Global flexible packaging and lidding films supplier KM Packaging has introduced new Halloween-themed shaped confectionery pouches which are going down a treat with US consumers.

KM Packaging's pre-made pouches, which have been available in the Australian market since July, are shaped and printed with heat sealable openings, and are suitable for dried snacks and pet treats as well as confectionery.

Available with zip-lock reclosure, the pouches are printed on high quality rotogravure, contain clear windows so the product can be seen by consumers; and are gusseted at the bottom, allowing the pouch to stand upright on retail display.

The pouches can have a matt or glossy finish and clear windows and are available in a traditional PET/PE structure, a mono polymer structure or using compostable materials.

KM Packaging’s commercial director Graham Holding said, “The pouches for confectionery and other foods enhance our product range. Our team’s expertise makes certain that customers gain a cost-efficient solution, from sourcing to shipping.

“By broadening what we have to offer, the pouches help us to further provide our customers with the right packaging for their needs.”

KM Packaging has also provided pouches featuring thematic designs for Easter and Christmas.

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