Our Guide To Vacuum Packaging

What is a Vacuum Pouch?


A vacuum pouch is a high quality variety of plastic packaging designed to increase the safety and shelf life of the product sealed inside. While most commonly used for food, it has many other applications also.


A vacuum pouch is created of several layers of plastic laminated together, which serve as oxygen and moisture barriers, protecting the product inside. The product is inserted inside the bag then, using a vacuum packing machine, all the air is removed from the bag before it is sealed, creating a vacuum inside.


This gives the bag its name, as a vacuum prevents oxygen from reaching the food inside, which stops it from deteriorating or growing mold for far longer than ordinary packaging would.



Why should I use a Vacuum Pouch?


Greatly increased shelf life


On average meat kept refrigerated lasts 1-2 days in normal packaging, but up to 2 weeks with vacuum packaging. Other products also gain far longer shelf life





Vacuum pouches present a product well, and you can print straight onto a vacuum pouch for even better presentation



Food Safety


With a vacuum created inside, your product is guaranteed against growing most types of mold and against deterioration



Types of Vacuum Pouches:

How to Use Vacuum Pouches:


Using a vacuum pouch is very simple, as long as you have the correct equipment. You will require a vacuum packer to be able to properly vacuum and seal these machines. We recommend using a chamber vacuum packer for the best results.


Simply fill the pouch with your product, making sure to leave a few centimeters spare at the top. Place the vacuum bag inside your vacuum packer with the open side overlapping the seal bar.


Then follow the machine’s instructions to vacuum then seal the bag and you end up with a safe, perfectly-sealed bag that will keep your product fresh far longer.


Printing Options:


We offer full-colour, located rotogravure printing on a wide range of pouches customized to your needs. This includes various thicknesses or specialties such as stand-up gusseted, tear-nick, zippers or a hang-hole. Our internal design team can help you work out the design and specifications that will suit you best.



Both vacuum pouches and shrink bags create a vacuum inside a bag and then seal it off. However, shrink bags are made of plastic which is designed to wrap tight around a product when placed in hot water after being sealed, while vacuum pouches are not.

None of our vacuum pouches can be put in an oven or microwave. However, the heavy duty pouches can easily be used for gentler cooking methods such as sous vide, boiling or retort cooking process.

While a vacuum pouch like these can work with a home sealer, it is not ideal, and may not give you the best results. Home sealers are designed to be used with orved vacuum pouches, a different, more expensive, type of bag.

The time will depend on the product that you have packed off, and the way you store it. As a general rule, frozen food that is vacuum sealed lasts an average of 2-3 years, while it will last 6-12 months, on average, stored in other ways. Most vacuum sealed foods will last in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks, which is much longer than the typical 1-3 days food will last when stored conventionally in a refrigerator.

The most common types of products packed in our vacuum pouches include Smallgoods, meat, dairy, pre-cooked foods, liquids, bakery goods as well as many more. While vacuum pouches will provide more benefit to some products than others, as long as you need to ensure product safety and shelf life, vacuum pouches will be of use to you.