Environment & Sustainability
Cascades introduces isothermal packaging technology; inaugurates new production site
June 15, 2022 By P&PC Staff
Cascades is expanding further into the isothermal packaging market by improving the technology of its line of meal boxes. The new technology is 20 percent more efficient than its current home delivery solution. In addition, the company has commissioned a new production facility in York, Pennsylvania.
Cascades improved its line of northbox isothermal packaging solutions by adding new technology – northbox XTEND. The composition of this meal box creates a moisture barrier that keeps the insulation rigid. The packaging is designed to keep food fresh during long transit times and in regions with higher temperatures. It also requires less ice.
Designed with the circular economy in mind, the packaging solution is made of recycled cardboard. It was determined to be recyclable by an external laboratory and prequalified by How2Recycle.
“We’re pleased to innovate with our customers to offer them a variety of high-performance and adaptable isothermal packaging solutions. Since 2007, our recycled cardboard meal boxes have been perfected to meet operational and environmental challenges. Our expansion plan in the market is rolling out as anticipated, reinforcing our role as a strategic partner that works in close proximity with customers,” said Luc Langevin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group.
Cascades also commissioned a new production site for its northbox product line: Cascades Enviropac – York. This is the second facility the company has opened in four months to support its growth in the isothermal packaging solutions market. With the new location, the company is strengthening its position as a strategic partner throughout North America. The first phase of this expansion includes the installation of a state-of-the-art, highly automated packaging line for the production of its isothermal boxes, including the new northbox XTEND.
These moves are aligned with the company’s plans to achieve one of its goals in its fourth Sustainability Action Plan: 100 percent of its manufactured packaging will be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.
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