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Sandwich skillets go green

Packaging company ProAmpac has been announced as a collaborator with Greencore Group for the test trials of new plastic free skillets for supermarket sandwiches.

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Co-op and Sainsbury’s invest in Greencore’s eco-friendly sandwich skillets

Greencore which is a specialist in convenience foods has worked alongside ProAmpac to make what is believed to be a world-first recyclable sandwich skillet. The all fibre packaging has been created in partnership with both Sainsbury’s and the Co-op which will be the first supermarkets to trial the plastic-free option.

The innovation demonstrates the continuing need for environmentally friendly packaging, but also the challenges that come with storing foods in materials like paper.

Research into such packaging has been carried out by Greencore for 18 months and has led to skillets with plastic-free windows and paper-based materials than can resist moisture and last just as long as a traditional sandwich skillet.

ProAmpac, a global flexible packaging company, helped to make the innovative skillets

When discussing the challenges, Andy Wright, head of sustainability at Greencore, says: “This is not a problem we can solve alone. The complexities of the challenges we face require collective action, inside and outside our industry. Greencore is pleased to have such supportive customers who share our enthusiasm for making great food for all, that’s accessible, healthy and sustainable.”

The packaging trials will commence from September 2021 and hopefully lead to a successful roll-out later in the year with the expectation for these new techniques being made available across the UK.

The move to 100% recyclability is a change that supermarkets are keen to embrace. Breige Donaghy, director of Delicious Food, Co-op, says: “We’ve worked closely with Greencore from the start on the development of the compostable sandwich packaging and implemented the first trial of its use in our pop-up store at Glastonbury Festival in 2019 with great success.

“The trial aligns with Co-op’s ambition to reduce the use of virgin plastic and how we’ve also worked to ensure that all of our own-brand packaging is now fully recyclable. We’re looking forward to seeing the new packaging on shelves this autumn and are confident it will resonate with our members and customers.”

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