Rice is grown on about one-tenth of the cultivable land. More than 100 countries in the world cultivate rice. It is the second most widely consumed food grain in the world. China, Indonesia, Pakistan, Vietnam, and India are the major rice-producing countries. Rice is widely consumed in Asia and Africa, but less so in the European Union.
If you’ve been to Asia, you’ll know that Eastern culture and food are crazy about rice! There is no meal in the day that is not appreciated in any way along with serving rice, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert. This may surprise people unfamiliar with Asia and how interesting the food can be. This blog tries to take a short trip into the white haze of Eastern rice madness.
First and foremost, it is the staple food of every continent. There is corn in North America, potatoes in Russia, wheat in South Africa, and rice in Asia. Of course, with the sophistication and expansion of world trade, international foodstuffs are no longer a mystery to the rest of the world, and international foodstuffs can be imported into almost every country, but in Asia and Thailand? Rice is undoubtedly the most important food crop. You can see it everywhere, from the bazaars where huge hessian bags of rice are sold to the beautiful views of the emerald rice fields, which are spread out like green quilts.
So, why rice? The very simple, lush, and tropical climate and the climate of Southeast Asia are very conducive to the growth of this food crop. Generations of knowledge, education, and experience have resulted in a wide array of rice cooking techniques that can be enjoyed today! In the West, a bowl of rice is imagined like a hard-boiled egg, but in the East; a bowl of rice can be made boiled, sticky, gelatin, brown, white, jasmine, vermicelli, or pudding. In addition, rice is used in the creation of incredible products, including vinegar, soup, pasta, bread, milk, and everything that can be made from flour!
It is necessary to cook the rice before eating and even before that it is very necessary to buy the rice.
The most important factor in maintaining the quality of rice is its packaging. So, some attention should be given to this factor?
Key Role of Rice Packaging
The process of packing rice is invaluable for consumers to be able to identify different options at the point of sale, as packaging plays a key role in maintaining distribution, storage, brand identity, and product integrity.
The right type of packaging will protect your rice production from excessive air and moisture and will also prevent contamination at the point of sale to prolong the life and quality of the rice.
The majority of buyers prefer rice based on its aroma and in terms of aroma, ‘basmati’ rice is the most sought after in the world.
The market value of rice depends mainly on the appearance of the rice which includes rice shape/size, translucency, and chalkiness. The market value of basmati is much higher than other varieties due to its large grain size and linear length and low chalkiness.
During storage, temperature and humidity are important properties that can explain the changes in physical, chemical, and cooking properties. Some basic sensory and chemical properties are affecting the properties of rice, especially during storage. Storage affects grain quality and is responsible for differences in shape, milling, consumption, cooking, and nutritional characteristics.
Therefore, it is clear that the choice of the type of plastic used to pack rice products cannot be taken lightly.
For rice packaging bags, the main packaging functions are providing great puncturing capacity and resistance. Nylon and PE are the most widely used packaging film. If combined with nylon film they can also achieve a vacuum effect/environment.
At the same time, the heat is sealed at a lower cost. The most common are combinations of the two, LLDPE being used for further strengthening. Double layer laminate causes reverse printing of the outer layer in which the inner layer acts on the function of the thermal seal.
As far as flavorful aromatic rice is concerned, a vacuum brick package using a PET/Nylon/PE construction is used for providing an improved door barrier.
Ready-to-eat dried grains, such as oatmeal, rice, and spaghetti, need to be protected from changes in moisture content, lack of flavour components, and an unpleasant odour and taste from the environment. Because the material is mostly used / rarely used, the zipped plastic bag is a great choice for packing bags.
Regular Packaging Bags for Grain and Rice Information
Laminated zipper bag： PET（Matt、Glossy）+PE +Zipper
Vacuum bag： Nylon +PE、Nylon +PE Co-extrusion film
Good printing bag： OPP or PET + CPP
Vacuum sealing plastic zipper-lock bag for rice packing is also common in use with the specifications:
- Food-grade material, printing ink
- Three sides sealing Ziplock bag, loaded on top Ziplock
- Tear off the top mark and open the bag easily for customers.
- Customized design and bag size
Barrier Vacuum Pouches Made of Nylon, LLDPE, and HDPE 5, 7, or 9 Layered High barrier vacuum pouches made of EVOH, Nylon, LLDPE and PP with 5, 7 or 9 layers
Laminated Barrier Pouches are made of PE, LLDPE, PP PE films, PET films, VMPET films, MET PET films, PA films, KPA films, etc.
Rice Packaging Properties: Rice bags are mould-proof, insect-resistant, of good quality, in terms of transportation work, this is because rice paddy does not like the protection of rice husk, so rice bags protect rice.
Packaging materials for rice are widely used, for example, plastic bags, plastic film, and composite plastic bags made of composite material.
Plastic bags are used for packing rice, the method of packing is simple, but the material moisture and light insulation are poor, rice insects and mildew, and rice bags are going to use this common choice.
Composite plastic bags contain high-density EVOH, PVDC, PET, PE, PP, and PA material compounds and are to be used in this type of material made from rice bags. The moisture-proof, mould-proof, insect-resistant effect is good, plus rice bags on the printing design, the trademark will be very clear, and the text and bar code is clearly visible, so it will be easier to attract, and promote sales.
Rice bags due to the power of each manufacturer of rice bags, the production of some rice bags due to rice packing, sales, and storage brings a lot of trouble. As the family population decreases and people’s aesthetic perceptions change, rice in the transportation process, sales packing should be a major change is small, weight is light, under the premise of confirming the preservation effect has more capacity. To make a rice brand, and increase the extra value of the product, rice bags are very important!
Proper packaging for rice should be a good barrier to moisture and oxygen and should have good pest resistance properties. Packaging materials with such properties will prevent the rice from spoiling.
Rice enthusiasts can benefit from the rice packaging tips mentioned in this article when buying rice.