Clearly Clean Products has launched recyclable, overwrap food trays with downgauged tray thicknesses.

The trays are made from PET and feature a patented rolled edge, mitigating tears in the overwrap film and providing a hoop strength that will reportedly maintain the tray’s structural integrity despite it being a thinner gauge.

The Pennsylvania-based company is offering an alternative for grocery retailers who typically receive their foam food trays in bundles. Clearly Clean’s grocery program enables trays to be packed in quantities similar to foam trays for easy use at store level.

In addition, when food is packaged in the store or at a local distribution center, the tray can be a thinner gauge because there is minimal shipping involved.

The trays come in 21 sizes, are available with or without pads, and can be tailored to meet retailers’ needs.

Clearly Clean CEO Jimmy Herring comments: “Historically, we have primarily sold to food processors. But as consumer pressure increases and government bans and corporate sustainability goals begin to take effect, retailers and wholesalers are increasingly looking for more eco-friendly options.”

International grocery retailers are constantly on the hunt for sustainable food packaging solutions, with Tesco launching mince packaging with 70% less plastic, and Sainsbury’s switching to cardboard trays for its steak range.