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Sustainable minced meat packaging solution

10 December 2020

Food manufacturers are coming under increasing pressure from consumers to reduce plastics used in packaging. Trayless minced meat packaging offers a sustainable packaging solution that can help reduce the use of plastic. 

ULMA has recently relaunched a campaign on how to package minced meat safely with minimal environmental impact.

It is highlighting how, by implementing modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) on horizontal flow wrap packaging lines, minced meat can be packed in sustainable trayless packaging. By using MAP with pillow packaging, for example, substantial plastic savings can be made when compared to trayed solutions, while also protecting products with no discolouration, leakage, or compromise on shelf life.

ULMA also advices that companies look into the possibility of using films that can form trayless minced meat shrink packs with MAP. By using thinner, recycled films suited to shrink packaging, it is possible to make additional sustainability savings through smaller pack volumes. ULMA’s solution, for example, requires 80% less space to transport compared to tray-based packaging, and 30% less space to transport products to retail spaces, resulting in lower CO2 emissions and cost savings due to logistics efficiencies.

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