Industrial Packaging Spotlight: The Squeeze Bottle

iStock_000017115065_FullThe humble squeeze bottle is, in our opinion, the perfect packaging and delivery route for our favorite condiments, not to mention your health and beauty products. But the squeeze bottle wasn’t always as super efficient as the type that graces your picnic table or medicine shelf today.

Early condiment squeeze bottles were open to the air, and dutifully refilled by the wait staff at your favorite restaurants. Sure, you could buy some of these bottles to use at home, but they weren’t great at storing and keeping food for long periods. This is one reason you probably saw squeeze bottles used first for things like shampoo and lotion. They didn’t need to have their contents as well-protected as foods do.

The development of plastic pop-tops and seals made delivery of food products in squeeze bottles much easier. But that still left the problem of what to do when you got to the bottom of the container and had to shake hard to get out the last of the product. The solution was to create inverted squeeze bottles that could be stored cap-side down. Installing a plastic piece in the nozzle also helped reduce the amount of air and pressure inside of the bottle to decrease the likelihood of the product oozing out everywhere due to a pressure change.

Today, advances in squeeze bottle technology continue to be made. You can find squeeze bottles used to package and ship everything from bottled water to applesauce. And why stop there? When it comes to clever packaging solutions, the squeeze bottle is full of surprises.

At Ohio Valley Goodwill, we love looking at the history and evolution of packaging solutions, from foam peanuts to today’s humble squeeze bottle. Why? Because we love the packaging, assembly, fulfillment, and kitting businesses, and all the great businesses we get to help fulfill their customers’ orders. When you choose us, you are also supporting our greater mission to provide jobs and opportunities for members of our community. So when it’s time to discuss your company’s custom packaging options, let’s talk!