About Hovus

Hovus is the industry leader in chub packaging and processing materials. We have achieved this through our inventive packaging solutions such as Hovus' advanced plastic casings and films.

Our mission is to be your partner in developing a casing and film that meets your unique needs. We will be there for you every step of the way: from assessing your initial requirements to customizing material and art work creations, and through rigorous in-house product testing, Hovus offers the highest possible level of commitment in the food packaging industry!

We truly believe that each production facility, and project within that facility, to be a one-of-a kind challenge that affords us an opportunity to devise solutions that work for you—our customer. Whether that is through our enhanced graphical capability for your retail items, the cost savings found in using our high yield casings, the safety afforded through our high temperature films, or our newest innovation—QuikFlavR Smoke Transfer Film—Hovus will be there to serve you both before and after the purchase.

Casing tailored to meet your exact specifications

History

Hovus Incorporated is a national flexible packaging sales organization located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA. Our company focuses on the needs of wholesale food manufacturers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. However, our products may also be useful for any industry seeking low permeability materials. Our products include plastic casings, chub retort films, cooking bags and various polyethylene items.

Our sales staff were among the first to introduce plastic casings to the United States with evaluations lasting through several years and over numerous applications. Our customers have relied upon this experience to create packaging that works in each of their unique settings on a consistent and cost-effective basis.

All of our products are USDA/FDA approved. Kosher and CFIA approvals are also available for most products.

We care about the quality of your product

Our Products

Select a product use to see available casings and films, or select from a product type on the right.

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    CasingsFlat Film

  • Barrier Casings

  • Barrier Flat Film

  • Monolayer Casings

  • Smoke/Color
    Transfer Flat Film

  • Soft and Elastic Barrier Casings

  • Foil Flat Film

  • Semi-permeable Casings

    • Barrier Casings

      Victan® Barrier Casings are specially designed for products with extended shelf life requirements.

      Barrier Flat Film

      Monolayer Casings

      Victan® Monolayer Casing is specially designed for products with non-critical shelf life requirements.

      Smoke/Color
      Transfer Flat Film

      Soft and Elastic Barrier Casings

      Soft and Elastic Barrier Casings are designed for high yield, large diameter, molded form, cooked ham applications.

      Foil Flat Film

      Hovus Foil Flat Films for adhesives and sealants manufactured on horizontal/vertical form, fill and seal equipment such as the poly-clip TSA.

      Hovus Incorporated offers outstanding Foil Flat Films in either 3- or 4-layer laminates. These films are ideal for replacing existing cartridges that have been traditionally used in the adhesive and sealant industries. Hovus Foil Flat Films are also cost effective. Significant savings are realized not only through product use but also by reductions in transportation costs and storage fees. For example: One roll of Hovus Foil Flat Film corresponds to two to three pallets of traditional empty cartridge packages that would incur the increased handling costs associated with “large product volume” items. It is this reduction of product volume that leads to a savings in both shipping and warehousing costs.

      Semi-permeable Casings

      Hovus semi-permeable Victan Smoke Casings are highly adaptive synthetic polymer casings developed to meet the production requirements of smoke-cooked and/or semi-dried sausages.

      Victan® Smoke permeability is selective to both smoke and water vapor components--thereby, allowing the manufacture of various groups of meat products that have been traditionally made in natural, collagen, fibrous or cellulose-based casings.

    Uses

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  • Cooked Sausage
    (Non-Smoked)

  • Cooked Sausage (Smoked)

  • Cooked Hams

  • Raw Meats And Sausage

  • Semi-Dry Sausage

  • Cheese

  • Specialty Foods

  • Technical

Consistent performance at every stage of your production

Customization

Simple line art to full color pictures, and everything in between!

Whatever images you conceive, we can create.

  • 100% customizable
  • Full surface printing available (i.e. edge to edge printing)
  • Casings: UV 12 color flexographic and gravure surface printing
  • Flat Film: gravure and flexographic trap printing
  • Artwork editing and custom artwork creation available

HOVUS will develop a casing or film that meets your unique needs.

Variables include:

  • Form (i.e., shirred, rollstock, cut-clip-loop)
  • Size (i.e., layflat diameter)
  • Strength
  • Color
  • Barrier (i.e., oxygen and water vapor)
  • Shrink (degree of)
  • Adhesion (degree of)
  • 100% customizable graphics

The solution to your packaging requirements

FAQ

Casing

Q: What type of machinery does Hovus’ casings run on?

A: Hovus’ casings run on manual, semi-automatic and fully automatic single and double clip machines.

Q: What are the applications that can be used with Hovus’ shrink and non-shrink casings?

A: Hovus’ shrink and non-shrink casings are great for ham, salami, bologna, chorizo, ground beef, pet food, cook-and-strip applications and freeze-and-strip applications.

Q: What colors do Hovus’ casings come in?

A: Hovus can provide a large variety of extrudable colors plus an infinite amount of other colors made possible through our versatile printing process.

Q: What sizes can Hovus provide casings in?

A: Hovus’ layflat size ranges from 31-285 (material dependent). Hovus can customize to the layflat size that you need.

Q: What are some advantages of Hovus casing material?

A: Hovus’ casing material provides many advantages and benefits. The material has excellent water and oxygen barrier properties--ensuring optimal product protection, quality, and shelf-life. Casing material layflat size can be customized to meet your application needs. Hovus’ high quality gravure and flexographic printing techniques provide ultimate versatility in color and graphic design.

Films

Q: What type of machinery does Hovus’ films run on?

A: Hovus’ films run on vertical and horizontal form, fill-and-seal machines.

Q: What roll sizes are offered for Hovus' films?

A: Hovus offers roll sizes from 3,300 ft. to 5,000 ft.

Q: What are some advantages of Hovus' film material?

A: There are many advantages and benefits of Hovus' film material. With Hovus' films, there is no need to soak prior to production, this promotes efficiency and productivity in the production area. Hovus films are customizable to meet your applications needs. Cling can be added as required and Hovus' excellent high quality gravure and flexographic trap printing techniques provide the ultimate versatility in meeting your customized graphic needs.

Q: What applications can Hovus' flat films be used for?

A: Hovus' flat films are great for ham, chorizo, smoked products, ground products and cheeses.

Smoked Transfer Film

Q: How does Hovus' Smoke Transfer Film work?

A: Hovus’ Smoke Transfer Film is a smoke-coated, 4-layer laminate, flexible-film used to transfer flavor and color onto meat. Flavor and color are transferred during steam cooking to impart an intense smoke color and flavor to meat.

Q: What are the advantages of Hovus' Smoke Transfer Film?

A: There are many benefits and advantages to Hovus’ Smoke Transfer Film. This film comes as high efficiency roll stock with 2,400 ft. per roll for continuous running. Additionally, the smoke transfer layer completely eliminates the need for any additional smoke processing. This is a high-barrier film that provides superior product protection and excellent moisture retention to ensure high yields.

General Questions

Q: Can Hovus print pictures onto these materials?

A: Absolutely! Whatever images you conceive, Hovus can create, from simple line art to full color pictures. Hovus can even provide full-surface (a.k.a. edge-to-edge) printing. For casing materials Hovus uses UV 12 color flexographic and gravure surface printing. For flat films a gravure and flexographic trap printing can be applied. Hovus even provides artwork editing and custom creation services to ensure your product looks great.

Q: How can Hovus develop a casing or film for my unique needs?

A: Hovus customizes everything. Variables we work with include: form (shirred, rollstock, cut-clip-loop), size (layflat diameter), strength, color, barrier (oxygen and water vapor), shrink (degree of), adhesion (degree of), and more.  This is all in addition to our ability to provide 100% customizable graphics. To get started simply give us a call at 610-997-8800, or click “contact” in the top right corner to submit your inquiry.

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