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How does composting work?

Composting is a natural process of recycling organic waste, such as food scraps and other organic matter like wood chips, grass clippings, and coffee grounds, into a nutrient-rich fertilizer. This finished compost can then be used in backyard gardens instead of fresh manure, synthetic fertilizers, or commercial fertilizer to encourage plant growth.

If you've been wondering "how does composting work," you're in luck. In this blog, we'll discuss the composting process in greater detail, including the benefits of the compost process and some basic home composting tips to help you get started.

Benefits of the composting process

There are many benefits to backyard composting. In fact, there are very few disadvantages to turning food waste and other organic materials into a nitrogen-rich material that can be used to fertilize the garden soil of your outdoor and indoor plants. As such, this blog will focus exclusively on the benefits of the backyard composting process, including how it helps reduce food waste and greenhouse gas emissions.

Reduces food waste

If you have a compost bin at home, you already know how worm composting reduces organic waste, including garden waste. Food scraps, including coffee grounds, tea bags, and fruit and vegetable scraps, go directly into your compost bin instead of the trash can. You can even put yard trimmings, shredded paper, and paper filters (like the ones you use for coffee) into your home compost bin.

If you're concerned about your environmental impact, using what's in your compost bin as a soil amendment is a great way to reduce greenhouse emissions of food scrap waste. Why not turn food scraps into a valuable fertilizer?

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Cuts excess nitrogen from landfills

When organic matter goes through the decomposition process in a landfill, it goes through aerobic decomposition. This means that it's broken down by microorganisms that require oxygen. If there's not enough air, the biological process simply won't happen.

These microorganisms give off something called "biogas", a natural by-product of the decomposition process, which is roughly 50% carbon dioxide. As you can see, transforming kitchen waste into compost materials via compost bins is a better alternative than sending food scraps, yard waste and grass clippings to landfills.

Conserves water

Did you know that when you add organic material, like cat litter and kitchen scraps, to fresh soil it actually changes the soil structure and increases its ability to retain water? Just a 1% increase in organic materials in soil means it can hold 20,000 more gallons of water per acre. While this might not seem like a lot for those who use a home compost bin or participate in worm composting, imagine if every household across America used compost bins to turn fresh grass clippings and pet waste into a nutrient-rich soil amendment for their potting soil? It adds up!

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Types of home composting

There are two main types of backyard composting: passive (cold) composting and active (hot) composting. We'll discuss each a bit more before providing some tips on how to turn food scraps, kitchen waste, a wrung out sponge, and yard waste and pet waste into nitrogen-rich materials with a home compost bin.

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Passive compost pile

Passive composting breaks down organic matter VERY SLOWLY, but it also requires very little effort. During this type of composting, you let Mother Nature do her job through natural decomposition. Vegetable scraps, wood chips, and yard waste will all decompose naturally...at some point. This is passive composting. Simply sit back, relax, and let nature do its thing.

A high contrast, dark typography integrates a simple sans-serif with classic and historically influenced italic serif font. Which gives their packaging a feeling of both old-world familiarity and modern elegance.

If you’re looking to showcase your product with a contemporary and clean design, this packaging from Sandro Desii can serve as a tasteful inspiration.

Active compost bin

Hot composting, albeit faster, is also a much more involved process. This method requires you to keep carbon and nitrogen levels at the right ratio. If you've ever seen someone with a garden fork taking grass clippings and food scraps from plastic storage bins or compost tumblers and incorporating it into their existing composting material, they are taking part in active composting.

The resulting carbon rich material is the same, it just happens at a much quicker rate.

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Composting at home: Tips and advice

If you're interested in turning your food scraps and yard trimmings into healthy soil, here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Contrary to popular belief, the food scraps will not attract pests or fruit flies - as long as you use the appropriate materials to collect food scraps and incorporate them into the soil.

  • The finished compost materials won't trigger invasive weeds to grow, at least not at a higher rate than what you may currently be experiencing.

  • You'll need to maintain moisture, so make sure you're adding a mix of "wet" kitchen scraps in addition to woody materials and yard trimmings.

  • You can use an open compost pile, a closed compost pile, or you can participate in trench composting. You can even compost on cinder blocks. Each has its pros and cons, so research each one before you select one for your own waste management needs.

  • The resulting nitrogen rich materials can be used to fertilize a variety of things, including your front lawn or fruit and vegetable garden.

As you can see, there are several benefits to composting. Your commitment to the environment shouldn't end with composting, either. If you're concerned about the environment, you should align yourself with brands that are eco-friendly and environmentally-conscious (like us!)

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We Offer the Best Quality AND Price

We know you’re passionate about your products. That’s why it’s important to choose the right packaging, but not on price alone.

If you simply go the cheapest route, it might just cost you the price of your brand's reputation. We all know you get what you pay for, and quite often those overseas “affordable” options are riddled with issues.

This is what we hear from our customers that went that route:

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"The bags don’t seal correctly."
"The labels are poorly printed."
"The quality is terrible and the bag rips easily."

And the worst part is that they are stuck with a container load of bad packaging because they were forced to order a huge quantity to get the best price. But that's STILL not the worst of it.

Packaging sets the tone for products and might be the first physical contact you make with customers.

So if you’re going to make a good impression, you need solid packaging, with a fast turnaround time—and, if possible, a great price.

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That’s why we’ve got a deal our competitors can’t beat: we match any competitor’s price within 5%. Plus, we have legendary customer service to keep your business rolling, and we’re located right here in the U.S.A.—so you don’t have to worry about nightmare overseas delays. After partnering with us, you’ll never go back to those cheap knock-offs that left you holding the bag.

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If you’re thinking about packaging for your product, you’re probably ready to gather as much information as possible. That’s why we’re now offering FREE Packaging Consultations

During your call, our team members will provide clarity on:

 - Best materials for your packaging

 - Sizing and features

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Not only will you walk away with an action plan for your packaging, but you can explore if CarePac is a good fit for your products.

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What Others Are Saying...

"The bags are terrific! We were hand-labeling for years and it was time to take it to the next level with professionally printed pouches. We had our design in place and knew our size. With that in hand, the Carepac team took over with great pricing and communication from start to finish. I’m delighted with the finished bags and they’re helping us sell more product."

—Jeff Ozark, Funky Fido Dog Treats

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Your first step is to reach out to Carepac for a wealth of information on every aspect of packaging, for your free estimate, and for consultation with our specialists on all phases of producing the right packaging for your product—and getting it to you when you need it.

And be sure to check back here regularly for information, insights, and updates on these and many more issues.

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The Journey of JWalker, Kyri's, and CarePac to being featured on Oprah's List

We welcome you to this month’s edition newsletter, highlighting inspirational stories and successful strategies in marketing and design. We are thrilled to present our special feature on Jason Walker, the founder of Jwalker Marketing agency. Come aboard as we dive into the agency’s story and their special method for crafting brand personas, and team up with CarePac in getting Kyri’s cookies where we want them – on Oprah’s list of favourite stuff!

In an exciting interview with Jason Walker, the mastermind of Jwalker Marketing Agency, we reveal an amazing story of collaboration that resulted in Oprah's list for Kyrie Cookies. According to Jason, the collaboration commenced after he needed top-of-the-range packaging depicting the luxurious nature of Kyrie Cookies. While CarePac acted as his agent in this venture, Jason would never have come up with the organization's name had it not been for a quick Google search. In particular, the ensuing CarePac was to design packaging that would ensure the protection of Kyrie Cookies and reflect its brand's magnificence. Jason said that CarePac had not just met the challenge but had surpassed it and, as such, is the preferred packaging provider for Kyrie Cookies.

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When asked about the contribution of Jwalker Marketing Agency in running Kyrie Cookies to Oprah's list, Jason said that the agency played an important role in strategic marketing by positioning Kyrie Cookies as a luxury brand. It was through a joint venture between Jwalker Marketing Agency and CarePac that we landed on Oprah's list.

Jason Walker remembers that the founder of Kyri's Kookies found his agency after doing a simple Google search; this is how Kyri Cookie got associated with Jwalker Marketing Agency. In this first link, she spoke about her dream of establishing a giving, grateful, and generous brand. Kyri's Kookies wanted to be the destination of choice in luxury hospitality, private aviation, and the corporate world. The brand's ambitious scale is realized in the founder's vision to have a successful product and a dedicated store for production and retail.

Jason stressed the value of spending time with the client in developing a unique voice for their brand in marketing strategy. He gains these insights by asking questions and developing the perspective of his clients through listening. The objective is to ensure the ideal customer can easily identify and understand their brand's value proposition. Jason, on the other hand, reflected on the value of a brand beyond the logo, where he emphasized that a brand's value lies within how its ideal target audience perceives it and those of direct competitors or even of an industry.

Jason claimed that CarePac's supplies and marketing techniques turn a brand from just a logo into cultural power, influencing consumer preferences and spending initiatives. By proper approach, a brand grows into more than an image; it becomes a way of life, a mindset, and a stimulator in the market.

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Think of a few of your favorite brands.

Is their product packaging bright and cheerful, minimalist and sophisticated, dark and elegant, or something else entirely?

Many of us simply “choose” a product on autopilot. We seldom stop to consider why we picked up that specific product off the shelf. This is the power of good branding!

The design of your pouch packaging is the first interaction you’ll have with a potential customer. 

What kind of impression do you want to make? How will your branding communicate the values of your business and the quality of your product?

These are important questions to ask yourself when thinking about design elements of your pouch packaging. Your packaging is more than just a way to seal your product. Compelling packaging is a visual canvas that can help to differentiate your product from competitors and allow you to stake a unique identity in the market. Through your design, you can communicate specific emotions, desires, and values to your customers. And thoughtful branding does this all at a subliminal level.

Eye-catching graphics, carefully chosen typography, and unified color schemes, can also significantly influence purchasing decisions and help your product stand off the shelf.

Compelling branding gives your product longevity; reeling in new customers with your design, and turning them into loyal, long-term brand advocates through your product quality and values.

But it’s not just as easy as slapping a logo and some colors together and calling it a day…

With an endless combination of colors, fonts, and design styles to choose from, creating a compelling and unified visual brand can feel intimidating. Not all of us have the time or energy to learn what feels like an entirely new language.

Keeping this in mind, we’ve highlighted some unique and varied brand identities below to help give you some inspiration and useful tips for your pouch packaging.

Better Coffee Co: Bold Coffee Branding

Better Coffee Co chose a playful and bold design that pays homage to the groovy typefaces of 60’s counterculture. The packaging gives their product both a casual and refined feel. A light airy pink and blue creates bold juxtaposition and contrast, and reflects their brand’s slogan “no weak beans, only big, bad, and bold”.

Their design also is influenced by the popular “Corporate Memphis' ' branding style; which emphasizes bold and cheerful color palettes, exaggerated shapes, and a playful minimalism. It’s familiar yet also refreshing and new. This gives their packaging a sense of easiness and comfort, while retaining a distinct and original feel.


Roastworks: Elegant And Luxurious Coffee Packaging

In contrast, Roastworks Coffee Co chose an elegant luxury feel for their coffee packaging. The black bag, gold serif lettering, and a deep mahogany colored sleeve take inspiration from the timeless styles of other luxury brands, such as Tom Ford and classic British car manufacturer Bentley. This combination contributes to a sense of exclusivity and refinement; this is coffee for people who care about good coffee.

The subtle embossed details on the raised serif font logo and sleeve draws in the customer's eyes and speaks to the importance of craftsmanship of their product. With the bright gold color helping the product to stand out on store shelves, Roastworks shows how classic elegance and attention to detail create a distinct first impression.

Portland Pet Food: Straightforward Pet Treat Branding

Portland Pet Food shows how an uncomplicated branding style can still stand out. 

Compared to the often chaotic and crowded packaging designs of large name brand pet treats, Portland Pet Food emphasizes simplicity. By using negative space and a large confident font styling and pairings, their dog treat branding gives an impression of homemade quality that speaks for itself. By including a plastic window, trust is also built with consumers who aren’t looking for highly processed and low-quality products.

This classic paper pouch design emphasizes a commitment to the natural products they use in their treats, and pairs well with their slogan, “Crafted by humans, loved by dogs.”

If you’re looking for a simple and cost effective branding style, consider taking inspiration from Portland Pet Treats

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Sandro Desii: Classic and Refined Packaging

Taking inspiration from the symmetry and expertly crafted simplicity of their product, Sandro Desii chose an elegant and modern packaging design with geometric shapes inspired by their pasta. The circular patterns do more than provide texture to their packaging, it also frames and centers the eye on the product window and description.

A high contrast, dark typography integrates a simple sans-serif with classic and historically influenced italic serif font. Which gives their packaging a feeling of both old-world familiarity and modern elegance.

If you’re looking to showcase your product with a contemporary and clean design, this packaging from Sandro Desii can serve as a tasteful inspiration.

Macaroots: Simple Earthy Pouch Packaging

When you’re hungry for a snack, you often grab the first thing that catches your eye.

With this in mind, Macaroots created a fun and casual pouch packaging design that stands off the shelf.

The simple and warm palette connects the primary ingredient and flavor of each snack to the packaging color. And rather than go with bright and loud color tones, Macaroots chose an earthy and retro feel that speaks to their use of natural ingredients and health focused convenience.

The bold white typography also helps the product catch consumer attention, speaking to the unique aspect of the product itself. These aren’t chips, bars, or granola snacks; they’re bites and they have one primary ingredient.

By choosing a darker, complimentary shade for the product description copy, the consumer's eyes are drawn immediately to the primary text. This gives the illusion of minimalism from afar, while still providing the detailed product descriptions that health conscious consumers want.

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Haven’s Kitchen: Stylish Clear Pouch Packaging Design

With their clear packaging pouch design, Haven Kitchens takes you as close as they can to their sauces without putting it directly on your plate.

As a reflection of their detail to quality and freshness of ingredients in its sauces and herb blends, they opted for a unique and minimalist see through pouch packaging option. Approachable, distinct, and captivating to the senses, the rich colors of their sauces speak through the monochromatic black and white design. While other brands hide their sauces, Haven Kitchens puts them right in front of the consumer, letting their product speak for itself.

By proudly displaying the product, they also minimized the need for complex branding and lettering design. A simple three-tiered sans-serif primary typography moves the eyes down the packaging, where specific instructions are subtly placed between. The result is a contemporary design that speaks to the foodie who doesn’t feel like whipping up an extra sauce for dinner.

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Biodegradable vs Compostable: The Main Differences

The terms "biodegradable" and "compostable" are often used interchangeably, but they actually mean two completely different things! In short, all compostable products are biodegradable, but not all biodegradable products are compostable.

In this blog, we'll explain what the terms biodegradable and compostable mean so you can choose between a biodegradable product, compostable plastics, or similar organic materials. With either choice, you can avoid toxic waste in landfills and reduce the accumulation of plastic products in the oceans. Leave toxic waste behind!

What are Compostable Materials?

Compostable materials are any materials that can disintegrate into non-toxic, natural elements. Since compostable products break down into natural elements via a composting process, they cause no harm to the environment.

When it comes to biodegradable vs compostable materials, we'll explain both below so you have more context, in addition to the compostable definition and what the term biodegradable means.

Advantages of Compostable Products

The primary benefit of compostable plastics is its environmental benefits, which can also improve consumer perception of your brand. Since compostable items break down naturally, they don't contribute to fossil fuels, carbon dioxide, or other negative biological processes. Simply put, getting on board with the "zero waste" ethos by using compostable products will keep your customers happy.

If the compostable items can be composted in a home compost pile, this is an added benefit. This way, users can compost their items in a compost bin or home compost environment.


Disadvantages of Compostable Products

Of course, there are some disadvantages to everything, including using a compostable product. First, compostable plastics aren't as strong as other plastics. They also have a lower barrier to oxygen and moisture, which means they aren't the best option for all products.

Finally, some compostable bags can only be composted in an industrial composting facility. Unfortunately, not every city has access to industrial composting facilities, which can make recycling compostable packaging difficult for the end user.

If you're using commercially compostable plastic, you'll want to include special messaging on your compostable goods about how to find commercial composters or an industrial facility (in addition to pointing out the compostable waste must be free from inorganic compounds and food scraps!)

What are Compostable Materials?

Compostable materials are any materials that can disintegrate into non-toxic, natural elements. Since compostable products break down into natural elements via a composting process, they cause no harm to the environment.

When it comes to biodegradable vs compostable materials, we'll explain both below so you have more context, in addition to the compostable definition and what the term biodegradable means.

What are Biodegradable Materials?

Biodegradable products do not use toxic chemicals. When compared to regular plastic, they will degrade in a more timely manner (without requiring a compost bin) and won't leave behind any toxic residue. They do not need to be recycled in a home or industrial composting environment.

Since biodegradable bags are made from organic materials, they consume less energy during manufacture, especially when compared to petroleum-based plastic.


Disadvantages of Biodegradable Material

Unlike compostable materials, using a biodegradable material for biodegradable plastic bags requires more crops and croplands to produce biodegradable products. Additionally, they cannot decompose in the ocean because the water is too cold. This can leave toxic residue behind in the oceans, impacting our sea life. naturally occurring microorganisms, and other organic matter.

Thankfully, this can be avoided by following best practices for customary disposal.

Biodegradable vs Compostable: Which is Better?

Both biodegradable and compostable plastics (made from polylactic acid or bags made from other compostable materials) are better than standard plastic materials made from polyethylene.

They both reduce organic waste and only one requires using industrial aerobic composting facilities. Whether you choose compostable packaging, oxo-biodegradable products, or packaging made from another type of organic matter, both remove plastic waste from the landfills.

Both biodegradable and compostable products result in recycling organic waste, which is a win for our environment.

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Biodegradable and compostable plastic FAQs

As a leader in the biodegradable, compostable, and organic packaging industry, we get a lot of questions about compostable and biodegradable materials. Here are a few of the most common.

Can biodegradable items be composted?

No, not every biodegradable product is compostable. The terms biodegradable and compostable are list nesting cups. All compostable bags are biodegradable, but not all biodegradable bags are compostable. Compostable products biodegrade in a predetermined amount of time, based on a testing standard, while biodegradable bags have no set timeline for biodegrading.

Do compostable items break down in landfills?

It's not clear, they should if it is exposed to the right mix of moisture, oxygen, and bacteria.

Is bamboo biodegradable or compostable?

Since bamboo is a natural element, it's biodegradable. It is also compostable, though, and will break down within 2-6 months, depending on the material and composting method.

Purchase Compostable and Biodegradable Packaging from CarePac

Whether you choose biodegradable or materials that can be turned into usable compost, we're here to help. We have been manufacturing packaging made from compostable and biodegradable materials for years, and are ready to help you in any way we can. Connect with us today to discuss all things biodegradable, or get a Quick Quote to get your project started.


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SQF and ISO 9001: What You Need to Know

What is ISO 9001?

Like ISO 9000, 9002, and other certification standards, 9001 is a quality management system/standard that can be applied to many different industries.

The regulations focus on recognizing companies that maintain the highest possible standards, including, but not limited to, customer satisfaction, continuous improvement of their processes, a desire to improve quality, an excellent training process, and a commitment to risk management.

Compliance with these regulatory requirements shows a company's strong commitment to constantly improving its quality management systems for its customers.

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What is Safe Quality Food (SQF certification) for food safety?

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SQF certification primarily focuses on food safety management systems. This quality management standard focuses on the food and beverage industry, and its main purpose is to ensure food safety and quality.

The SQF program is also referred to as "safe quality food SQF", and SQF looks at a foodservice providers product quality, the efficacy and safety of their food supply chain, and the internal systems of food manufacturing companies within the food industry.

The current scope of the "safe quality food SQF" standard, which is approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative GFSI, includes various aspects of the safety of food products, including:

  • Food hazard analysis
  • Food safety plans
  • Compliance with regulations ensuring food safety

The Safe Quality Food SQF certification, specifically, is typically issued by an organization or regulation body that specializes in the SQF program and the Food Safety Initiative GFSI. If you want to show your organization's commitment to food safety and quality, you cannot go wrong with SQF certification.

Which is the better food safety standard?

Simply put, Safe Quality Food SQF is the only standard of the two that focuses solely on food manufacturing and a supplier's food safety.

This quality management standard is extremely helpful for food companies or primary producers of a product for the food industry supply chain. As mentioned, Safe Quality Food is regulated by the Global Food Safety Initiative, a company committed to food safety and quality. If your company operates in the food industry, this is a quality certification to go after.

ISO and SQF program FAQs

Here are some common questions food companies tend to have about ISO and SQF certification and the certification process.

What does ISO mean in OSHA?

ISO stands for the "International Organization for Standardization," and its standards are crucial in promoting product quality, safety, and satisfaction of customers across a variety of industries.

Is CarePac ISO certified?

Yes, we currently have our 9001 certification. We went through the entire certification process and are proud that our management system and internal protocols resulted in certification.

If working with a packaging supplier with ISO certification is important to you, you can trust our quality systems. Contact us today to discuss your next project.

What ISO is SQF?

SQF is an international standard that focuses specifically on food safety and quality. The process includes the SQF institute looking at companies that supply various elements of our food chain and ensuring they meet the outlined standards.

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Granola Bar Wrapper Template (Printable)

The perfect packaging for your granola bars depends on great artwork, and great artwork can only be accomplished with high-quality, printable granola bar wrapper templates.

These templates are technically referred to as “dielines”, and allow designers to mockup your design, review its most intricate details, and download your bar mockup PSDs or PDFs directly from your inbox. It really is that simple!

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We’ve worked with thousands of designers throughout the years, and we’re confident that we can help you, too. Our easy-to-use templates make it easier than ever before to download PDF versions of your granola bar packaging and put in an order directly from our website. 

Why dielines matter

Dielines are vital in the design process. Think of them like a blueprint for a house -- would you build a house without one? Dielines are the blueprint of your design, and ensure that all the physical elements of the final packaging are up to par. This includes the packaging sizing and scale, and the location of all the visual elements, the placement of any folds or creases.

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Contrary to popular belief, dielines aren’t used exclusively for boxes or other rigid packaging. They’re used for a wide spectrum of packaging, including beverage bottles, food packaging, and even brochures or business cards. Essentially anything that’s customized can make use of a dieline.

Tips for creating dielines

At the end of the day, a dieline is a collaborative effort between you and your design team. Whether you engage with CarePac and make use of our design team, or work with a team internally, there are a few tips to keep in mind as you dive headfirst into dielines for your granola packaging:

  • Dielines must be created as vector art.
  • Keep your entire creative team involved and updated, especially early on in the process. 
  • Knowing exact specifications is crucial, and can help save you money and time down the line.
  • You may want to consider making a hard copy of the dieline before sending the design to print. This can help you catch minor errors before production.

As you can see, dielines are all but an essential part of the granola packaging design process. Have questions? We’re more than happy to help!

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At CarePac, we love to share our knowledge and passion for design with our customers. Use the button below to download your free printable wrapper granola bar dieline. 

Remember, this is a sample so if you’d like us to help you design a fully customized wrapper for your granola bars, we’re more than happy to help.

Granola bar packaging & dielines: FAQs

Whether you’re new to designing granola bar packaging or simply need a refresher, here are some of the most common questions we get about granola bar wrappers and dielines.

What packaging is used for granola bars?

Usually granola bars are packaged in individual-sized wrappers, which provide a barrier that protects the honey granola or nutty granola bar from the elements. This way, your product stays fresh and your customer stays happy.

Should I use parchment paper for granola?

While parchment paper might be suitable for home use, we recommend against using parchment paper for commercial sales. Simply put, the barrier of the parchment paper is too low compared to other alternatives and the granola will dry out too quickly.

How do you seal granola bars?

Granola bar wrappers are heat sealable because the innermost layer of the material is a heat sealable LLDPE.

What are granola bar wrappers made of?

Laminated Metalized PET is the most common material used for granola bar wrappers. This material is typically between 2-3 mil, and for high-volume production the pre-printed material is supplied in roll stock form and fed into a form fill seal (FFS) machine.

How do you package homemade granola?

If you’re making homemade granola, you don’t have to worry about using commercial-grade packaging the way some of our customers do. As such, you can use glass jars, or for longer term storage, metalized mylar bags.

What are Kind bar wrappers made of?

Kind bar wrappers appear to be made of a thin file metalized Polyethylene terephthalate. If this is the look and style you’re going for, we can certainly help you achieve it.

Create Your Granola Bar Packaging Dielines Today

As you can see, CarePac truly takes the guesswork out of your custom granola bar packaging artwork -- and one part of that is through our easy-to-download PDF dielines.

Before you decide on a final pattern, be sure to double check the size of your granola bar wrappers, the coloring, and granola logo placement before submitting. Once you submit, we’ll send the granola bar packaging template to your email for easy download and use.

Have questions? Need help? Reach out to the CarePac experts today. Or check out our FAQs.

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The phrase “don’t judge a book by its cover” doesn't apply in the world of flexible food packaging. Technology has made it easier than ever to capitalize on your new idea and build a brand, but just because the product is great, doesn’t mean that your packaging design is.

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New innovations in flexible packaging and pouches allow for even more opportunities to establish a unique brand identity with your packaging design. If you’re just “enclosing” your product, you’re missing a crucial opportunity to tell your brand's story and build a lasting visual identity with a unique food packaging design.

So what is the first interaction you want to have with your customer? How will you differentiate your packaging and grab consumer's attention in a crowded market, and communicate the value of your product at first glance? If you don’t know the first thing about design or packaging, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. 

In this blog, you'll learn how to increase sales, encourage repeat purchases, attract attention, and create a strong brand identity through your product packaging design. 

#1. Food Packaging Design & Brand Strategy

The most iconic brands in the world leave an imprint on you. 

And the product is only one piece in a larger brand strategy puzzle.

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To give your brand the foundation and momentum it needs to become iconic and build brand loyalty, every aspect of your branding (including the packaging design process) needs to be carefully considered.
How is the experience of your product different from other brands? What are the stories, emotions, and narratives that you want your customer to connect with?
It doesn’t matter if sustainability, luxury, or affordability, is your primary identity, the same rules of cohesive branding and product packaging still apply in a consumer's mind. 

A brand promoting local tribal artisans, for example, might incorporate indigenous art into its designs or packaging. A brand that focuses on organic produce may want to tell potential customers or their target market about how they source their food products. 

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A luxury brand will have a more sophisticated and exclusive brand voice. They may want to talk about their different flavors, safety concerns, their use of natural ingredients, environmentally friendly packaging, or anything else their ideal customer may be concerned with. 

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But brand strategy goes beyond visually appealing packaging and a focus on sustainable materials; think about that first experience your customer has with your product. What emotions do you want them to feel? What type of materials and details can you add for a truly unique brand experience in the grocery store?

#2. Finding The Target Audience of Your Product

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If you try to sell to everyone, you sell to no one.
In order for your brand to be successful, it needs to speak to a specific customer avatar.
Is your product for kids or teens? Men, women, or both? Now go deeper. The more layers you can pull back, the easier it will be to market and sell your product. Does your product packaging need to be aesthetically pleasing and forward thinking, or should the label design use bold colors in its unique design? 

Let’s look at a quick example.
Are you selling beef jerky to younger men who live an rural lifestyle?
Or are you selling beef jerky to 22-35 year old men who spend a majority of their time developing self-sufficiency skills and exploring the outdoors with their dog?
See the difference? Your brand's identity should be specific. Otherwise, your talented designers won't know which key element to incorporate into their great packaging. 

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The latter gives us a much better idea of our ideal target audience.
From here, we can imagine the type of media they consume, where they shop, and what other products they might buy. And we can begin to explore durable product packaging options that will correspond to their lifestyle.
Imagine the ideal person that you’d like to sell to, and create a detailed list of their traits, interests, and demographics. If they share the same values, this is a great example of something you'd want to incorporate into your great food packaging design. 

#3. Packaging Design: 

Analyzing Competition and Listening to Consumers

In order to know what you may need to change about your food package design,

you need to have an eye on your competition and their brand identity.

Competitive Analysis: The first step in understanding the market and your brand identity is to identify both direct and indirect competitors in the food industry. Gather physical or digital samples of competitor product packaging and pouches and analyze designs, size, information provided, material used, information about their packaging label, and the overall ease of use with their packaging. Look for things you like, things you might change, and opportunities to be different when you create packaging for your own product.

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Consumer Feedback: If you have an amazing product, incorporating this into your product packaging should be one of your major goals. You need functional, aesthetic, durable, and effective food packaging design. And the best way to find out what customers like, is to go directly to them.  There are numerous social listening tools that allow you to gauge real-time feedback on competitors' packaging. Direct from the consumer insights provide a clear picture on market trends and consumer frustrations and needs. 

#4. Product Packaging – 

How To Make An Impression On Consumers

Consumer Experience: Flexible, textured, and unique packaging materials, turn the mundane act of opening your product package into an experience. It can create polarity and give your brand an immediate “wow” factor. The package is the first physical experience your customer will have with your brand, so why not make it special? In the internet age, small details or adding a new spin on an old packaging concept, can bring an element of virality to your brand. It shows your customer that care and attention to detail aren’t just reserved for the product itself.

Think of resealable pouches for portion control or transparent sections to tease your product. The only limit is your imagination.

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Food Packaging Shelf-Presence: It’s important to develop collaborative relationships with retailers to ensure you know where your product will be physically placed. For example, if your product is being placed on a grocery aisle end cap rather than a bottom shelf, you may want to change certain design elements or materials. For flexible food packaging pouches, controlling for light, moisture, and oxygen is crucial to ensure a fresh product.

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There are countless options, each with their own pros and cons. Durable plastics like polyethylene are cheap and moisture resistant, but they are conventional and have a large environment footprint. Wax coated paper packaging will be more expensive, but will add a unique appeal to your product and help reduce plastic waste. Most importantly, do research and look at your competitors to see what packaging and pouches they’re using.

#5. The Art and Science of Packaging Materials & Design

Eye-catching packaging design influences consumer decisions and perceptions, and elevates your product from your competition. On a crowded store shelf aisle, you want to stand out and become one of the favorites, and the only way to do that is to take your packaging design seriously.If you want to go from “just another product”, to an industry leader, read this next section carefully…

Color Psychology for Packaging Design: Different colors speak to us at a deeply subconscious level. And if you start to pay attention to the brands around you, you’ll start to see patterns. Certain colors can evoke emotions, influence perceptions, and drive specific buying behavior. A luxury brand might choose a refined monochrome color palette, while a brand emphasizing environmental awareness might use greens and natural earth tones. Regardless of what you choose, make sure it connects to your target consumer and the overall message of your brand

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Packaging Typography: Choosing the right font is crucial to bring your brand's personality, message, and story to life. The font should align with your brand's aesthetic, voice, and packaging materials while remaining readable across various sizes and mediums. There are thousands of fonts, so get ready to experiment. If you’re a brand trying to leverage your history, try a classic serif typography. For a clean and minimalist look, try a modern and sleek sans-serif. To ensure readability on your flexible packaging and pouches, make sure your text placement is carefully considered.

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Design Elements and Limited Editions: How many of your customer senses can you engage? Interactive design elements in your packaging help your product stand out and build long-term trust with your customers. These elements can be QR codes that link to digital content or even tactile textures that enhance the package itself. Carefully curated and designed limited edition packaging can also turn your package into a product itself, deepening consumer engagement and adding value and exclusivity

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Sustainable Packaging & Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials

In today's market, being an eco-conscious brand that uses sustainable packaging is a win-win. Not only are you helping to contribute to a greener planet, you’re also tapping into consumer demand. Your packaging can be more than just another pouch, it can be a statement of your brand's commitment to the planet. And by choosing a flexible package option, you’re already committing to a green solution. Flexible sleeves, pouches, and containers require much less energy to manufacture and transport. And they can also be made with a variety of earth-friendly materials like bioplastics, edible material such as seaweed, and plant-based cellulose films.

When considering your eco-friendly packaging, keep these three things in mind: 

Eco-Friendly Packaging Materials: Current eco-friendly options give brands an option to go beyond having just biodegradable packaging. There are numerous upcycled or recycled materials that can be used to create effective, eye-catching, and durable packaging. For example, if you’re selling organic free-range coffee, you might consider swapping plastic for an eco-friendly plant-based cellulose alternative.

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Product-Package Harmony: It’s crucial that you choose the eco-friendly option that ensures the best experience for your customer. If you’re selling homemade pickles made from an old family recipe, the last thing you want is to lose that fresh out of the jar flavor. When choosing your eco-friendly flexible packaging, consider the shelf-life, temperature, and overall durability needed to ensure your product arrives pristine.

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Inspiring Call-to-Action: Your packaging can also serve as a call to action. An inspirational partnership or compelling brand story can turn the ordinary to extraordinary. For example, TOMS shoes used their packaging to highlight their humanitarian mission to bring quality shoes to those in need.

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Save Time & Money

Skip the Trial and Error

Congratulations on creating an awesome product—and kudos for taking the time to thoroughly consider your packaging options. Customizing your pouches or bags to fit your brand’s unique visual identity is the best way to make your product stand out on the shelves.

With all the different packaging companies out there and so many pouch configurations and materials to choose from, what starts as a fun and creative project can quickly turn into an inventory nightmare—if you’re unprepared.

We want to keep the process fun and simple for you. So, without further ado, here are our top ten must-read blog posts for those new to the custom packaging industry.

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Choose the Right Material

The type of flexible barrier packaging you choose ultimately depends on your product. It’s important to learn more about how moisture, oxygen, and different packaging materials might affect your product’s shelf life. Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Flexible Barrier Packaging. Flexible Barrier Packaging.

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Go Custom & Increase Sales

Maybe you’ve decided on the quantity and size of your bags… but have you thought about which colors will resonate with your customers’ emotions? Is your package designed to be displayed on a shelf and hung on a hook? Learn these essential money-making details you may be overlooking.

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Sourcing From China: Think Twice

We all know that if a price seems too good to be true, then it probably is. We’ve heard so many stories of regret from customers who previously worked with Chinese manufacturers that we felt compelled to put together a list based on their most common complaints. Heed their warnings of going into business with these “cheap” overseas companies.

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Know All of Your Pricing Factors

Many variables impact the price of a customized stand-up pouch. The size and quantity of your bags and the urgency of your order are the first things that come to mind, but secondary factors such as materials and printing methods can also significantly affect your costs. View a breakdown of every financial factor and get an idea of what you can expect to spend on your order.

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Consider Eco-Friendly Options

Packaging your product with biodegradable material may be more achievable than you think. Learn more about the latest sustainable packaging trends and see a transparent overview of the traditional versus green packaging dilemma.

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Ask The Right Questions

Are you still in the research phase of finding your flexible packaging provider? Review this list to make sure you’re asking all the right questions when you start consulting with bag manufacturers.

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Avoid Common Design Mistakes

There are a few traps that are easy to fall into when designing your first custom printed bags, such as creating a bag design that you like as opposed to creating a design that your customerswill respond to. Save time and money by reading this list of mistakes we catch all too often.

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Forecast Your Inventory Needs

So you have an awesome product that’s designed to fly off the shelves—but if this is your first batch on the market, it can be tough to know how soon you’ll need to restock. We’ll help you find the balance between tying up too much money in inventory and missing out on sales due to lack of supplies.

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Shop Around

Don’t settle for the first packaging provider that you find (even if it’s us). During your research, you’re almost guaranteed to come across two of our competitors: ePac and Roastar. View our competition overview to quickly see each company’s available materials, bag configurations, and printing options compared to ours.

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Cut Cost Where It Makes Sense

When our friends or family ask us for the inside scoop on how to save money on packaging, we tell them exactly what’s in this article—so why would we tell you anything different? We want you to be happy with the bags you order, even if it means scaling back your initial orders and ultimately spending less money with us. Do what’s best for your business!

If you read these 10 tips alone, then you’re already ahead of the game. Looking to go the extra mile? We have several other blog posts to provide you with even more insight. And if you still have questions about packaging your specific product, we’re here to help. Give us a call and talk to a real person to discuss your options or fill out our inquiry form.

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CarePac Receives Certification for

Meeting ISO 9001 Requirements

San Dimas, California - CarePac, a flexible packaging solutions provider, is proud to announce that it has achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification.

ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system, and is the world’s best-known quality management standard. Adhering to ISO 9001 requirements and becoming certified means that a company adheres to these top management standards.

Mandatory Requirements for ISO 9001

There are mandatory and non-mandatory ISO 9001 requirements that must be met to be certified, and the mandatory ISO standards include: monitoring and measuring calibration records, maintaining records of design and development output, and having an internal audit program. 

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With its ISO 9001 certification, CarePac has proven that it adheres to all the ISO 9001 requirements, including those listed above. Adhering to ISO 9001 requirements and achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification was a top priority for the CarePac team and has been years in the making. ISO 9001 : 2015 certification demonstrates CarePac’s commitment to the highest quality standards in its day-to-day operations. CarePac’s ability to provide consistent, high-quality packaging while increasing operational efficiencies was confirmed by the certification.

To obtain this prestigious certification, CarePac underwent a rigorous 3rd party audit conducted by an Intercert ISO-accredited certification body. The third-party company evaluated CarePac’s adherence to the ISO 9001      requirements across the full range of CarePac’s internal processes. By adhering to the ISO 9001 requirements and becoming certified, CarePac demonstrates its a company that can be trusted. We're proud of our ISO certification and our environmental management standards. 

CarePac's ISO 9001:2015 certification underscores the organisation's quality management and ability to:

  • Meet International ISO 9001 Requirements: As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 9001 : 2015 certification positions CarePac as a company committed to global best practices in quality management.
  • Improved Customer Experience: Through adherence to the ISO 9001:2015 standard, CarePac meets its customers’ requirements through a customer-centric approach.
  • Streamline Processes: The ISO 9001 : 2015 certification recognizes CarePac's focus on continuously improving its internal quality control and production processes. This continual improvement helps the company to improve efficiency, reduce waste, and deliver products that meet customer requirements.
  • Increase Operational Efficiency: ISO 9001 : 2015 certification promotes a culture of continuous improvement within CarePac. It enables the company to identify areas for enhancement, address non-conformances promptly, and foster a more efficient and productive working environment.
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"We are thrilled to meet ISO 9001 requirements and achieve ISO 9001 : 2015 certification, a significant milestone in our journey towards excellence," said Paul Slaney, managing partner at CarePac. "In conversation with competitors over the years, I have heard many say that ISO certification wasn’t necessary, but I believe this certification reflects our unwavering dedication to delivering the highest quality flexible packaging to our valued customers."

About CarePac's Commitment to Quality:

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CarePac is a San Dimas based company specializing in designing and manufacturing flexible packaging for a wide range of industries. With a relentless focus on customer satisfaction and environmental responsibility, CarePac has become a trusted partner for businesses seeking reliable, sustainable packaging solutions.

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