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Amcor Commercializes Recycle-Ready Thermoforming Films

New PrimeSeal and DairySeal films offer up to 80% reduction in carbon footprint compared to similar packaging solutions for meats, fish, and dairy products.

Rick Lingle, Senior Technical Editor

January 17, 2023

2 Min Read
Image courtesy of Amcor

Amcor has launched in Europe new PrimeSeal and DairySeal  Recycle-Ready Thermoforming Films for meat and dairy that offer excellent packaging performance and improved circularity of packaging.

Suitable for fresh and processed meat and fish, as well as hard cheese, the new packaging is heat resistant up to 90°C/194°F and is made with low ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer content without compromising the shelf-life of perishable foods.

Certified as recyclable by Cyclos-HTP, the films are recyclable within polyethylene (PE) streams and offer up to 80% lower carbon footprint compared to existing polyamide (PA)/PE thermoforming films.

The new films are highly transparent with a clear gloss to help demonstrate the quality of products to shoppers and boast a tight, wrinkle-free packaging. Ranging from 85 to 200 microns thicknesses with custom-engineered forming, the packaging is puncture- and abrasion-resistant for increased product protection.

 “Meat, fish and dairy producers today are looking for better choices when it comes to more sustainable packaging,” says Rosalia Rosalinova, senior marketing manager, Amcor. “As our customers look at ways of reducing their own carbon footprint, we are constantly evolving our product portfolio to support them. Our new thermoforming films offer both businesses and consumers a better choice when it comes to recycle-ready packaging.”

According to a source with Amcor, the company is “currently conducting trials with several fresh and processed meat customers as well as for meat alternatives applications, both in continental Europe and the UK.”

When asked about the availability of the materials in the US, Amcor tells us that “for the time being, there’s a slightly different grade of the European range available in the US. The forming films are also PE-based monomaterials.”

The new PrimeSeal and DairySeal Recycle-Ready Thermoforming Films are available for customer orders in Europe, Middle East, and Africa as of January 2023.

About the Author(s)

Rick Lingle

Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday

Rick Lingle is Senior Technical Editor, Packaging Digest and PlasticsToday. He’s been a packaging media journalist since 1985 specializing in food, beverage and plastic markets. He has a chemistry degree from Clarke College and has worked in food industry R&D for Standard Brands/Nabisco and the R.T. French Co. Reach him at [email protected] or 630-481-1426.

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