J M Packaging (JMP) has partnered with FEI Foods, the largest processer of ready-to-eat rice and grain pouches in Europe, to launch a new mono-material microwavable pouch that is both recycle-ready and retort-ready.

According to JMP, the pouch size, shape, and function remain the same as current packs and the solution continues to provide attributes required by customers such as food-safety, ease of use, and convenience.

Commenting on the announcement, Jason McGill, managing director of JMP, said: “Throughout this project we have illustrated our commitment to the circular economy, focusing on optimising flexible packaging to minimise the impact on the environment, whilst offering convenience and food safety to the consumer.”

Simon Lewis, managing director at FEI Foods, added: “Quality and innovation are at the forefront of our DNA at FEI Foods. As a market leader in this category in Europe, it was imperative that we led the way in developing a recycle-ready pouch.

“We are determined to provide the most sustainable product possible, and the development of this pouch has been a key strategic objective for us for some years. 24 months of diligent testing of this new material has culminated in this launch.

“As a predominantly private label manufacturer, this is an outstanding achievement for our business, and the major retailers that we work with, now have a more sustainable offering for their customers.”