to try something different, and innovative packaging is another key element that helps drive sales.
Using tamper-evident tapes can be an important part of food and beverage safety, but that’s not all labels and adhesives can do for your food products. Custom adhesive tapes can play a variety of roles in the industry, serving safety, convenience, and aesthetic purposes.
For food and beverage safety, FDA-approved tapes must be used with food products. Title 21, Part 174 of the Code of Federal Regulations addresses indirect food additives, which are any substances that could come in contact with food but aren’t meant to be a part of the food. That includes packaging and food processing equipment. FDA-approved food-grade adhesives are safe for use with food products.
Custom adhesive tapes can be permanent or temporary to meet your needs for packaging that holds up during transportation and handling. Different solutions are available for frozen or refrigerated foods, pharmaceuticals, and more, depending upon the unique needs of the product itself, the type of packaging it’s in, and the environment in which it will be stored. These adhesive products include:
- FDA-Approved Tapes, Foil Tapes, and Other Adhesives
- Metal-Detectable Tapes
- Tamper-Evident Labels
- Pressure Sensitive Labels
- Freezer Grade Tapes
- Produce Tapes
- And More
People generally tend to think of adhesives as holding a package together and sealing it for freshness. This is true, but those tapes can serve several other functions, from safely containing the food to providing evidence of tampering, offering the consumer the opportunity to reseal the package, and listing information about the product inside.
Custom adhesive tapes also play a role in the production and distribution processes. You may see them on the warehouse floor, directing foot traffic or identifying boundaries, or in the truck, holding bundles of products together or sealing the boxes that take your products to the store shelves.
There are a variety of applications within the industry where you’ll see tapes, labels, and other adhesives at work, including:
- Masking, splicing, and sorting
- Processing and packaging
- Pouch and bag closures and resealable closures
- Stretchable palletizing systems for shipping
- And more
For more than 25 years, NADCO has specialized in custom adhesive tapes and labels for a wide range of industries, including food and beverage. Our research and development department can help you create an adhesive that’s ideal for your specific application—at NADCO, if you can imagine it, we will make it stick. We are Florida’s first LEED Silver Certified manufacturer and a UL-authorized label supplier with JAS-ANZ accreditation. Our state-of-the-art facility features 35,000 square feet of warehousing space, allowing us to maintain a large inventory of products to streamline your order. From tamper-evident tapes and food and beverage labels to antimicrobial film, reflective tapes, die cut label products, high-temperature masking dots, and so much more, NADCO is your trusted partner for all things adhesive. Our customer care team is attentive, responsive, and friendly, ensuring you get the help you need when you need it. Contact us to learn more about our custom solutions, or request a quote for your project today.