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.

More information from Sealpac International, Langekamp 2, NL-3848 DX Harderwijk, The Netherlands. Tel: 31 341 46 20 30 . Email: marcel.veenstra@sealpacinternational.com Web: sealpacinternational.com