Company launches sustainable grab-and-go packaging

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March 06, 2012


BioMass Packaging has launched a new line of packaging that helps consumers grab sustainability on the go.

BioMass Packaging, which is a division of Excellent Packaging , has added modular, single-serve food containers to its line of compostable foodservice solutions. Made entirely from NatureWorks Ingeo biopolymer, a PLA-based material, the compostable Greenware line consists of a basic cup, an insert with a secure lid, and either a flat or domed lid that snaps on tight.

Allen King, president of Excellent Packaging, told PlasticsToday while the cup and insert combination has been around for a while, this is the first cup with an insert made from plant-derived plastic.

"One of the things we do as a company, we always look for holes in the marketplace, and we have had requests for this type of insert made from green and biobased packaging," he said. "Now, they can increase profitability and still meet their commitment to sustainability."

King said the concept behind these new cups and inserts is to help package and present foods that need to be combined just before eating. This new line of packaging is designed to hold snacks and meals such as parfait, granola, and fruit combos, chips and salsa, and salad, croutons and dressing. Up to three different ingredients can be offered in one grab-and-go format. The cup inserts work with multiple cup and lid sizes.

King said some consumers, and maybe even food operators, might not be aware this type of packaging exists.

"You don't see a lot of this type of packaging regardless what is made from," he said. "But I think our line can give operators something new to offer their customers, and the fact it is available in a biobased Ingeo cup, adds the frosting to the cake and makes it even more exciting."

The new Ingeo-based cups and inserts are sold in cases of 1,000 units and are now available for immediate delivery.

"We think it's going to be a huge hit with hotels, delis, coffee shops, and supermarkets," King said. "These nature-based plastic containers can tell a tremendous story - eating natural food in a natural container."

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