British printed cardboard packaging producer Benson Group has expanded its product portfolio with the launch of new microwave cooking solutions.

The company has developed the new range under a partnership with its parent company Graphic Packaging International.

Benson’s new range includes DesignerWare, MicroFlex-Q, Quilt Wave, Qwik Crisp, Focus Inset Carton and MicroRite.

Made with paperboard and plastic, DesignerWare is capable of providing barrier protection to products and is manufactured in a range of shapes and sizes. It can also be printed to maximise graphics and text areas.

The printable and moisture- and grease-resistant MicroFlex-Q is a flexible packaging film for browning and crisping food products, while Quilt Wave has been designed to be used with irregularly shaped food products. Qwik Crisp is designed to unique specification and can be used in various formats, including cartons and trays.

The company has also introduced Focus Inset Carton, which claims to eliminate the need for secondary packaging elements and helps in browning and crisping food.

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MicroRite also uses susceptor technology and manages the microwave energy during the cooking process, which helps in reducing loss of moisture from product.

"Benson’s new range includes DesignerWare, MicroFlex-Q, Quilt Wave, Qwik Crisp, Focus Inset Carton and MicroRite."

Benson Group Marketing director Helene Roberts said: "Graphic Packaging is a worldwide leader in enhanced microwave packaging, with a range of solutions that can be customised to meet individual customers’ requirements.

"The microwave cooking solutions now available to Benson Group are products already commercially available in the US and combine a number of market-leading technologies.

"This includes the use of materials that have the ability to focus microwave energy exactly where it’s needed in order to deliver consistent, even heating, steaming or browning and crisping of food."

The Benson Group primarily manufactures packaging for the food industry. Currently employing more than 800 people in the UK, the company is expected to achieve sales of around £100m in the coming year.

Image: Benson Group has launched a complete range of microwave solutions. Photo: courtesy of Benson Group.