KM Packaging, a leading global supplier of flexible packaging and lidding films, has harnessed its leading-edge KPeel range of advanced lidding film solutions to develop new, resource efficient, reduced-plastic packaging.
The KPeel range offers a high-performance, ‘seal and peel’ solution for renewable pulp and pressed board trays, to allow manufacturers to respond to widespread consumer demand for new sustainable packaging solutions. Combining a renewable resource tray with KPeel high performance lidding presents manufacturers with an economical first-step in plastic reduction.
Charles Smithson, Managing Directorat KM Packaging, said: "Many food manufacturers and fresh produce packers are now keen to switch from plastic trays to alternative tray types. By combining our advanced KPeel range of lidding films with renewable resource trays, customers can achieve significant reductions in rigid plastic packaging without compromising on performance, product protection or retail presentation."
During recent trials, KM Packaging demonstrated the significant plastic reduction achievable by moving from a traditional clamshell packaging format for fresh produce to a new, resource efficient solution utilising the KPeel range. As a result of successful trialling, KM Packaging is now actively engaged in bringing a number of fresh produce packing projects to the market.
Mr. Smithson continued: "Testing has shown that fresh fruit producers could achieve a plastic reduction of 95% by moving to a pulp or pressed board tray sealed with KPeel lidding film, a fantastic achievement for any customer looking to dramatically reduce their plastic usage. The range’s high-level transparency and clarity create outstanding shelf appeal for fresh produce punnets."
"By making this switch, customers can achieve significant plastic reduction while ensuring optimum functionality is retained. KM Packaging’s compostable range of lidding films is also currently in trial and will present additional opportunities for sustainable packaging solutions."
The highly versatile KPeel lidding film range is suitable for a wide range of needs including ambient, chilled, frozen and dual ovenable applications. Anti-fog is available for chilled packs, and the range can be printed to give products standout on-shelf presence.
Recently launched, KPeel Plus, for example, is the ideal solution for ready meal manufacturers looking to achieve a more resource efficient approach to packaging convenience foods. Combined with a PET-lined pressed board tray, it offers enhanced sealing capabilities for tricky foodstuffs, such as oily products, processed vegetables, pasta and sauces. This format reflects current market trends, as food manufacturers increasingly seek alternative packaging solutionsthat can deliver significant reductions in plastic use without compromising on functionality.
The KPeel range is suitable for printing, perforation and lamination to add functionality such as high barrier or improved strength. KPeel is available in a range of thicknesses from 16-40 microns to meet the needs of a wide range of pack applications. Mono-PET solutions are also available, offering recyclable solutions, where local collections permit.
KM Packaging delivers advanced flexible packaging solutions and expertise to food manufacturers around the globe with export sales representing 40% of its business. With impressive growth in international markets, the KM Packaging team are deeply committed to researching, visiting and supporting export customers wherever in the world they may be.
Source: KM Packaging