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Colorful, oxygen barrier in-mold label gives German meat producer’s products long shelf-life in an easy-handling container.

PlasticsToday Staff

December 21, 2017

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IML barrier plastic pail keeps bulk-packed sausages fresh

A German meat producer is using the SuperLift plastic pail from RPC Superfos (Lidköping, Sweden) for its bulk-pack sausages. Metten Fleischwaren (Finnentrop, Germany) selected the RPC bucket for its long shelf-life, easy-handling, and brilliant look, as well as its In-Mold Labeling (IML) oxygen-barrier protection.

The company is using the large 4.6-L injection-molded SuperLift polypropylene pail for five types of sausages that it sells in bulk consumer packs, including Germany’s most popular variety of the veal-based bockwurst, Dicke Sauerländer. The 226mm/9 inch diameter pail’s barrier label allows for a nine-month shelf-life at ambient temperatures. To help achieve this, Metten subjects it to a high-temperature autoclaving (retorting) process for 1½ hours.

“About a year ago, we were looking for a new plastic packaging supplier and carried out market research,” explains Tobias Metten, CEO of the family-owned meat producer. “RPC Superfos came out top as an innovative supplier of plastic packaging. Today, we are unambiguously pleased with our cooperation with RPC Superfos—one of the very few plastic packaging suppliers mastering oxygen barrier protection with In-Mold Labeling. Besides the high quality of the packaging solution, we value the steady and reliable supplies we get.

“The pails look brilliant after autoclaving and, importantly, they not only safeguard the great taste of our sausages – our sausages still make the right cracking sound when you bite into them.”

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The meat producer’s key target groups for the bulk packs are meat wholesalers, canteens and the foodservice industry. All end-users reap the benefits of plastic: there is no risk of harm when touching the rim of the container—which is also easy to open and re-close, while the handle and light weight make it hassle-free to carry. Moreover, it is easy to stack the pails at any time before, during or after use.

“In professional kitchens where many sausage meals are prepared every day, finished packs tend to take up a lot of working space,” Tobias explains. “Here, the stacking properties of the SuperLift pails make a positive difference; where there is room for one pail, you can put a whole stack of empty pails. Also, in our sausage production, we value that each pallet can hold significantly more stacked pails compared to metal containers which you cannot stack. It saves warehouse space and cuts transportation costs.”

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