Huhtamaki and the 2M Group of Companies have announced a multi-year supply deal to deploy deep-tech company Xampla’s plastic-free Morro coating polymer to replace traditional barrier coatings in a range of takeaway containers.

Made from plant protein, Morro Coating is food-contact-safe and delivers grease, water and oxygen barrier performance as well as heat-seal ability.

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Classified as a natural polymer, the material is free from both per and polyfluorinated substances, known as “forever chemicals”, and plastic. The material is also exempt from the European Commission’s Single-Use Plastic Directive.

The deal will see Morro Coating deployed at scale in selected foodservice on-the-go applications, enhancing Huhtamaki’s wider use of alternative recyclable and compostable packaging solutions derived from renewable sources.

Huhtamaki now has exclusivity on the use of the coating in foodservice containers made from fluted corrugated board. 

The company’s UK manufacturing facilities supply packaging solutions to quick service restaurant, speciality coffee and catering brands.

Huhtamaki UK and Ireland general manager Andy Hesp commented: “The adoption of Xampla’s technology on some of our core foodservice solutions further contributes towards our drive to protect food, people and the planet.”

Xampla CEO Alexandra French added: “The biggest name players in the food sector trust Huhtamaki as the first choice in sustainable packaging solutions, so their introduction of Xampla’s coating allows a positive environmental change to benefit millions of consumers.”

The 2M Group is looking to agree further partnerships for other applications of Xampla technology.