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Advances in Packaging

BakeMag.com, April 15, 2010
by Baking Buyer Staff

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With rapid increases in foodservice offerings available nowadays, packaging companies are rising to the occasion with innovative new packaging options geared for this growing marketplace. Functionality and food safety are two key components of the latest advances.

InnoWare Plastic, Inc., for example, just launched its microwavable OctaView Supreme line of hinged foodservice containers featuring a patented, tear-away lid. InnoWare’s technology gives consumers the option of separating the lid from the base for easier dining. The lids can be re-secured on the base for leftovers. No other microwavable food packaging product offers this consumer-convenience combined with the operational benefits of a one-piece container.
Foodservice industry research from Technomic shows that 43% of today’s carry-out and prepared-meal consumers typically re-heat food in the container instead of transferring food to a plate. InnoWare developed the OctaView Supreme line with special features that support this preference to help foodservice and grocery operators appeal to on-the-go consumers. 

According to InnoWare’s Chairman and CEO, Nick Clementi, “The tear-away lid is a convenience consumers appreciate, especially when eating hot food. Operationally, the OctaView is a hinged item with one SKU, which helps operators manage costs as they require less storage space and are easier to handle than two-piece containers. Additionally, hinged containers minimize inventory shrink due to the loss of either lids or bases.”

The containers are made from Advanta, the company’s proprietary polypropylene blend made with up to 13% less plastic than standard polypropylene — a meaningful source reduction. 

The Advanta blend provides improved rigidity and better temperature maintenance than standard polypropylene. The blend makes the OctaView Supreme bases more durable, cut and crush resistant than standard polypropylene containers. It also enhances the line’s superior stacking capabilities which allow operators to use fewer carry-out bags.

Value and Cost Savings
In other new products, current themes in foodservice are value, cost savings and sustainability, and Anchor Packaging delivers all these with its newly re-designed MicroRaves M700 series. The line features 10 new SKUs including four platters, and four interchangeable matching lids, and two combo packs, in one single footprint to minimize SKUs.

Polypropylene vented anti-fogging lids are available for hot displays and warming units, and along with the polypropylene platters, will withstand temperatures up to 230ºF. A cold lid, made of crystal clear PET, is ideal for cold case merchandising. The platters are available in a 32-ounce, 48-ounce deep version, as well as 2-compartment and 3-compartment meal options. A hot lid 32-ounce combo pack and a cold lid 32-ounce combo pack are the final items that fill out this full line. Innovative new platter and lid designs were engineered to provide for positive stacking in the hot and cold display, or during consumer transit home.

Advances in Sustainability
A number of advances are happening on the sustainability front, as witnessed by recent news that the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership has certified Robbie, Lenexa, KS, as a certified SGP Printer.

Robbie becomes a Certified Partner with the Sustainable Green Printing (SGP) Partnership, an important organization promoting sustainable green printing practices in the print and graphic communications industry. Certification allows Robbie to participate in SGP’s network of preferred green printers for the print buying community.

This certification furthers Robbie’s leadership role in the flexographic printing industry. From core philosophy to technological revolution, Robbie embraces sustainability in every area:
following SGP business practices and establishing sustainability policies
creating and implementing technological breakthroughs in environmentally responsible packaging
identifying and creating cost-effective packaging solutions benefiting the consumer, society and the environment
forming a Sustainability Task Force for sustainability research and improvements
encouraging team members to attend charity and community events, to recycle and to participate in important environmental and safety training
educating Robbie’s employees, supply chain, clients and local community about sustainability, green choices, recycling and more

Food Safety Tools
Food safety continues to be a vitally important development in advances in packaging technology. PWP Industries is offering retailers an opportunity to lock out tampering and lock in freshness with the introduction of its new Tamper-Resistant rectangular containers. The innovative, patented design of the containers not only help improve safety by minimizing risk of food tampering but also lock in product freshness and reduce messy spills due to its leak resistant air-tight seal.

According to Ira Maroofian, President & COO, PWP Industries, the Tamper-Resistant Rectangles offer better functionality to the competition’s current industry offering since the containers have no loose pieces to throw away, eliminating safety concerns such as choking hazards. The sleek, modern design also does away with the need for shrink bands or wrap around labels eliminating the bands from ending up in landfills. Heat tunnels for shrink band application are no longer required.

As a rapidly growing leader in innovative thermoformed plastic food packaging and an industry leader in environmental stewardship, PWP is producing this new product line with a minimum of 25% FDA-compliant Post-Consumer Recycled PETE (PCR) which is produced in PWP’s own facility. PWP is working with Coca-Cola Recycling LLC to transform Post-Consumer Recycled PETE bottles into FDA-compliant food packaging.

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