When it comes to time zones, Europe is always ahead of America, and when attention turns to leading ideas and innovation in flexible packaging, those markets can also be viewed in much the same way. In addition to offering their clients trusted and proven flexible packaging solutions, LPS Industries, a diversified stand up pouch manufacturer and leader in the flexible packaging industry, monitors shifts in packaging design around the globe and shares their observations and insights as part of its ongoing mission to provide packaging leadership and value to its customers.
Here are two examples of flexible packaging innovations that may be arriving from Europe to our shores in the near future.
The Intervoid® sterile bag, developed in the U.K., was designed for industries that rely on sampling their products in sterile, secure packaging, such as medical, food and biotech. Examples of the benefits include providing a single, composite packaging solution that efficiently replaces other ancillary packaging components, is leak resistant and has unique track & trace identification properties, among others.
Norway’s Qrill™ Pet Food 20-kg bag represents an advanced flexible packaging solution in a new end-use area. The high-barrier and high-strength bag is made from a BOPET Film/Metallized BOPET Film/Nylon Film/9-layer EVOHLDPE coextruded film laminate structure that preserves the product within the bag beyond its targeted shelf life.
Looking farther east to South Asia, other noteworthy food applications include:
Ajanta® Paneer, manufactured by The Ajanta Food Product Company, New Delhi, India, represents a packaging breakthrough in the field of processed foods that contain no preservatives. It uses a packaging solution in the dairy segment that is noteworthy because the packaging material not only provides the necessary barrier properties for extending product life, it accomplishes the task while lowering packaging costs. When considered in the context of the challenges associated with distribution throughout India of fragile dairy products, the combination of cost efficiencies and better barrier properties of this new material opens up a variety of opportunities for processed food brand owners in the South Asian market.
LEHAR Snack Foods, a division of PepsiCo India, is utilizing a barrier film in their products with a BOPP/Print/Extrusion construction that generates an amazing 23% source reduction compared to the materials typically used in that market to create this type of pouch. These results have been accomplished by the use of the world’s first 8 micron BOPP suitable for printing and laminating.
For unique and distinctive flexible packaging for food, beverage, household and more, LPS Industries works closely with their customers to create and manufacture custom-tailored flexible packaging solutions that incorporate the smartest materials and thinking.