The first three phases of a US$14.5 mln project to produce high-quality molded fiber hinged lid carryout containers and other products have been completed by Pactiv Corporation at its Moorhead facility. Initial production commenced early in 2009 with project expected to be fully operational by October 2010. The molded fiber products are to be sold under the brand EarthChoice™ Fiber Blend Hingeware. The implementation of this new molded fiber manufacturing process and related customer demand has been so successful that Pactiv is adding additional capacity later in 2010. Pactiv’s new proprietary technology allows for precision molding which results in a lightweight, smooth, strong, high-quality foodservice carryout container. The process allows for finely-molded features such as curves, folds and precise in-molded closures. Made from a blend of wood pulp fibers from sustainable and renewable resources, EarthChoice™ Fiber Blend Hingeware is ASTM D 6868 certified, Cedar Grove Composting-approved and is processed without chlorine.
The packaging meets demand for carry-out food packaging that is sustainable and compostable. As per Pete Lazaredes, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Pactiv’s Foodservice/Food Packaging segment. “Not only are we pleased with response to our EarthChoice™ products -- we are already anticipating additional significant investments in our U.S.- based molded fiber manufacturing capabilities. Unlike many competitive offerings, Pactiv products are manufactured in the U.S., reducing the environmental impact of overseas transportation and distribution.”