How to Find a Food Grade Plastic Manufacturer

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How to Find a Food Grade Plastic Manufacturer
Not all food grade plastics are safe for use in the microwave. (microwave image by Adrian Hillman from

You can find a food grade plastics manufacturer that will make safe plastics to hold any food product. Food grade plastics are specially formulated to keep out oxygen without leaching dangerous chemicals into the foods they hold. Many food grade plastics manufacturers make a variety of containers and plastic materials. Researching industrial food operations and plastics businesses will guide you to a supplier that makes the ideal food grade plastic to hold a particular food product.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Determine the type of food grade plastic container and seal you want to put the food product into. Foods that are light sensitive may need to be stored in opaque packaging. A viewing window in the package allows the customer to see the product they are buying.

  2. 2

    Contact top food packaging companies like Tetra Pak, AMCOR, Owens-Illinois, Crown Holdings, Rexam, and Alcan Packaging to get information about their food grade plastic packaging. Check labels from major name brand food products in plastic containers that are similar to the product you intend to package. Look for information on the company that made the packaging including an address, website or toll-free number.

  3. 3

    Search for food grade plastics manufacturers in the local area by asking other food purveyors in the area about their experiences with food packaging companies. Some food production facilities form their own food grade plastic containers on site.

  4. 4

    Compare the pricing quotes and information from all the plastics companies you have contacted to make a final decision on the manufacturer to go with. Make sure the company you choose respects the food product and protects its quality throughout the process.

Tips and warnings

  • Strong mylar plastics layered with thin sheets of aluminium are an effective barrier to sunlight in addition to air and moisture.

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