KM Packaging Services has launched two new lidding films for packaging ambient ready meals containing uncooked meat, vegetables and sauces.
The new ovenable films, which are available as part of KM Packaging’s Superguard X range, can guarantee each product’s integrity and allow uncooked produce to be stored at ambient temperatures for nearly a year.
The UK-based company’s new film technology is said to extend the shelf-life of the food products by up to one year.
According to the company, the ambient ready meals, which are presented in a C-PET Tray usually, require lidding films that are ovenable and able to withstand rigorous retort processes.
The new films are said to exceed the performance of films that are used by some food manufacturers at present and deliver improved peelability, high barrier properties and film clarity.
KM Packaging managing director Charles Smithson said food manufacturers have recently come under pressure to source reliable packaging materials, following an increase in demand for ambient ready meals considerably from organisations such as airlines, the military and shipping vessels.
"Our latest lidding film technology has stemmed from a number of requests from food manufacturers," Smithson said.
The company’s ability to identify the key film functionalities, which would be affected by different processing techniques, storage atmospheres and logistic conditions that the product would be placed in, was the key aspect that has led to the new lidding films.