You probably do not even notice it but the packaging of a food product plays a great role in its amount of sales. For example, think of this scenario: what would you do if you see two similar food items from different companies stacked side by side on the department store shelf, which one would you go for? If you have not had experience with either of them, you would most probably go for the one with the better looking packaging. From this example, you can judge the importance of a good packaging of a food product.
This does not mean that you can freely sell under par products just by making a cool packaging. Eventually, people are going to find out what the stuff inside the packaging is all about and sales will drop dramatically. The best way to go is to sell quality products wrapped in a quality packaging. With this combination, you can be at the top of the competition for a long time.
It is important to remember that the packaging should be somewhat appealing to the people that you intend to target. For example, if your food product is targeted for kids, then it would help to make some designs that would appeal to the kids, like one with famous cartoon characters. Also, all the necessary nutritional information should also be displayed to help the people make decisions on whether or not they should buy it. The ingredients is something that should not be forgotten.
At the end of the day, the consumers do not even notice the hard work that had been put into the designing of the packaging. However, the design itself is etched in their memory and if it is good enough they will remember it the next time they are out there shopping for a similar product.