Packaging Tips

Packaging is an important element of food delivery business. A bad packaging can ruin the experience for the consumer, even if the food taste goods. This section will help you understand common mistakes in packaging & reduce your packaging complaints

Common Terms

1. Foodgrade - While you are maintaining best hygiene standards in your kitchen to make sure your food is safe for consumption, the packaging might not be safe to handle food. Non food grade packaging might cause harmful chemical to mix into your food, making it unfit for consumption and can cause serious health issues to your consumer. FSSAI regulations make it mandatory for all restaurants to use food grade packaging.
2. Recyclable – Recyclable means that packaging can be processed by industries and converted to new materials & objects. For e.g., a plastic container can be recycled into dust bin, or a glass bottle can be recycled into a brand new container. Recyclable packaging helps in reducing the waste and conserves the environment

Some common tips

1. Avoiding leakage and spillage from packaging
a. Do not use aluminium foil containers or paper boxes for liquid and gravy items
b. Use a flat base carry bags to keep the containers straight during delivery
c. Put Swiggy tapes around the lid to stop it from popping open
d. Do not fill the container to the brim, leave some space open on the top for movement
e. Use containers which are thick and do not bend easily. Test this by trying to squish the container with your hand

2. Maintain temperature of your food
a. Do not pack hot and cold food together (say a gravy dish and milkshake). Use separate containers

3. Preserving your food
a. Use containers which do not crumble when stacking one on top of other
b. If you are packing Pizza (or any other steaming food), make sure ipackaging has holes to let steam go
c. Use a pizza saver on top of Pizza to preserve pizza topings

4. Giving convenience to consumer
a. Do not pack your food in plastic pouches as the consumer might not have bowls/cutlery with thim (for e.g. in office).
b. Do not pack your food in individual containers, instead use a meal tray
c. If you are using a meal tray, do not close the top by heat sealing a plastic film. It becomes difficult for consumer to tear the film and can cause more leakages. Use a lid with the meal tray.
d. Always give cutlery, tissue paper, straws etc with your food.