The Switzerland-based Clondalkin Kirchberg subsidiary of Clondalkin Group has a strong reputation in introducing alternative materials for aluminum, and now launches a PE-based “foil” for butter packaging. Flow packs for butter are traditionally wrapped in aluminum or aluminum-based laminates. So far these structures have provided the best dead-fold, which is required for application on filling lines. Clondalkin Kirchberg’s investment in research and development has resulted in a film-based alternative that also provides these characteristics—with improved sustainability on top of that.
Sander Kool, Commercial Director of Clondalkin Kirchberg, says: “The environmental impact of packaging is at the forefront of the leading brands decision making processes. Our customers are constantly seeking more environmental friendly solutions as a result of consumer demand. These requirements mean that we must look at reducing the carbon footprint of our product range, down-gauge materials, reduce waste, consider the ease of recyclability, and introduce alternative materials. This is now central to our business operation and the products that we develop.”
Clondalkin Kirchberg was a pioneer in the development of PET lidding solutions that are more environmentally friendly alternatives to traditional aluminum lids. This latest development for butter packaging is another step in offering alternatives to aluminum structures. PET offers a less carbon-intensive alternative through the lower levels of energy required in the manufacturing process and also requires much less energy to recycle into a reusable material.
Sander Kool continues: “Sustainability is one of the key drivers of our corporate social responsibility policy. We put continuous effort in finding alternative resources and reducing carbon footprint. Following on from PET lidding this is another example where we have achieved another step towards improved sustainability for our customers.”
The newly developed butter foil can be printed up to 10 colors and provides excellent dead fold, which guarantees run ability on filling lines. Clondalkin Flexible Packaging, Kirchberg is a leading producer of flexible packaging materials for the dairy, food, beverage, and confectionery markets.