Ideal for high-end poultry, solution offers robust protection, premium display and recyclability.
TekniPlex Consumer Products has launched a new line of 100% PET processor trays offering product display while addressing common packaging challenges prevalent in the poultry industry — particularly higher-end products such as those labeled organic, non-GMO or sustainably sourced.
TekniPlex’s new trays are made of 100% PET, and contain up to 50% postindustrial recycled content. They also are 100% recyclable, appealing to consumers’ heightened sustainability sentiments.
“We are continuing to expand our overall material and product offerings to include more eco-minded solutions as our customers and their commitment to sustainability continue to drive industry-wide change,” said Jay Arnold, vice-president and general manager. “PET is the most widely recycled and favorably viewed plastic in the eyes of the public, making it a great option to help our customers meet their goals.”
The trays’ sustainability and shelf appeal are complemented by performance, as they are designed to survive the rigors of the case-ready environment. TekniPlex’s PET trays are shatter-resistant even in harsh, cold environments — reducing breakage, product loss, leaks, and the risk of safety recalls.
During a year-long production campaign with a poultry processor, the trays showed no signs of cracking or breakage throughout the supply chain, providing outstanding protection.
“Our customers are looking for certain characteristics in next-generation solutions for the fresh foods industry,” said Arnold. “As their needs evolve, and consumer preferences shift, we’re excited to offer more solutions that align with our customers’ business goals for quality, efficiency, and more.”
TekniPlex’s PET processor trays utilise hidden rim technology, which prevents the overwrap film from tearing, and creates freight and shipping efficiencies. As the trays pack denser, customers can increase shipping volume per truck, reducing the number of truck trips needed. In the poultry test customer example mentioned above, the rim technology also yielded a 30% reduction in the number of worker hours needed to unload trucks.
“The cube advantage can provide fuel, cost, and time savings to customers while reducing the number of trucks on the road and freeing up valuable warehouse square footage at a time when real estate space is at a premium,” said Arnold.
TekniPlex’s PET Processor Trays are easy to adopt, as they are a drop-in replacement for foam polystyrene trays. This means there is no need to update existing equipment or alter production processes.
The new PET processor trays are available in clear (natural), translucent colours, and opaque colours. Clear and translucent trays are accepted into the recycling stream at many material recovery facilities across the country. Additional tray sizes and hues are continuously in development to meet customer needs.