This website uses cookies primarily for visitor analytics. Certain pages will ask you to fill in contact details to receive additional information. On these pages you have the option of having the site log your details for future visits. Indicating you want the site to remember your details will place a cookie on your device. To view our full cookie policy, please click here. You can also view it at any time by going to our Contact Us page.

Secure packaging can keep lid on food waste

18 September 2012

Over 7.2 million tonnes of edible food ends up in landfill in the UK every year, amounting to an approximate annual value of £12billion. The value of food wasted by an average sized family is estimated at £680 every year and food retailers and manufacturers loose approximately £5billion per annum.

These staggering statistics from the Guardian newspaper and government funded, environmental organisation WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme), highlight the desperate need for more to be done throughout the entire supply chain to ensure there is less food waste, which will not only save money but also help the environment as less discarded food would end up in landfill.

Retailers and manufacturers have already made significant inroads to helping reduce the amount of food consumers buy and waste by taking simple preventative steps such as providing clearer date labelling and small pack sizes.

WRAP chief executive, Liz Goodwin announced in late 2011 that these initial waste reduction efforts carried out by the food industry had already saved the UK economy £1.8billion. Despite this achievement, many across the industry including leading packaging specialists KM Packaging Services Ltd thinks more can and needs to be done.

KM Packaging’s managing director, Charles Smithson, believes that the convenience food sector, in particular, could benefit from more reliable and functional packaging solutions, which would help achieve even greater financial savings and result in less product waste.

Mr Smithson said: “Fifteen years ago KM Packaging introduced an innovative lidding technology for smooth wall foil trays. This was designed to provide a superior seal that is reliable and secure whilst also being consumer friendly.”

This high performance tray sealing solution is now one of the most popular lidding options used by the food industry today. Its popularity has grown with the expansion of the chilled and convenience food market, which is estimated, to be worth around £2.3 billion by 2013.

This fast developing market has diversified rapidly and now not only includes traditional ‘tv dinner’ style ready meals but also includes pre-prepared meat joints, vegetable packs, desserts and salads. All of these different applications require their own specific type of lidding.

Mr Smithson continued: “Many of our customers have had bad experiences trying to seal smooth wall foil trays with lidding films from other suppliers. In many cases the lidding film seal fails and in the worst scenarios even falls off when the goods are already on the shelf. This can amount to a huge level of waste, and sometimes a complete product recall.

“With our significant experience of lidding smooth wall foil trays, and the extremely reliable and proven product range, KM Packaging has helped many customers successfully launch in this pack format, avoiding these risks.”
“We are committed to helping our food manufacturing customers understand how different lidding film materials will react in different environments, from processing and storage through to consumer preparation – without this help, customers can get this wrong and it can be very costly.”

Since the launch of its film for foil trays in the 1990s, KM Packaging has established itself as a global market leader in the supply and development of reliable lidding films. The company has an international reputation for not only delivering superior packaging solutions but also for its extensive technical raw material expertise and detailed understanding of food manufacturing processes.

It is this unparalleled depth of knowledge coupled with the company’s impressive network of raw material providers and film manufacturing experts that ensure its lidding solutions are able to meet specific customer requirements.

KM Packaging’s vast technical expertise also allows it to offer superior sealing for a wide range of other tray materials, including APET, CPET, Paperboard, PP, PVC and PS. All of the company’s lidding solutions have been carefully designed to help extend shelf-life, improve product presentation and ensure superior consumer usability.

With lidding film being the cheapest component of convenience packed meals when compared with the cost of the food and tray, it is crucial to ensure optimum functionality, not just in terms of delivering a secure packaging solution but also in terms of improving shelf-life and overall product presentation.

Extending shelf-life can save retailers a fortune by reducing the amount of unsold food on their shelves but achieving this has been a challenge for a lot of processors who have struggled to do this without causing any detriment to product quality.

However, KM Packaging’s flexible and forward-thinking approach in developing multi-layer, high barrier films has proven it can help food manufacturers meet the demands for more efficient packaging, whilst still protecting the integrity of the food.

With the convenience food market continuing to evolve, competition within the sector is also intensifying. This has resulted in greater need for improved product appearance, which until recently has been achieved by using image based cardboard wraps used to enhance appetite appeal.

Mr Smithson commented: “With the industry under increasing pressure to reduce packaging costs there has been a marked shift towards the removal of full, outer wrapping sleeves. From this there has been a definite increase in the take-up of high clarity lidding solutions, which can have a much greater impact on product appearance.

“Consumers want to see more of the product they are actually purchasing and have responded well to this new way of packaging convenience foods. We have developed a range of technologies that ensure our films deliver maximum clarity, prevent fogging on the lid, provide exceptional toughness and impact resilience and are also available with retort processing capabilities.”

To ensure lidding technology meets the variety of demands placed on it, KM Packaging boasts an impressive selection of lidding films. KM has a dedicated testing area, which is equipped with sealing, cooking, chilling and freezing facilities, enabling a range of trials to be undertaken to ensure the lidding film and tray are compatible, whilst also satisfying the manufacturer’s budgetary and aesthetic requirements.

Food manufacturers need packaging services like these to ensure the right sealing so that food will stay fresher for longer, which will bring huge benefits in the battle to reduce the amount of untouched food discarded in the UK each year.


Contact Details and Archive...

Print this page | E-mail this page

RELATED CONTENT...


Article image Schoeller Allibert takes bulk containers to the max

Schoeller Allibert has further enhanced its commitment to help companies reduce their environmental impact with the launch of the MaxiLog® bulk container range.Full Story...

Article image Vertical tray packing solved

Incorporating the very latest FANUC M-710iC/45M robot and Pacepacker’s own-design shingle feed end-effector and tray denester, the STL can vertically pack everything from fresh produce bags (e.g. salad, chopped vegetables, stir fry mixes and noodles), to FMCG ambient goods (coffee, dried pasta, flour) and household cleaning products. Full Story...

Thortons stays sweet on Linx

Seaweed chips in compostable NatureFlex™ packaging

Pacepacker’s new Compact Cartesian Palletiser is a fitting solution

RELATED SPONSORED ARTICLES...


Article image Thinking outside the box…

The design brief for this product was to bring ‘bag in box’ wine into the 21st century. In order to do so, it was decided that wine in a box had to become ‘fashionable’. With the knowledge that 8 out of every 10 bottles of wine bought to drink at home are bought by women plus the knowledge that handbags are at the top of a woman’s most wanted list, the Vernissage Wine Handbag was, without doubt, the most obvious fashion choice.Full Story...

Article image Thinking thin: it pays to consult a specialist

With more and more manufacturers looking for lighter, cheaper and more sustainable packaging, it is no wonder that demand for thin wall mouldings is showing a healthy upward curve. Full Story...

Kliklok announces new Managing Director

Dumpy doesn't have to mean frumpy!

Renting plastic RTP from PHS Teacrate is logistical cost-saving solution for SMEs

MOST VIEWED...


Article image Spray and save on the glazing process

Food glazes are widely used in the bakery sector to improve the look and taste of baked products. Traditionally, this coating process has resulted in substantial waste. Technology advances mean that this is no longer the case. Full Story...

Article image Your flexible friend in the food factory

Suzanne Gill finds out where thermal imaging technology can help around the factory. Full Story...

A dry-ageing process improvement

What role does refrigeration play in the supply chain?

Self diagnostics: an enabler for predictive maintenance

http://www.appetite4eng.co.uk