APP to debut folding boxboard biodegradable container in Canada

P&PC Staff
April 25, 2019
By P&PC Staff
April 25, 2019 – Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) is expanding its packaging portfolio for takeaway food with the Bio Container, an addition to its Foopak suite that will be available in Canada by the end of the year.

Constructed with folding boxboard (FBB), the box offers a fully biodegradable and compostable solution for takeaway containers, trays and other direct food-contact items. The highly durable paper stock is capable of breaking down naturally in 12 weeks, making the boxboard an ideal alternative to commonly used plastic boxes.

The Bio Container’s double coating has an outside layer that is excellent for branding and promotions with a white surface suitable for multi-colour lithography, letterpress and flexography.

The inside layer provides level nine grease resistance and is designed to protect against water and grease absorption for reduced food leakage. The Bio Container is formulated for high-speed bar heat-sealing at 80 degrees C/356 degrees F for converting and finishing and hot gluing applications. The box is suitable for both microwave and freezer use.

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"Expanding our Foopak line to include FBB to-go containers is another step toward helping brands across the globe reach their sustainability goals," says Felix Koh, senior vice-president and global business unit head for APP. "We’re proud to offer a product that will satisfy the needs of consumers and businesses alike, while extending our market reach."

According to APP’s recent Paper & Packaging Consumer Trends Report, 71 per cent of Canadians say that the sustainability of food packaging is more important to them today than five years ago. This new offering from APP is FDA-compliant and ISEGA-certified for composability within 12 weeks, and available in 260 to 370 gsm, and 13.3 to 23.6 caliper. The combination of strength and sustainability provide brands a solution to replace single-use plastics, satisfying consumer demands for both quality and environmental impact.

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