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02/24/2021

ProAmpac introduces sustainable frozen food packaging

Dan Ochwat
Executive Editor
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Flexible packaging company ProAmpac has introduced a new recyclable frozen food packaging option. The category is undergoing unprecedented growth, per a recent study from the American Frozen Food Institute and FMI — the Food Industry Association.

The package, ProActive Recyclable R-2000F, leverages a patent-pending film that falls under the company’s ProActive Sustainability family of products, which makes it prequalified for store drop-off recycling through polyethylene recycling streams.

Engineered to maintain machine efficiencies on high-speed form/fill/seal lines, ProActive Recyclable R-2000F is a polyethylene-based laminated structure designed for excellent performance in cold temperature conditions. Its enhanced stiffness and scuff-resistance, compared to standard surface printed films, offers display characteristics in the freezer case, boosting brand differentiation while supporting sustainable messaging. 

“ProAmpac is committed to providing our customers sustainable alternatives to their current products that do not sacrifice manufacturing or end-use performance. Our material scientists have designed a product that is unique to frozen-food packaging, that runs at-rate, and is recyclable,” said Adam Grose, chief commercial officer for Cincinnati-based ProAmpac. “The debut of R-2000F comes on the heels of ProActive Recycle Ready Retort RT-3000 film which we launched just a few weeks ago. We are excited to introduce this unique technology that will immediately help brands advance their sustainable packaging goals,” continued Grose.

The ProActive Recyclable R-2000F frozen-food package is available in a pre-made pouch format and the company can apply a gloss or signature matte finish to further differentiate the package for a retailer or its store brands. 

“Maintaining filling machine efficiency and superior shelf appearance was at the forefront of the design process when we developed R-2000F. The film has been proven to run ‘at-rate’ on existing equipment,” said Hesam Tabatabaei, vice president of product development and innovation for ProAmpac. “Our ProActive Recyclable R-2000F has superior heat resistance, a robust sealant technology, and excellent dimpling resistance, which makes it an ideal replacement for gusseted frozen food packaging made of non-recyclable PET/PE or OPP/PE laminations.”