European paper and packaging solutions provider Antalis has launched an eco-friendly thermal packaging solution for food manufacturers and retailers.

Known as WrapPak Protector, the solution will enable manufacturers and retailers to transport their chilled or frozen goods at a relatively low price.

The WrapPak Protector system, which was created by Dutch packaging manufacturer Ranpak, comprises a machine that compresses layers of paper to produce a unique thermal wrapping infill.

The paper filling is projected as an alternative to plastic or foam void-fill.

According to Antalis, the paper filling can be used to line the inside of a box to ensure enhanced insulation for chilled and frozen foods. The company added that the paper filling can be customised to include up to four layers of paper.

“It is much more cost-effective than their existing packaging operations.”

Antalis ‘In The Box’ packaging systems and solutions manager Scott Day said: “More and more of our customers, particularly in the food and e-commerce sectors, are exploring ways to include eco-friendly solutions within their packaging process whilst still maintaining the highest standards of protection when it comes to transporting their goods through the supply chain.

“The WrapPak Protector system is truly a one of a kind paper packaging solution, which is not only sustainable and easy to recycle, offering the ultimate protection and insulation for chilled and frozen foods, but for many businesses, it is much more cost-effective than their existing packaging operations.”

The solution is compatible with any box size and is expected to offer several cost-savings as the infill can be produced on-demand and with greater precision.

Ready meals provider Diet Chef is already using the WrapPak Protector for its frozen hamper.