SEE (formerly Sealed Air) has revealed a paper-based bottom web designed to help food processors and retailers cut down on their plastic usage and meet consumer demand for paper-based packaging.

Made with 90% FSC-certified fibres, the new CRYOVAC brand Barrier Formable Paper is said to reduce plastic by 77% in bottom web packaging in comparison to a PET/PE bottom web. It is compatible with both Vacuum Skin Packaging (VSP) and Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) top webs, SEE claims, as well as the CRYOVAC brand Darfresh vacuum skin films to secure products in place and prevent movement inside the pack.

Where local recycling services are available, the bottom web is also recyclable with paper in line with Aticelca 501 UNI 11743 pass levels.

The paper is designed for compatibility with a range of rollstock, thermoforming, and VSP equipment and is geared towards packaging for fresh, smoked, and process meats, as well as fish and seafood, cheese, and alternative proteins. It is available in white and kraft colours.

A representative at SEE commented: “We’re seeing a trend of food businesses reviewing packaging materials to improve circularity, reduce plastic usage and to satisfy shopper expectations for using paper-based options. CRYOVAC Brand Barrier Formable Paper delivers in all these areas and provides processors with a practical, easy-to-integrate, sustainable packaging solution.”

Another added: “Our latest paper-based food packaging solution delivers the superior barrier protection that the CRYOVAC brand range is well known for. It has exceptional oxygen and barrier performance to keep food fresher for longer and extend shelf life, helping further reduce environmental footprint through lower levels of spoilage and wastage.

“CRYOVAC brand Barrier Formable Paper is designed to help retailers drive sales. Its composition of 90% renewable fibres can appeal to sustainability-conscious shoppers, while virtually leak-proof seals help improve product presentation and deliver optimum taste, moisture, freshness and texture. The bottom-web is also easy-open to meet consumer demand for convenience.”

The development follows the reveal of SEE’s BubbleWrap Brand inflatable air pillows, which contain a minimum of 95% recycled plastic content, and an automated vertical form-fill-seal packaging system for liquids.

SEE’s TempGuard insulated bag for chilled food products was also nominated as a finalist under the commercialized Recyclable Packaging category at the Sustainability Awards 2023.

In other news, Amcor’s recycle-ready paper has been used to package two of Fromagerie Milleret’s premium cheeses, while adapa Group has unveiled a new, PE-based skin film range for premium meat and fish products.

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