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Available in stand-up and three-side seal configurations, the RT-3000 pouches comply with FDA and EU food-contact requirements.

Clare Goldsberry

January 19, 2021

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Recycle-ready retort cat food packaging
Image: ProAmpac

Packaging manufacturer ProAmpac is stepping up to meet demand for recycle-ready retort packaging with a patent-pending innovation. ProActive Recycle Ready Retort RT-3000 pouches are available in both stand-up and three-side seal configurations and are EU and FDA compliant for food contact in retort applications.

The mono-material RT-3000 pouches address the challenge of difficult-to-recycle multi-material retort packaging. RT-3000 is designed to run at similar filling and processing speeds as current multi-material structures that aren’t recyclable, said ProAmpac.

“RT-3000 is the newest member of the ProActive Sustainability product family, a comprehensive set of packaging solutions that are helping our customers meet their greener packaging goals,” said Adam Grose, Chief Commercial Officer. “A revolutionary innovation, the recycle-ready solution was built on ProAmpac’s material-science expertise and significant experience in retort pouch design. Engineered to run on existing high-speed filling lines, RT-3000 maintains filling-machine efficiency.”

The RT-3000 recycle-ready retort pouch is available in clear or opaque options, offers excellent stiffness for stand-up shelf appearance, and is engineered with puncture and flex-crack resistance to ensure safe product handling and distribution, according to ProAmpac.

Hesam Tabatabael, Vice President of Product Development and Innovation for ProAmpac, explained that the multi-year development included successful validation on commercial high-speed filling lines and qualification in commercial retort chambers. “RT-3000 delivers exceptional thermal stability, excellent stain and grease resistance, easy-open tear performance, and a superior oxygen and moisture barrier,” said Tabatabael. “Able to withstand aggressive retort conditions of 130oC without sacrificing barrier properties, RT-3000 has been successfully tested in advance of our commercialization.”

Supporting a circular economy, RT-3000’s mono-material design gives it “high recovery potential during advanced recycling,” stated Tabatabael.

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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