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International accolade for FFP's Estercook high temperature packaging

10 June 2014

Each year, a small number of exceptional pieces of packaging are honoured at the DuPont Packaging Awards in the USA. Among only 16 packs featured this year was FFP’s Estercook pack for Asda’s Butcher’s Selection Simply Roast In The Bag Chicken.

This revolutionary concept that allows consumers to take home a fully wrapped whole bird and safely cook it in the pack; delicious, succulent, perfectly browned, with raw poultry never being exposed to the air once it leaves the factory.

The DuPont award rewards the work FFP, along with strategic partners including Asda, the packer Faccenda Foods and machinery manufacturer Ulma, did to develop innovation and ensure oven temperature safety, including a series of stringent tests that covered the complete make-up of every component of the packaging. Every packaging manufacturer must, of course, comply with the Food Contact Framework Regulation (EC) 1935:2004, which covers the general requirement to manufacture packaging that does not harm human health, but FFP’s testing went well beyond normal testing procedures to include NIAS (Not Intentionally Added Substances), to offer customers certainty of packaging safety.

As Mark Armstrong, Packaging Development Manager Procurement Asda House, put it: “The project was a perfect example of collaborative working throughout the entire chain. Machinery manufacturer, printer, product supplier and retailer all working from the same brief with a common goal. Fantastic.

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