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Food packaging and labelling

Layers of packaging

There are three levels of packaging.

primary packaging, secondary packaging, transit packaging

  • Primary packaging is seen at the point of sale. It needs to contain and protect the food product, as well as display it and provide information.
  • Secondary packaging is the middle layer of packaging - for example a cardboard box with a number of identical products inside.
  • Transit packaging is the outer container that allows easier handling during transfer between factory, distribution centres and retailers

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