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Cup noodles lose the foam and the boiling water thanks to thermoformed PP

A three-layer barrier polypropylene sheet structure is being thermoformed into a fully microwaveable 300-ml plastic pot that allows a wet version of the usually dehydrated snack food, offering consumers increased speed and convenience since the product can be prepared directly in the microwave, instead of requiring the addition of boiling water.

PlasticsToday Staff

July 11, 2011

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Cup noodles lose the foam and the boiling water thanks to thermoformed PP

A three-layer barrier polypropylene sheet structure is being thermoformed into a fully microwaveable 300-ml plastic pot that allows a wet version of the usually dehydrated snack food, offering consumers increased speed and convenience since the product can be prepared directly in the microwave, instead of requiring the addition of boiling water.

RPC Barrier Containers and RPC Bebo Plastik, which developed the bespoke container for Pot Noodle, say the new package design allows the noodles to feature real chunks of meat for the first time in the brand's history.

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RPC Container GTi Pot Noodle

Pot Noodle, which is a Unilever brand, worked with RPC Barrier Containers on the package design, which is thermoformed at RPC Bebo Plastik. The PP/EVOH/PP sheet construction reportedly ensures an effective oxygen barrier for an ambient shelf life of up to 18 months.

The Pot Noodle logo is also embossed on the side of the container to reinforce branding once the outer cardboard sleeve has been removed, and the GTi range is now available in U.K. supermarkets in a variety of flavors, including Tikka Masala, Chilli, and Bolognese.

RPC Bebo Plastik's (Bremervörde, Germany) ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2005 certified facility thermoforms containers and lids in PP, polystyrene, and polyethylene terephthalate, from 100 to 1000 ml. This newest container falls under its line of multi-layer PP for retort and sterilization of ambient, long shelf life products. Decoration facilities include pre- and post printing, labeling, sleeving, and in-mold labeling and thermoforming.

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