Novel methods of skin and vacuum packaging enable extended shelf life and inhibit microbial or fungal growth for hard cheeses. This barrier protection is available against light, water vapour and aromas, creating the ideal atmosphere to preserve optimal taste over long periods. Such packs also maintain the attractive and distinctive shape and colour many of these offer. This visibility can be an important aspect of consumer acceptance and trust for these products. Additionally breathable films provide excellent environments for soft cheeses which need to continue to mature in the pack. Packaging options include films; cheese foils; paper composites; lidding films for spreadable cheeses; thermo formed packs for slices; wrapping films; flow packs and pouches for grated cheeses; as well as the ability to incorporate a host of practical applications, such as easy-open and reclose functionalities.