Dutch company Sealpac has introduced a skin packaging system that combines its vacuum process with a plastics reduction of up to 75 per cent.
FlatSkin is a joint development between tray-sealing technology supplier Sealpac, VG Nicolaus, which supplies the cardboard carrier, and skin film producer Wentus.
The cardboard carriers enable double-sided printing, which increases branding opportunities. A transparent barrier skin film locates the product on the flat cardboard carrier, which has been coated with a polymeric protective layer. This layer provides stability to the cardboard and forms a reliable barrier against grease, moisture and oxygen.
The FlatSkin system uses cardboard carriers made from bleached or unbleached fibre, which can be printed on both sides by means of low-migration printing inks and varnishes. After removin the product, the thin polymeric layer is easily removed from the cardboard to allow for separate disposal. As such, the FlatSkin system achieves a plastics reduction of up to 75 per cent, hence providing an answer to the food sector’s increasing demand for sustainability. FlatSkin is suitable for a wide range of product segments, such as fresh meat, cheese, poultry and seafood.
Since the Spring of 2018, OSI Austria Foodworks has been supplying all NETTO Marken-Discount stores in Germany with steaks packaged in FlatSkin. Meanwhile, at Marcher Fleischwerke, FlatSkin is applied for the premium steak range that it sells over the internet.