UK – Designer and manufacturer of sustainable food packaging solutions, Colpac has introduced multi-food pots in response to market demand for secure and sustainable delivery.

Manufactured at the company’s UK factory, the pots meet the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) recyclability guidelines for the coming years.

Colpac stated that the multi-food pots are available in four different sizes, ranging from 470ml to 1,300ml.

They are designed to act as versatile food-to-go packaging solutions that can be used to serve a broad variety of dishes, from salads to hot ‘food-to-go’ products.

In addition, the pots aim to offer flexibility to food service companies and retailers.

A maximum of 7% plastic is used in the bases of the pots, which have a polyethylene (PE) coating that creates a barrier to moisture and grease.

Each pot has a large surface area and can be fitted with a clear, safe, anti-mist lid that makes the product visible.

The multi-food pots provide printed kraft and natural kraft options for customers, both of which can be provided using Fsc materials.

The lids are made from recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) and have more than double the 30% recycled content threshold outlined in the UK’s plastic packaging tax.

Colpac Marketing and Product head Kate Berry said: “With the launch of our new multi-food pots, we have created a solution that is quality-led and offers a secure supply chain.

“The new natural kraft range gives excellent on-shelf presence, appealing to environmentally driven consumers, and most importantly is manufactured in the UK.”

The move comes at a time when the UK is applying resources and adopting policies to reduce plastic waste in the Kingdom.

It is estimated that UK households throw away a staggering 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging a year, averaging 66 items per household per week.

Out of this only 46% of plastic packaging is collected for recycling, and a lot of it isn’t recyclable.

Other fast food companies and supermarket chains are investing to develop new recyclable alternatives to plastics in food packaging.

For instance, Mcdonald’s is joined by Starbucks in investing US$10 million into the NextGen Consortium.

This project aims to bring leading brands, manufacturers and industry experts together to reduce food service packaging waste.

As part of Starbucks’ Planet Positive commitment, they aim to: ‘create a cultural movement towards reusables by giving customers easy access to a personal or Starbucks-provided reusable cup for every visit’.

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