Plastic packaging company FaerchPlast has created a new suite of perforated snap trays for prepared UK-based food provider Bakkavor Meals Sutton Bridge.
Developed in cooperation with Bakkavor, the black crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET) two-compartment trays were used to relaunch Bakkavor’s Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One food range, which includes seven varieties.
The trays can be easily snapped apart due to the integral waved perforation within the pack design, to ensure a consistent and clean snap.
Furthermore, the new packaging enables users to separately microwave the main meal and the pilau rice accompaniment.
Bakkavor Meals Sutton Bridge senior process technologist Nikitta Halifax said: “Until recently, we used a standard compartmented CPET tray from FaerchPlast for the Tesco Indian Meal for One range.
“As part of our focus on continuous improvement, we asked FaerchPlast to develop a perforated two-compartment tray that could be easily snapped apart, allowing the consumer to microwave the main dish and rice separately resulting in better product quality.
“After several samples and trials, they designed a robust pack that was easy for the consumer to snap yet remained intact during transit and throughout our highly automated production process, including de-nesting, filling, sealing and sleeving functions.”
In addition, FaerchPlast will provide a new four-compartment CPET tray to Bakkavor for another range of Tesco Indian ready-meals comprising a main dish, pilau rice, Bombay potato and onion bhaji.