LINPAC Packaging (UK) has announced to double its investment in production equipment for its Rfresh® range due to increased demand for packaging with recycled content. LINPAC will invest in two additional rPET (recycled PET) sheet extrusion lines at its Featherstone site to complement two ground-breaking lines installed in early 2008. It provides the company with the ability to manufacture a further 400 mln trays a year. As per the company, the technology employed by both new and existing extrusion lines at LINPAC meets complete food contact safety standards from the FDA, plus new, stricter EFSA protocols. This innovation enables LINPAC to use 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) flake while maintaining the same food contact integrity of prime virgin PET.
Rfresh, which uses a minimum of 50% post-consumer recyclate, is capable of preserving fresh meat, fish and poultry for up to 10 days in a conventional chilled distribution system, meeting the needs of supermarkets. The manufacturing investment of £3 million not only expands the volume of Rfresh products LINPAC can produce, but also their variety - enabling the company to actively respond to changing consumer trends. The investment will make LINPAC one of the largest producers of rPET packaging in the UK.