Nordic meat producer HKScan has relaunched its Mamma Scans meatballs in 1kg bags, featuring an EL-ZIP press-to-close zipper by Elplast, as the company seeks to help in reducing food waste.

While single-serve food packaging can be problematic for recyclers, food wastage is also a massive issue with 1.3 billion tonnes wasted every year. In Sweden, consumers often buy large bags of product (such as 1kg) and decant into smaller packages for home freezing.

To get around this problem, HKScan has adopted a reclose solution to keep the product fresher for longer. The EL-ZIP zipper can be applied on horizontal and vertical packaging machines, as well as pouch making lines. HKScan has chosen a 3-Profile zipper for transverse directional application on a vertical form, fill and seal packaging machine.

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