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Fabri-Kal Debuts Sustainable Foodservice Packaging

Crystal-clear and leak-resistant Recycleware containers are made with a minimum of 20 to 50% post-consumer recycled PET material.

Clare Goldsberry

October 26, 2020

3 Min Read
Recycleware container
Image: Fabri-Kal

Fabri-Kal, a company based in Kalamazoo, MI, known for its high-quality containers, has launched its latest sustainable product line — Recycleware containers. Coming on the heels of the company’s Greenware plant-based products introduced in July, Recycleware containers are made with a minimum of 20 to 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) PET material. Recycleware containers are made in the USA and are recyclable in communities that accept these products. With the introduction of this new brand, Fabri-Kal is reinforcing its commitment to furthering a circular economy by giving recycled plastics a second useful life and keeping them out of the environment.

Recycleware containers for grab-and-go snacks can be used to pair multiple food combinations. Image courtesy Fabri-Kal.

“Recycleware allows us to do more while consuming fewer raw materials. Our foodservice packaging made from post-consumer recycled PET bottles enables operators to show their commitment to the environment while displaying products in Recycleware containers,” said Mike Roeder, President and COO. “By using Recycleware containers, your customers will understand that you are as committed to the future as they are.”

Recycleware containers are crystal-clear, durable, and leak resistant. Supermarkets, convenience stores, and commercial foodservice venues such as educational institutions and sports arenas can use these containers to showcase foods to consumers while lowering their environmental impact. Recycleware containers safely serve food in packaging suited for takeout, merchandising, and grab-and-go consumption.

The Recycleware product family includes:

  • On-the-go boxes made with a minimum of 50% PCR PET are ideal for grab-and-go snacks and food presentations surrounding deli counters to lure customers, said the company. These containers are available with stackable lids and are designed to fit on shelves or in cold cases. They can be used to pair multiple food combinations.

  • Round deli containers made with a minimum of 50% PCR PET can be custom printed for branding opportunities. One lid fits most sizes, and the clear containers are durable and leak resistant.

  • Square deli containers made with a minimum of 50% PCR PET maximize shelf space and are suited for small delis and shelf displays. The crystal-clear containers are available in five sizes with a choice of two leak-resistant lids.

  • Dessert containers made with a minimum of 20% PCR PET feature distinctive designs that enhance the presentation of desserts and confections. Custom printing is available.

Fabri-Kal is a member of How2Recycle, a standardized labeling system that clearly communicates recycling instructions to the public. The product packaging for all Recycleware containers will display How2Recycle labels.

“The US Environmental Protection Agency recommends recycling products to keep them out of landfills,” said Emily Ewing, Senior Manager, Marketing and Sustainability. “When operators use Recycleware containers made with post-consumer recycled materials, [they] reduce both fossil fuel–based material usage and greenhouse gas generation. Operators can show their commitment to the environment while showing off products with Recycleware containers.”

One of the largest thermoformers in North America, Fabri-Kal’s customer base includes foodservice operators and consumer product manufacturers. Fabri-Kal specializes in a variety of materials including renewable agricultural fiber. In continuous operation since 1950, Fabri-Kal employs more than 1,000 people in six manufacturing, printing, and warehousing facilities throughout the United States.

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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