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Packaging double header: Hoffer Plastics scores two big wins with flexible pouch closures

Hoffer Tetherlok
Tether Lok is a one-piece spout and neck fitment, ready to be installed on pre-formed flexible pouches, while the new 20-mm-diameter Drop Lok P20 is the newest member of the popular line of threaded, screw-top caps.

Custom injection molder Hoffer Plastics Corp. (South Elgin, IL) is launching two innovative closures for flexible pouch packaging. The closures offer significant advances and benefits in terms of manufacturing compatibility, industry applications, product safety, tamper evidence and seal integrity. 

The first new product, Tether Lok, leverages Hoffer’s successful Trust-T-Lok basic design and properties, but goes a lot further. Tether Lok is a one-piece spout and neck fitment, ready to be installed on pre-formed flexible pouches. The real benefit is the tethered, flip-top design of the cap closure, suited for on-the-go usage and consumption.  

The tethered top eliminates the frustration of lost or misplaced caps, product spillage and waste. “Tether Lok represents a real advancement in convenience, product quality and product safety,” says Alex Hoffer, Vice President of Sales and Operations. “In applications from baby food to functional beverages to condiments, consumers will love that they can open, enjoy and easily re-close the product with one hand.” Tether Lok is molded using a proprietary resin that offers excellent sealing properties and multiple color options, and is environmentally friendly. 

The second closure in the new Hoffer lineup is Drop Lok P20. This closure is a new member of the popular Drop Lok line of threaded, screw-top caps that are commonly used across almost every industry. This latest addition to the Drop Lok line is 20 mm in diameter, and is designed specifically to be compatible with flexible pouch packages. Consumers who prefer a traditional screw-top design can now find many of their favorite pouched products with this familiar, easy-to-use closure. Drop Lok P20 also offers a tamper evidence feature and seal integrity, and is available in a range colors and FDA sanctioned resins, including clear and environmentally friendly choices.  

“Our two new closures were designed to provide convenience and enhanced safety benefits for consumers,” says James Harris, Director of Engineering. “But we’re equally excited that both Tether Lok and Drop Lok P20 offer significant manufacturing benefits and growth opportunities for our customer partners.”

Hoffer will feature the new closures at the upcoming Global Pouch Forum on June 13 to 15 in Miami, FL.

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