Fibre-based products manufacturer Ahlstrom has teamed up with sustainable packaging provider The Paper People to launch a sustainable packaging solution for frozen food.
Co-developed by the two companies, this fully fibre-based packaging is specifically designed to replace traditional fossil-based plastic and films for frozen food packaging.
The packaging is recyclable and can be used on existing packaging equipment including vertical form-fill-seal, stand-up pouches, and SOS-style systems.
The Paper People’s president Neil Bretl said: “The package can also be used in flow wrap and bundle wrap applications. We worked diligently to ensure these materials could easily replace traditional non-renewable substrates on existing equipment.”
The new packaging combines The Paper People’s US Food and Drug Administration-approved Paperlock G technology with Ahlstrom’s FluoroFree barrier papers, delivering significant grease resistance while offering a sustainable alternative to non-renewable packaging.
The packaging can be printed in up to ten colours using both flexographic and digital printing. It is also available with a compostable zipper in both standard and Inno-Lok style configurations.
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Ahlstrom’s food and consumer executive vice-president Mark Ushpol said: “Our BoundlessBarriers technologies are helping our customers achieve the next generation of truly sustainable packaging.
“Included in this portfolio of barrier ranges is our PFAS-[per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances] free FluoroFree technology which boasts the highest levels of grease-resistance currently available in the marketplace.”
“Collaborative partnerships, such as this frozen food development with The Paper People, are what’s needed to continue to push the boundaries of creating more renewable and sustainable packaging that has a better end-of-life.”