AR Packaging has introduced a new cartonboard barrier tray with more than 95% fibre content, that allows for tailored barriers and convenience features.

The new solution is a one-piece tray with a thin barrier coating. The tray itself is based on cartonboard made of fibres from certified sustainably managed sources, and the company says that a fibre content of up to 95% makes it recyclable in the paper stream in most countries.

“The majority of our product developments are focused on packaging solutions made of renewable materials which are recyclable. The switch to fibre-based trays for fresh vegetables can be pretty easy with no investments in new production equipment needed,” said Philipp Eissner, business development manager at AR Packaging.

“These new trays are already in use in Germany and they are well suited for a wide range of products such as fresh vegetables & fruits, herbs, mushrooms, seeds and much more.”

AR Packaging claims that the unbleached paper look and feel of the tray make it easy for brand owners to communicate the reported environmental benefits to the end consumer. Meanwhile, both the outside and inside of the tray can be printed.

The tray can be combined with a lidding film which provides consumer convenience features such as easy-peel opening and reclosure. According to the company, this reclosure feature can prolong the shelf life of the product and minimise food waste when the consumer uses parts of the content on different occasions.