“This flexible package is one of the first commercial pouches for food packaging to combine such a high proportion of PCR material, reducing the carbon footprint of the package without sacrificing the high-barrier snack food requirements. We believe this is a pioneering step in food packaging to further enhance the sustainable advantages of a flexible format,” says Adam Grose, CCO-ProAmpac.
Using a food-contact FDA-compliant structure, this snack pouch reduces its reliance on virgin resin by using 40% recycled plastic content in the sealant film that equates to 25% of the total structure. The pouch has high oxygen- and moisture-barrier properties, preserving product freshness, features crisp branded graphics and reduces the package’s total carbon footprint by not relying on 100% virgin polymers.
“We overcame the hazy and inconsistent appearance that typically occurs when utilizing a high content of PCR materials by combining flexographic inks and coating technologies, and by optimizing the lamination processes, all of which produces a package with standout shelf appeal,” explains Hesam Tabatabaei, ProAmpac dir.-research, innovation and technology.
“Finding ways to make our packaging more sustainable has been a long-time goal and continues to be something we’re committed to, so we were thrilled to find ProAmpac, a valued partner to collaborate with for this initiative on our latest innovation - Nut Butter Covered Nuts. We’re beyond excited to take another step in more sustainable packaging solutions with them,” adds Justin Gold, founder of JUSTIN’S®.
"This pouch is part of our ProActive Sustainability™ initiative,” says Grose. “ProAmpac is advancing the use of sustainable materials in our packaging products, while not sacrificing performance. In addition, we’re engaging employees, collaborating with suppliers and customers, and teaming with neighbors to make the communities in which we operate, as well as the packaging we make, even better."