DS Smith, a sustainable, fibre-based packaging provider, has announced the launch of its seafood box, DryPack, in the US market.

This solution offers a sustainable alternative to traditional non-recyclable expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam containers.  

DryPack is a 100% water-resistant, fully recyclable box that maintains fresh fish below 40°F for more than 40 hours during cold chain operations. 

The containerboard seafood packaging is approved for air freight by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).  

This approval means seafood processors can safely transport fresh fish across both short and long distances.  

The boxes are designed to be space-efficient, can be shipped flat to processors, and require 81% less space than traditional EPS foam boxes.  

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They can be assembled manually or through automation equipment. 

DryPack boxes are manufactured by DS Smith North America Packaging and Paper (NAPP) with its patented Greencoat technology. 

The technology is already utilised in the fresh poultry and produce industries to replace wax-coated boxes that are not recyclable. 

DS Smith NAPP packaging managing director Steven Rose said: “DS Smith is excited to provide the North American seafood industry with a proven, 100% recyclable, fibre-based box that meets uncompromising standards for transporting fresh fish. 

“By shipping empty DryPack seafood boxes flat at a lower price – and moving customers away from non-recyclable EPS boxes and the waste disposal fees those boxes generate – we can give seafood processors an opportunity to increase efficiency and reduce their supply chain costs along with their carbon footprint.” 

The DryPack seafood box is making its debut at the Seafood Processing North America 2024 trade show in Boston, US, from 10-12 March, 2024. 

Last week, DS Smith announced an investment of £48m ($51m) in a new fibre preparation line at its paper mill in Kemsley, England, UK.