Over the years, due to proven health hazards associated with plastic food bags and containers, there has been a massive shift to using paper food bags at both industrial and domestic level. If you are new to the change and lost at where to start when choosing paper bags for your food business, then you have come to the right place.

Not only will you get an insight into the benefits of using paper bags but also the available types of paper bags and which ones are suitable for your food business. Let’s have a look at what we are going to learn in this article:

  1. Why Choose Paper Bags for Food
  2. Types of Paper Bags
  3. Should I go for Brown Paper Bag or White?
  4. Papers Commonly Used for Packaging in Food Business:
  5. Kraft Paper:
  6. Offset Paper:
  7. Cardboard:
  8. Glazed or Coated Paper:

Why Choose Paper Bags for Food?

  • Unlike plastic bags, paper bags are easy to recycle and reuse.
  • Food stored and reheated in plastic bags and containers is hazardous for health and toxic for the environment.
  • Paper bags helps micro business; people can easily manufacture it at home from raw materials and sell them in the larger market.
  • Paper bags are easy to manufacture.

Types of Food Paper Bags:

A paper bag is not just a package, delivery, and storage item in the business. It is an integral part of your brand identity. The type, design, and quality of paper bag should complement the product and brand.  Paper bags come in two basic colors (white and brown), which can be customized later according to your requirements. These are the most common types of paper bags being used for food business;

S.O.S Bags:

The self-Open Surface bags, commonly known as SOS bags, are usually preferred for carrying lunch to schools and offices. These paper bags are relatively durable; it can hold grocery and food items which are not extremely heavy.

These bags come in a beautiful golden brown color and can be custom printed according to your business. Since SOS bags are relatively robust, these can be reused to carry groceries or lunch by your customers hence a good marketing strategy too.

Pinched Bags:

These bags have a tapered, pinched end, as seen in envelopes. When manufactured for food, pinched bags are lined with grease paper to prevent oil from food staining the surface.

Bakery Bags:

Although pinched bags can be used for certain bakery items bakery bags are designed specifically to display, protect, and store different varieties of baked goods, including cake, cupcakes, doughnuts, etc. The wax paper and glassine lining in them keeps the food fresh for relatively long intervals.  

Euro Totes:

Presentation and packaging have a significant impact on customers; people prefer products with good packaging. Euro totes offer durability and posh elegance all in one. These are relatively expensive and sophisticated choice of bags used by high-end retailers for their esteemed customers. These bags convey an upscale impression of your brand when the customers holding it leaves your outlet.

Merchandise Bags:

These are the most common types of paper bags used, both commercially and for personal use. Not only are the merchandise paper bags robust, but also these custom paper bags can turn out to be pretty cute.

Resealable Food Bags:

A great alternative to plastic zip-lock bags is resealable food bags made of paper. These can be used to store dry ingredients such as roasted nuts, oats, rice, chips, candies, tea, spice, coffee, etc. Paper food bags with seal cannot be used for storing food in the refrigerator because these are not waterproof.

Recycled Bags:

IF you want to go green and put effort into removing toxins from the environment, then recycle bags are the best option.  The term recycle might pop up an image of a very unpleasant looking paper bag in your mind. However, this is not true. Recycled bags for food can be customized according to your preferences in terms of color, design, and size.

Vogue Bags:

Vogue paper bags are highly customized, and personalized bags dipped in elegance with perks such as name tags, ribbon handles, thank you notes, tissue paper, or handwritten notes inside for the customers.

Paper Bags with Handles:

Paper bags with handles come in all varieties; waxed, glazed, merchant, and recycled. The handles attached to the paper bags makes handling multiple bags easy. A variety of materials are used for the handles as well besides paper, material such as; rope, ribbon, wire, and glazed laser cut handle.

Paper Bags for Beer and Liquid:

Bags specifically designed for beer, wine, and other liquids have a wax glazing inside the bag to prevent it from getting soggy and tear up.

Should I go for Brown Paper Bag or White?

The color of the paper bag doesn’t really matter, but the quality, size,, and custom design does have a high impact. So when it comes to brown paper bag vs. white paper bags for food, go for the one that seems more visually pleasing with the colors and design of your business logo and product.

Papers Commonly Used for Packaging in Food Business:

While choosing the paper bags for your food business, it is important to select the right type of paper according to your product because paper sets the base for a functional paper bag according to the products’ individual requirements. There are four types of papers used for packaging in the food business:

Kraft Paper:

It is produced from softwood sulphate, during the kraft process. Kraft paper is available in a variety of colors such as brown, cream, white, and light brown. The thickness of craft paper varies between 80 to 120g. It is suitable for envelopes and packaging paper bags.

Offset Paper:

It is the most common type of paper used for writing pads and printing text due to its exceptional ability to absorb ink. Offset paper is never used for food business packaging.


Made from the bleached pulp, white cardboard paper has a smooth surface and a firm texture. It is commonly used in making business cards. It is also used in making high-end product packaging boxes such as handbags and gift box.

Glazed or Coated Paper:

A variety of ingredients, including polymer, are used for glazing the coated paper. It gives the coated paper a smooth glossy surface. Coated papers tend to produce brighter images as compared to uncoated paper.

There are no hard and fast rules for choosing a paper bag for your food business; it all depends on the product and purpose the paper bag is intended for.

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Carter Huang

Carter Huang

I am Market Manager of KETE GROUP LIMITED, I Working in this company since 2011, I have good experience Flexible Packaging Machines.

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