Sealed Air introducing bio-based seafood packaging
Sealed Air Corporation, a provider of packaging solutions to the global seafood industry, has announced it will begin offering a line of products designed from bio-based resins.
The Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.-based company said on 5 June it entered into an agreement with chemical, fiber, and textile manufacturer Kuraray America Inc., to develop food packaging materials derived from its Plantic bio-based resins.
“This solution enables us to offer a renewable packaging option and continue helping the industry address food waste by extending the shelf-life and freshness of food,” Sealed Air Food Care President Karl Deily said in a press release. “This investment also accelerates Sealed Air’s commitment to building a sustainable future.”
Through this new cooperation with Kuraray, Sealed Air will offer Plantic materials to package perishable foods such as poultry, beef, and seafood in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The company said the materials will provide “a highly effective oxygen barrier that is also cost-competitive with traditional barrier films. “
Sealed Air said the new products will enable seafood providers to accelerate their “commitment to renewable solutions, recyclability, and sustainability.”
Robert Armstrong, Kururay America’s Plantic division general manager, said the agreement with Sealed Air expands the available options for sustainable bio-based barrier packaging.
“[It] will benefit consumers, retailers, and processors equally,” Armstrong said. “Plantic materials set a new standard for bio-based barrier packaging performance, provide unmatched sustainability metrics and can be recycled through traditional streams in some countries including Australia.”