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Cascades’ recyclable cardboard tray wins food packaging award


February 3, 2020
By P&PC Staff

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Cascades has launched a recyclable cardboard tray for fresh food packaging. Photo: CascadesCascades has launched a recyclable cardboard tray for fresh food packaging. Photo: Cascades

Cascades has received the DUX Grand Prix Award for its its 100 per cent recycled and recyclable cardboard tray.

The packaging solution, launched in December 2019, won the Products category at the DUX Grand Prix Awards, which recognize the Canadian food industry’s successes each year.

The Quebec-made fresh food tray is the first in North America to use a water-based functional barrier that protects it from humidity, thereby enhancing the packaging’s performance without making the cardboard less recyclable.

The patented coating is a recyclable and compostable alternative to the traditional wax or plastic-based applications widely used in cardboard food packaging, which pose some challenges in terms of recyclability.

“Cascades is honoured to receive this award for a product that gives concrete life to the circular economy,” says Luc Langevin, president and chief operating officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group. “Favouring the recyclability of the materials means we can do more with less, which benefits both our customers and the environment.”

The fresh food tray has also earned the Prix Innovation en Alimentation 2019 from the Conseil de la transformation alimentaire du Québec (CTAQ), and the 2019 Gaïa Award in the fruits and vegetables category.