Justin’s and ProAmpac produce sustainable high-barrier food pouch

Justin’s and ProAmpac produce sustainable high-barrier food pouch

June 12, 2019
Marcia González

Justin’s and ProAmpac pioneer sustainable high-barrier FDA-compliant flexible pouch using post-consumer recycled content

The flexible packaging specialist, ProAmpac, has announced that it is producing a high-barrier pouch made with 25% post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials for Justin’s newest product innovation, Nut Butter Covered Nuts.

To produce the new pouch, ProAmpac collaborated with its customer Justin’s, maker of high-quality nut butters and organic nut butter cups and snacks.

“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,” commented Adam Grose, chief commercial officer for ProAmpac.

Utilizing 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. This 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,” explained Hesam Tabatabaei, ProAmpac’s director of 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,” stated Justin Gold, founder of Justin’s.

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