What Is A Retort Pouch? Why Our Packaging Matters

Since the beginning, Portland Pet Food Company has looked for sustainable ways to benefit our dogs, our community and our earth. The retort pouch is essential in saving our planet and your money in the long run.

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Retort Pouches: A Game-Changer for Packing, Shipping and Pricing

Retort pouches got their start in the 1950s, when the military wanted to make it easier for troops to bring their food on long missions or into battle. Retort packages didn’t just feed troops. They also opened the door to an environmentally-responsible replacement for traditional packaging.

What is a Retort Pouch?

A retort pouch as we know it today is a structured pouch, made of layers of laminate, paper products or recycled materials. Our pouches are packaged with a sterile method and vacuum-sealed to guarantee a shelf life of two years.

The more pouches in the world, the less waste and the more money you save. It’s that simple. A 45 ft. trailer that can carry 200,000 8 oz. cans. The same truckload can carry 2.3 million retort pouches. Not only do shipping costs go down, but the environmental impacts of shipping are exponentially lower.

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Less Mess + Less Waste= More Delicious Food for Your Pup

Pouches conserve as much as possible. Our pouches are made from earth-friendly, BPA-free materials. We also print our product information on the laminate of the retort pouches, so extra labels aren’t used.

How are Retort Pouches Different?

Retort pouches differ from other packaging in that their combination of laminate and paper materials allow them to withstand heat. That's why you're able to heat our meal topper pouches in your microwave or hot water. Plus our meal pouches are designed to stand up, making them as easy to use as canned dog food. You can avoid messes when you are scooping food out of them, and it's safe to microwave them.!

Our pouches can be used in your trash to enhance the decomposition cycle. Some states will accept them in recycling. By purchasing Portland Pet Food Company meal toppers and other pouches, you’re making a huge difference for the environment and your bottom line.

Please note: Portland Pet Food Company products are available in more than 1,000 stores nationwide. Our natural, healthy dog food toppings and natural, healthy dog treats are great for senior dogs and dogs who are picky eaters. We have gluten-free dog food toppings and treats in a variety of flavors. All of our dog food products are available in a dog food subscription.