Plastic-free for Food Containers, Compatible With Paper

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Many companies are actively embracing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), striving towards decarbonization and eliminating plastic to address global challenges. Among various sustainable initiatives, the adoption of "paper packaging" is increasingly gaining consumer attention and recognition.

When strolling through the aisles of grocery stores, you can easily notice paper packaging used for various products. Companies, including The Pack America Corp, are fervently researching and developing ways to expand their array of products through the "paperization" of diverse packaging materials.

In this article, we'll explore "food packaging," particularly molded fiber trays.



Ideal Packaging for Food Outer Boxes

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Outer boxes serve as the aesthetic container for foods wrapped in film packaging. Typically, these boxes protect products like retort pouch foods, confectionery, powder mixes, frozen foods, and more. They also provide suitable packaging for cosmetics and daily necessities.

In the food industry, mouth-watering images and captivating taglines often adorn the packaging, stimulating consumer appetite and drawing attention. The packaging also doubles as an effective point-of-purchase (POP) display, creating a lasting impression of the product.

Ensuring the box's strength and aesthetic appeal is crucial, as is the careful selection of paperboard material, surface processing, and printing method, based on the product's storage conditions like room temperature, refrigeration, or freezing.


Solutions for Takeout Packaging

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Takeout packaging is designed for immediate use after preparation, ideal for fast food, convenience stores, and lunch boxes.

The Pack Group offers a range of solutions, including compact, foldable containers for fried food, tapered trays that double as plates, and easy-to-carry containers with handles. We can also customize printing on the box. If required, the box can be adapted for chilled products and side dishes by attaching a lid and sealing it.

While the packaging might be used for different occasions like walk and eat, at food courts, or at home, they all require similar features - compactness, lightweight, water-resistance, oil resistance, steam breathability, and a good cost balance. This is where takeout packaging shines.

The recent surge in home delivery services and the introduction of restaurant takeout services have increased the demand for functional, convenient food containers, resulting in a myriad of innovative developments.


Molded Fiber / Pulp Trays for Preserved Foods

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Molded fiber containers for food products are sustainable and have a low environmental impact because they are manufactured using non-wood pulp (agricultural waste such as sugar cane pomace). It is thicker than other paper containers and is recommended for items with a lot of moisture, oil or required strength.

In addition, since the molded fiber container is manufactured with a mold, it allows putting multiple side dishes separately with a partition. It can also be used for freezing storage and thawing in a microwave oven, so cooked side dishes can be used. Demand is increasing in the “prepared meals” industry, which delivers frozen products.

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It can be frozen and refrigerated. Depending on the interior processing, it could potentially be thawed and heated in a microwave oven or baked in an oven up to 180°C (356°F).

For instance, molded fiber tray can replace:

  • Plastic trays used for confectionery.
  • Plastic trays used for chilled and frozen products.
  • Foam trays used for meat and fresh fish.

Molded fiber tray is versatile, suitable for a wide range of uses. In every case, it plays a significant role in reducing plastic consumption, thus contributing to environmental sustainability. 


The paper packaging revolution is only getting started, but its impact is already becoming evident. With businesses like The Pack Group leading the way, the future of sustainable packaging looks promising. Keep an eye out for these eco-friendly changes next time you're shopping and feel good about contributing to a more sustainable future.