Secondary Packaging

There are often additional packaging steps needed for food or non-food projects to complete the finished good that have already gone through the first step of primary filling or packaging.  These steps are often refered to as “secondary” packaging.   Here are some pictures of many common “secondary packaging” processes:

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The final secondary packaging steps needed to complete a project might include:

Assemblies Unlimited has built a great reputation on providing “secondary” assembly & packaging processes, quickly and cost-effectively. Please contact us today and provide us the specification for your next secondary packaging, contract packaging or fulfillment project. With a proven local supplier network, we can source and procure any other raw packaging materials that may be needed for your project including shrink film, blister cards, thermoformed blisters, master cases, retail chipboard cartons, pouches, flexible film and much more.

Packaging specifications needed to receive a quote on Secondary Packaging:

  • Scope of work
  • Step by Step assembly instructions
  • Which components customer will supply and which ones you need AUI to provide
  • Facility certifications required (AIB, SQF, Organic, Kosher, Halal)
  • Labeling requirements
  • How many finished units packed out into a case for shipping
  • Date/lot code requirements for units or outer packaging
  • Quantity per production run (MOQs of 25K units)
  • Turnaround requirements
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Our typical minimum quantity is 25,000 per SKU per run.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Secondary Packaging

Secondary packaging refers to any additional packaging step that deals with prewrapped or prepacked goods and making them into a “higher” assembly — for example, bundle wrapping 24 cans of a beverage. The can is the primary unit, and the bundle-wrapped pack represents the “secondary” packaging process of the primary item.

Secondary packaging serves several purposes, including protecting the primary package from dirt or dust, providing additional marketing or “billboard” space for the product, providing ease of transport, and making it easier for consumers to transport and store the product.

The list can be exhaustive, but common materials used include shrink films, bundle films, corrugated cases, chipboard cartons, and more.

Yes, many types of secondary packaging can be recycled, including cardboard, chipboard, paper, and certain plastics.

Examples of secondary packaging include club packs, POP display assembly, repackaging, shrink wrapping, bagging, bundling, and fulfillment services.

There are many reasons why a company chooses to outsource a secondary process. These include making more space available in-house, having others manage labor and supervision, using a source with necessary packaging equipment vs. buying their own, taking advantage of available capacity on the outside, and using experts who are already efficient in handling people, production lines, and logistics.

Choosing the right secondary packaging service depends on the specific needs and requirements of your product. You and your assigned packaging expert will discuss factors such as the type of product, the size and shape of the product, the intended end use, and the desired level of protection.

The most common secondary packaging services include shrink wrapping, blister packaging, clamshell RF sealing, bundle wrapping, kitting, hand assembly, skin packaging, bagging, POP display assembly, and fulfillment services.

Yes, we offer many secondary packaging options which can be customized to meet the unique needs of your product.

For secondary processes, we can typically start within a few days from the time all the materials are in-house.