Packaging and paper manufacturer Mondi has collaborated with organic farm BIOhof Kirchweidach to develop a sustainable packaging solution for fresh produce on the vine.

Named as Coral Tray, the new packaging is in line with BIOhof’s aims to replace its packaging with a recyclable and plastic-free solution. The farm initially used 2.5g of plastic film per pack.

The 500g packs of tomatoes with new packaging will be distributed to German retailer REWE Group-owned PENNY supermarkets. The new packaging supports REWE Group’s sustainability goals.

The fully recyclable packaging is made of renewable material and recycled corrugated board, with an average recycling rate of more than 80% in Europe.

Mondi corrugated solutions product innovation manager Jan Blankiewicz said: “At Mondi, we are committed to being Sustainable by Design and were delighted to work with BIOhof to help expand their portfolio of sustainably packaged products. The Coral Tray offers great shelf appeal. Mondi’s expertise ensured the perfect balance was struck between good consumer view of the product inside, tray stability for stacking during transport and perfect stiffness for mechanisation.”

Designed by packaging experts at Mondi Grünburg in Austria with BIOhof’s team, Coral Tray consists of a one-piece corrugated tray with integrated lid made of lightweight F-Flute.

BIOhof can use the solution for other small organic produce as it can be mechanised for up to six different package sizes.

BIOhof Kirchweidach managing director Florian Steiner said: “Due to the stability of the packaging, the product is extremely well protected against damage. It also eliminates the risk of the tomatoes being bruised in the shopping basket or on the way home with consumers.”

Earlier this month, Mondi launched a fully recyclable packaging solution called PerFORMing in partnership with Austrian dairy producer SalzburgMilch and hypermarket chain SPAR.