Integrated paper and pulp manufacturer Twin Rivers Paper has enhanced its food packaging offering with the reformulation of its EcoBarrier product line.
The changes are in response to the increasing demand for fluorochemical-free, oil and grease resistant (OGR) food packaging substrates.
EcoBarrier’s paper is in line with the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) direct food contact requirements. The grease resistant paper is also suitable for gluing, folding, and laminating.
Additionally, the 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and plastic-free paper is available in a basis weight range of 18 – 30lb /29 – 49gsm.
Twin Rivers Paper packaging director Rachel Van Wychen said: “Eight years ago, EcoBarrier was one of the first commercialised non-fluorinated papers. Our time in the market gives us a unique understanding of evolving packaging needs and the foresight to know that FC-free papers would quickly become the standard.
“Our development team worked closely with some of the largest and most well-known fast-food brands in the country to re-engineer this high-value substrate, leveraging our barrier expertise and state-of-the-art papermaking technology.”
The improved paper can be used for burger wraps, basket liners, French fry and hashbrown pouches, cookie bags, and microwave food bags.
Twin Rivers Paper product development engineer Danielle Thibodeau said: “We’ve been working hard on the EcoBarrier reformulation; testing and refining the paper’s engineering until we were satisfied it delivers best-in-class quality and performance in the critical areas of barrier protection, printability, and convertibility.”
Ecobarrier is part of the company’s Acadia line portfolio, which specialises in highly-functional coated and uncoated packaging papers.