Alliance Rubber is a third-generation family-owned company that is designated as WOSB or Women-Owned Small Businesses. In addition, 94% of our sales meet the “Buy American” standard for U.S.-made products. By sourcing our products domestically, our customers are assured that our stock is fresher, our service faster, our fill-rate is better, and our quality is consistently the highest. We are proud to serve commercial fisheries and other seafood-focused companies with our crab shell, lobster claw, and seafood rubber bands.
Considerations & Properties of Food Service/Seafood Rubber Bands
There are specific FDA regulations that apply to rubber bands used for food service packaging. The Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 addresses rubber articles intended for repeated use with food for human consumption. It itemizes how rubber can be safely used in production, preparation, manufacture, packing, processing, transportation, or holding of food. It includes standards such as that the rubber must be from natural or synthetic polymers, it cannot change the food or be used in excess quantities, and it must be recognized as safe for food packaging material, including natural latex and silicone.
Latex is the soft, white substance beneath the bark of a rubber tree that protects the tree from insects. Once the natural latex is harvested, it may undergo additional processing, such as compounding, coagulation, vulcanization, centrifugation, stripping, chlorination, leaching, and lubrication to produce the final natural rubber product.
Silicone is a man-made polymer created by heating silica and carbon to high temperatures. Though it is a synthetic rubber, it is a hybrid of organic compounds known as hydrocarbons. It is considered food safe since it is resistant to chemicals and high temperatures, doesn’t react with foodstuffs, and doesn’t create hazardous byproducts that could affect workers or consumers.
Our seafood bands offer many benefits for the commercial fishing industry, including:
- Band It! – Our natural latex and food-safe silicone rubber bands assist with catching, processing, or packaging.
- Trace It! – Our bands for traceability in packaging can be printed with information such as fishing boat numbers to ensure freshness and source identification.
- Brand It! – Remind consumers of who you are as they use your products with our bands for branding & promotion. We can print your brand or logo for instant brand recognition.
Seafood Rubber Banding Machines by Alliance Rubber
Our company also offers rubber banding machines for commercial fisheries. Lobster fishing is demanding and can be hard on banders. It takes a toll on the body, resulting in pain and swelling in the forearms and fingers and contributing to carpal tunnel in their wrists. At Alliance Rubber, our team recognized that toll, so we developed a machine that simplifies the banding process.
High-quality lobsters demand a high market price. The quality is indicated by a hard shell, which equals a high survival rate, high meat yield, and safe transportability. Our lobster banding machine increases the quality of the lobster by decreasing the length of handling time and touchpoints. With our machine, banding lobster claws goes from a grueling, physical task to a quick motion as simple as sliding the claws into the waiting, expanded band and pulling them upward to release the band from the machine.
Quality Lobster Claw Elastic Bands and Oyster Bands from Alliance Rubber
When your business depends on food-safe packaging products, you want assurance they are American-made in compliance with FDA regulations. At Alliance Rubber, we demand only the highest quality raw materials to deliver reliable, safe products to our customers. Our latex and silicone seafood bands were developed with the commercial fishing industry in mind. They address the most pressing concerns, from catching, processing, and packaging to tracing to brand recognition.
We didn’t stop there, though. Our team also developed our lobster banding machine to make delivering and selling high-quality lobsters easier on banders. It not only saved them from repetitive stress injury but increased the quality of the lobsters by reducing the time of handling and number of touchpoints.