Today’s packaging options seem almost endless. Though most pouches fall into a couple of categories (stand-up and flat pouches), there are multiple options within each of those categories. One popular form of stand-up pouch is the side gusset pouch which is commonly used for storing food items. But, what are side gusset pouches and what are their features and benefits?
You have likely encountered side gusset pouches multiple times in your day-to-day life…especially if you’re a coffee drinker. Indeed, side gusset pouches are probably the most popular packaging choice for coffee and tea because they offer exceptional storage capacity. Additionally, side gusset pouches can be made re-sealable which is very helpful with respect to keeping coffee, tea, and perishable items fresh.
The design features of side gusset pouches are such that they expand when filled – in other words, the packages store virtually flat, but when filled the sides open up to allow more storage. With gussets on both sides of the pouch and a fin seal along the sides, side gusset pouches also allow for horizontal sealing at either the top or bottom end. Typically, the top end features an opening for filling and dispensing contents.
One of the primary benefits of side gusset pouches is the filling capacity. Once full, the pouch also displays a large surface which is ideal for brand images, product descriptions, ingredient lists, nutritional information, and whatever you need from a labelling perspective. These packages display attractively on shelves and are easily adaptable to different climates.
Side gusset pouches are also incredibly flexible. They offer a wide range of features and add-ons to make them customizable to a variety of products. As mentioned, side gusset pouches can be made re-sealable with either a folding top or zipper close. Coffee storage is optimized when you add a valve to the pouch. Punch holes along the top of the pouch allows them to be displayed on hangers, and contents can be attractively shown through a clear window on the package. Finally, side gusset pouches are available in an array of materials or with glossy or matte finish – you can truly create the ideal package for your product and brand.
Increasingly, side gusset pouches are the preferred choice for manufacturers selling food items, but they’re often used for other purposes as well. Foods, pet foods, pharmaceuticals, home and garden supplies, and health and beauty products are suitable for packaging in side gusset pouches. These pouches are great for processed and frozen foods and they can even hold liquids such as beverages, sauces, and condiments. When selecting side gusset pouches for your product, be sure to ask for more information about the flexible applications and material options for side gusset pouches.