LVF rhug meat skinpack

UK-based Leeds Vacuum Formers (LVF) has officially launched its new range of Skinpack trays, in order to expand its presence across the meat packaging industry.

The new product line by the thermoformed packaging specialist is expected to generate ‘new and add-on’ business for the company, which intends to also push its modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) solutions in the meat market.

The trays have been created with a unique semi-transparent black tinted material that offers enhanced product visibility and improves its aesthetic appeal.

LVF managing director Nigel Coates said: "To date, our work on Skinpacking had been limited to bespoke solutions in response to specific client requests, but with the meat market in particular moving more and more in this direction it was imperative we developed our own solution."

"It was imperative we developed our own solution."

Organic company Rhug Estate has already placed an order to use the LVF solution for packing 28-day dry aged steaks. The solution was recommended to the company by meat processor, Dovecote.

LVF’s MAP and Skinpacking ranges can ensure that the foods stay fresh as long as possible without any artificial additive use.

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MAP has been developed to seal foods in a tray containing a mixture of natural gases in carefully controlled proportions for enhanced food preservation.

On the other hand, Skinpacking features a flexible top film that can be pulled down over the food to create a vacuum seal, ensuring a longer shelf life.

The range also offers reduced weight for plastic packaging, along with benefits, including removal of an absorbent pad to soak up unsightly fluid loss, greater shelf visibility and less shelf space.

The products are available in both standard D-series footprints and bespoke sizes, and are made from Mono rPET, which supports post-consumer recycling of the product.

In July, LVF announced investments for an expansion of its production centre in an effort to double its turnover within the next five years.

Image: Skinpack trays are made of a unique semi-transparent black tinted material that offers enhanced product visibility. Photo: courtesy of LVF.