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Cascades launches 100% recycled and recyclable thermoformed cardboard food tray

September 29, 2020  By P&PC Staff

Photo: Cascades

Cascades is launching the first 100 per cent recycled and recyclable thermoformed cardboard tray designed for fresh food packers using automated equipment in North America.

This thermoformed tray delivers a food packaging solution that was developed entirely using a circular economy approach.

The tray is composed of 100 per cent recycled fibres, mostly sourced from post-consumer sources certified “recycled” under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard.


In addition, it is designed with a patented water-based coating that protects it from moisture without compromising the recyclability of the cardboard. The company says its “SurfSHIELD” water-based coating also helps preserve the integrity and freshness of food, reducing food waste.

This container joins the range of cardboard trays launched by Cascades in 2019.

It sets itself apart by using thermoforming, which gives it an optimal design for automated food packaging without compromising on equipment performance.

Its rigidity has been rigorously tested to ensure that the tray is compatible with automatic unstacking, in addition to working on high-speed systems. Its large stacking capacity speeds up filling and optimizes transport and storage.

This Cascades Fresh packaging is primarily intended for food producers and processors, in particular for meat, poultry, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables. It complies with Health Canada and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for direct food contact.

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