Flexible packaging solutions provider ProAmpac is producing a high-barrier pouch from 25% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials for US-based food company Justin’s new nuts range.

The pouch uses a food-contact FDA-compliant structure and 40% recycled plastic in the sealant film to reduce its total carbon footprint.

ProAmpac chief commercial officer Adam Grose said: “This flexible package is one of the first commercial pouches for food packaging to combine such a high proportion of PCR material, reducing the carbon footprint of the package without sacrificing the high-barrier snack food requirements.

“We believe this is a pioneering step in food packaging to further enhance the sustainable advantages of a flexible format.”

According to the company, the pouch includes high oxygen and moisture barrier properties, preserves product freshness and depicts crisp branded graphics.

ProAmpac research, innovation and technology director Hesam Tabatabaei said that they combined flexographic inks, coating technologies and optimised lamination processes to eliminate hazy and inconsistent appearance, resulting in a package with standout shelf appeal.

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Grose added: “ProAmpac is advancing the use of sustainable materials in our packaging products, while not sacrificing performance.

“In addition, we’re engaging employees, collaborating with suppliers and customers, and teaming with neighbours to make the communities in which we operate, as well as the packaging we make, even better.”

Established in 2004, Justin’s offers a range of natural nut butter and USDA-certified organic nut butter cups and snacks.

In April, ProAmpac introduced a line of coatings, Signature Surfaces, to enhance the tactile feel of consumer packaging.