National Flexible had several new packaging formats on show at the Packaging Innovations Exhibition but were surprised when most visitors simply wanted to talk about the new flowwrap grab bag. It was undoubtedly the star of the show.
Originally developed for flowwrapping of high quality sandwiches, a market segment estimated at some £3.5 billion per annum. Visitors to the stand considered the use of the flowwrapped grab bag as suitable for many other packaging applications.
They perceived the grab bag’s real benefits were the lower cost of the bag compared to conventional bag packaging (particularly by hand) allied to the unique structure of the pack and the various formats in which is can be used.
The pack is formed using standard flow wrapping machinery with few modifications. It is essentially film on the reel which dramatically reduces the labour costs associated with packing by hand, whilst also improving manufacturing efficiencies at speeds of up to 30 packs per minute.
Having already won a Starpack Award for a paper laminate with a registered window on a Tesco Finest pack, National Flexible can now tailor the laminate to variable structures to create the perfect grab bag pack.
The film is currently being used with a paper finish or a lower cost alternative paper-feel lacquer. The film has no pre-creasing and the window aligns 100% every time.
Extra benefits of this thinner film is it not only saves packaging waste but gives perfect ‘on shelf pack presentation.’ The combination of this upright laminate pack, on an automated machine, has already been recognised as a breakthrough for sandwich pack manufacture and presentation.
The show unveiled the pack, on a commercial, scale for the first time and interest in being the first-tomarket with the pack was tangible with a number of food and non-food manufacturers’ alike showing great interest in a new format. In summary this innovative packaging film gives food manufacturers an opportunity to save money with superior on shelf pack presentation
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