There are as many types of food packaging products as there are types of food products, however, there are four that are best for snack food products. These four are flexible pouches, paperboard boxes, hard plastic, and glass containers. Each of these different types of packaging has its own advantages and disadvantages that will be explained in this article.

Flexible pouches

This refers to a type of packaging that is made of a wide variety of materials from plastic, to aluminum. They are commonly used for items such as granola and drink pouches. They have become increasingly popular over the last few decades. This popularity has come from the fact that they are resealable and have a low impact on the environment. They take up very little space in landfills and have almost no wrap rage (an unpleasant condition characterized by an emotional response towards packaging that is difficult to open). Some of the positives of flexible pouches are easy to open, low carbon footprint, affordable, resealable. However, there are negatives which include difficulty to recycle, may change the flavor of food, low resistance to temperature extremes during storage.

Paperboard Boxes

Paperboard boxes are also very popular because they are sturdy, can be used for branding on all sides, are recyclable, and customers are familiar with them. They also offer more protection to the contents than flexible pouches. Typically, they come in rectangular shapes both other shapes are also possible. Sometimes they also contain a plastic bag inside such as cereal boxes, another type of paperboard box is those with small plastic windows so the product inside can be seen. Some positives are that they are easy to source, full branding on all sides, recyclable, and are easy to open. Some negatives of paperboard are that they are costly, they often end up in landfills, and they have a high carbon footprint.

Hard Plastic Containers

These are another very common type of packaging for snack foods, they often have an easy to remove snap-on lid. Most of these containers are made from an easy to recycle type of plastic. The majority of them are resealable and have low warp rage potential. Some advantages include they are easy to source, sturdy, recyclable, easy to clean, and easy to open. Some disadvantages include they are costly, higher carbon footprint, and are expensive to ship.


Although very common glass is not as common as the other types of packaging due to its disadvantages, namely that it is cumbersome and prone to breaking while in transit. Glass on the other hand is very easy to recycle and provides an air of sophistication and quality to the product. Due to being transparent glass allows the customer to visually inspect the product before purchasing it. Some advantages of glass include it is easy to open, recyclable, resealable. Some disadvantages of glass are that it is prone to breaking and cracking, expensive to ship, although it is easy to recycle often ends up in landfills due to it being contaminated.