Archive: Apr 2012

Milk Carton Stock: Ideal for Food Package Partitioning

It wasn’t too long ago – certainly within the scope of many of our lifetimes – when milk was delivered each morning at your doorstep by means of a glass or a metal bottle. There was no better solution or more convenient way of storage. Milk had to be delivered daily; otherwise the milk would spoil overnight. It was just an accepted fact of daily city and suburban life. The milkman on his morning rounds about the neighborhood was as stereotypical a fixture of American life as was, say, the paperboy on his morning paper-route (that is, until the mid-2000s when digital newspapers caught on).

But all of a sudden, almost as if overnight, something changed. What technological development happened that sent the milkman the way of the dinosaur? It all can be traced back to 1933,
Milk Carton Over Whitewhen the first paper milk carton was produced in the United States. The original makers of the “milk carton” fortified their paperboard with wax in order to seal it against leakage and deterioration. Up to an extent, the concept worked, but it wasn’t until the 1940s when milk carton board became better popularized.

What led to its popularization was when American diary packagers introduced polyethylene into the paperboard for added strength and waterproofing. While this happened in the 1940s, it took many years for the country to come to its good senses and adopt a technology that was better for carrying milk, and that could, with the help of effective refrigeration, keep milk from spoilage for days on end.

Today milk carton board is used for many other things beyond milk cartons. M&M Partitions uses milk carton paperboard for portioning food and beverage products that are prone to leakage or spillage. That way, if a package gets accidentally overturned or mishandled, the damage to its contents are relegated to a few sections of the box, and won’t tend to flood the whole container.

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