A new development has been launched as an alternative packaging to the tin can for processed vegetables. The development of an innovative multi-layer polypropylene pack is set to deal yet another blow to the metal packaging sector, which has seen a shift away from traditional methods of packaging and a move towards new innovative plastics.
The new packaging for vegetables (including beans, peas and mixed vegetables) has the benefits of:
* An ambient shelf life upto 2 years
* Ease in stacking
* Individually separable compartments that can be easily and quickly reheated in the microwave.
The packaging has the added consumer benefit of ease in reheatablity. Each pack consists of 2-4 individual portions in lightweight sealed trays. The transparent pack is designed for ease of filling and maintains its shape during sterilisation. It is sealed with a peelable transparent multilayer film from LPF Flexible Packaging, and its rectangular form takes up only one third of the space required for metal cans of equivalent capacity.
27 billion food cans are used every year in Europe alone. Will this new packaging replace the steel can, which is a tried, tested and trusted form of high performance packaging?