Parkside Flexibles has won two awards at the EFIA Awards, which were held in Nottingham on March 19th.
Parkside scooped a Gold Award in the Sustainable Product Innovation category for its work developing two products including a compostable flexible packaging technology and LIDD®, its revolutionary duplex laminate lidding film, designed for the ready meal market.
Parkside achieved recognition for being the first flexible packaging manufacturer to produce barrier laminates that can be disposed of in a home composting environment. The success means that environmentally aware brand owners, packers and retailers finally have the choice of flexible packs that can be disposed of by consumers, avoiding landfill. The duplex laminates have been proven to break down within the 26 weeks and are initially being targeted towards the coffee bag market. The second innovation, LIDD, enables retailers to reduce ready meal pack weights by up to 45% through a peelable printed top web that delaminates from the tray lidding film, eradicating the need for carton board sleeves and excessive labelling.
Parkside also received silver for technical innovation for a new-to-market flexo printed and laminated vacuum skin pack. The company worked with LINPAC on the development and shared the limelight on the evening. The highly decorative printed films are laminated to rigid rPET sheet for thermoforming by LINPAC to create unique stand out packs for the meat, fish and poultry and food to go categories. Recent example designs have included wood-look chopping board designs for premium red meat cuts in vacuum skin packs. Designs are tailored to specific retailer or brand owner needs.
The EFIA judges complimented Parkside for delivering new market standards for flexo printed pack designs and its responsible approach to manufacturing products with the environment in mind.
Steve McCormick, Parkside Director of Technology comments: “We are delighted with our achievements in the EFIA Awards and as a company we see the addition of the first home compostable barrier laminates and printed laminated vacuum skin pack as major steps forward for our company. We feel that Parkside, with our new APEX strategy (Advanced Packaging Expertise) are really leading the way in developing truly innovative packaging in this area and we plan to continue to build on our successes”.