Ahlstrom and The Paper People have jointly developed and launched a new line of fibre-based, certified-recyclable packaging for frozen food applications in the hopes of replacing traditional, fossil-based plastic and films.

Combining technology from The Paper People with Ahlstrom’s proprietary FluoroFree barrier papers, the line aims to replace non-renewable packaging while offering the necessary grease resistance to package food.

It is also available with The Paper People’s FDA-approved Paperlock G technology. This direct food contact heat-seal material and grease barrier is set to prevent food products like fries, tater tots, onion rings, and pizza rolls from transferring grease to the outside of the packaging.

The solution can apparently be printed in up to ten colours using flexographic and digital printing techniques. A ‘compostable’ zipper in both standard and inno-lok style configurations can also be applied to the packaging.

“This new package is designed to be used on existing packaging equipment including vertical form-fill-seal, stand-up pouches and SOS style systems,” explained Neil Bretl, president at The Paper People. “The package can also be used in flow wrap and bundle wrap applications. We worked diligently to ensure these materials could easily replace traditional non-renewable substrates on existing equipment.”

“Our BoundlessBarriers technologies are helping our customers achieve the next generation of truly sustainable packaging,” added Mark Ushpol, executive vice president for Ahlstrom’s Food & Consumer Packaging Division. “Included in this portfolio of barrier ranges is our PFAS-free FluoroFree technology which boasts the highest levels of grease-resistance currently available in the marketplace.

“Collaborative partnerships, such as this frozen food development with The Paper People, are what’s needed to continue to push the boundaries of creating more renewable and sustainable packaging that has a better end-of-life.”

Last summer, Iceland and Parkside pursued a similar development – implementing a paper pouch for the retailer’s frozen seafood range in place of the previous LDPE bag. Its water-based coatings apparently break down during the re-pulping process, enabling the pack to be recycled.

Walki also unveiled a portfolio of paper-based packaging for frozen food applications, including printed solutions. These are reported to be recyclable in existing paper streams.

More recently, SABICEstiko Packaging Solutions, and Coldwater Prawns of Norway have claimed to incorporate 60% ocean-bound plastic waste into a pouch for frozen prawns.

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