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ProAmpac Debuts Recycle-Ready Mono-Material Retort Packaging

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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.

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.

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