Spanish food company Noel Alimentaria has selected paper and packaging firm Mondi to improve the sustainability of its food packaging.

The partners will work closely to find the best packaging solution for Noel Alimentaria’s plant-based and meat food range.

Noel Alimentaria will use Mondi’s PerFORMing paper-based tray for Verday, its rebranded range of sliced plant-based food and vegetarian burgers.

Mondi sales and business development director Falk Paulsen said: “By working very closely with Noel Alimentaria from the outset, we were able to ensure we delivered the best possible option for the entire range of meat and meat free products, using a tray made from renewable and responsibly sourced material that still provides maximum protection for the goods.”

Mondi’s PerFORMing tray is designed to be moulded and modified to a range of different-sized food products.

The company said the paper-based tray has strong barrier protection against moisture and oxygen, maintaining food quality throughout the storage and distribution process.

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It contains 80% paper and uses less plastic than industry-standard trays, which are made of 100% plastic.

German institute Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS) has certified the trays as being recyclable.

Noel Alimentaria corporate marketing director Maria Sánchez said: “We deliver our premium foods across Europe, so the right packaging is essential, in order to maintain the freshness of the products properly and protect them.

“At the same time, sustainability is on top of our agenda, and it was a pleasure to work so closely with Mondi to find the most suitable solution.

“We were able to run the new paper-based trays on our existing machinery and will now be using the same solution for our further ranges of ham and other meat products.”

Mondi recently closed its acquisition of the Duino papermill in Italy for a total consideration of €40m ($43.3m).