Food storage containers are widespread in use throughout the world and have probably been in use since the first human civilizations.
In early civilizations cereal grains such as maize, wheat, barley etc. were stored in large airy buildings, often raised up from the ground to reduce infestation by pests and vermin. Ancient Egyptian and early Hebrew writings include reference to such buildings and their successors can still be seen in use in less developed countries and regions.
In the modern developed world, a very wide range of food packaging and containers is now available made from many materials.
Many products use low-density polyethylene formed into plastic bags or plastic boxes. There are many makers of plastic boxes some such as Tupperware and Lock & Lock are known throughout much of the developed world.
- Metal containers
Disposable food containers, a form of disposable food packaging, may be used for food or beverages. Disposable containers are often made of paper or paperboard, plastic (including plastic foam), or aluminum.
Industrial food storage containers
Wherever food is harvested, manufactured or distributed there is a need for containers to enable the food to travel securely and in good condition to the shop, warehouse or distribution depot. For many foods, especially those in their own individual containers such as canned vegetables, the common container is the corrugated fiberboard box, Corrugated boxes are available in many sizes.
A variety of Bulk boxes are also used.
- Food storage
- Reusable packaging
- Gastronorm, a European standard for food container sizes, both for cooking and storage
- Shaker-style pantry box
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