A plastic-reducing alternative to potato packaging has been introduced by Finnish Tuorekartano Oy when it recently launched its special potatoes in paperboard packaging. Tuorekartano Oy's premium quality La Ratte potatoes will now be packed in easily recyclable and biodegradable packaging made of a lightweight and durable paperboard produced by Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group. The paperboard is ideally suited to protect the potatoes from damage and sunlight. The small package size will also help to reduce food waste. "Tuorekartano is a company committed to Agenda 2030 and Commitment 2050 and has set itself clear sustainability targets. Plastic-free packaging, such as La Ratte cartons, is part of these goals. We have already reduced the amount of plastic in our packaging materials by 25%," says Kari Kastari, CEO of Tuorekartano Oy. The packaging is made of lightweight MetsäBoard Prime FBB EB paperboard, which is made from pure fresh fibres and is suitable for direct contact with food. The dispersion coating of the board improves the moisture and grease resistance of the board, and the packaging can be easily recycled and is also suitable for home composting.
Transcendia, a leader in manufacturing and converting specialty films is excited to announce it is breaking ground on a 52,000 square foot manufacturing expansion at its Hebron, OH location as part of its ongoing commitment to investing in barrier film technologies. The new building will be equipped with additional multilayer blown and cast film lines, specialty converting equipment and a new testing lab dedicated to supporting new barrier applications in the food, pharmaceutical and industrial film markets.
Upon completion, the Hebron, OH facility, with its ISO 9001:2015 certified quality systems, SQF certification and class 7 clean room capabilities, will have a total footprint of 84,000 square feet. The new building will complement existing barrier extrusion capabilities, including Transcendia’s most recent seven-layer blown film asset capable of producing films up to 78” wide with thicknesses between 1.0 – 10.0 mil. In addition to multiple asset investments, Transcendia will be adding to its application and process engineering team to provide additional technology resources for customers’ new application development. To support the expansion and 24/7 operation, Transcendia will hire approximately 36 new associates including machine operators, material handlers, maintenance technicians and supervisors. https://www.transcendia.com/careers
“Transcendia has been producing barrier films for decades and recognizes packaging needs are more complex and require films that deliver advanced performance properties to protect products and keep people safe and healthy. The Hebron, OH expansion is the first of many significant investments Transcendia will be making in film manufacturing technology, equipment and application engineering resources over the next few years,” stated Tim Thompson, COO of Transcendia.
In addition to the breadth of manufacturing and converting capabilities among its 17 global facilities, Transcendia serves customers through its combination of technological expertise, best in class quality systems and decades of experience developing film structures to meet specialized and demanding film needs. “With our expanded barrier film manufacturing capacity and ability to access hundreds of resin grades, Transcendia now offers customers even more customization options to meet their specific film needs. We look forward to working with current and new customers on developing solutions that support the increasing demand for advanced barrier films and packaging across multiple markets,” stated John Bagnuolo, CEO of Transcendia.