Sustainable Cheese Packaging
100% Recyclable Packaging Solutions for the Cheese Market
The United Kingdom has a proud history of cheese making that stretches back millennia and we now have hundreds of different kinds of cheeses manufactured here. From artisan and traditional cheeses to brand new types and flavours produced in huge manufacturing plants. From ingredients in home cooked meals to snacks in lunch boxes, it is a pretty safe bet that you will find some kind of cheese in the majority of fridges in the UK.
In 2020, approximately 474 thousand metric tons of cheese were produced in the United Kingdom* with 193k tonnes being exported**. The requirement therefore for durable and efficient cheese packaging to protect the product through more complicated and extended supply chains and prolong shelf life has never been more important. Add to this the desire to move to more sustainable cheese packaging solutions and the cheese industry presents both challenges with regard to material specifications but also opportunities to significantly impact on the volume of more sustainable packaging solutions being bought to market.
FFP have wholeheartedly committed to the development of materials and pack formats that can help to reduce any negative impact on the environment. Our technical expertise and manufacturing capability puts us in an optimal position to drive the innovation of more sustainable flexible packaging solutions.
FFP have developed 100% recyclable cheese packaging solutions that provide sustainable cheese packaging without impacting on shelf life and is available in a range of formats:
Mono Material All PE Laminate (FFPE)
FFPE can be recycled with carrier bags at supermarkets, as classified by OPRL and can be supplied as pouches, pre-made bags and film on a reel. It can be provided with high barrier and runs efficiently on existing packing lines with no need for capital investment and modifications.
FFPE lends itself perfectly to pouches and bags for grated cheese packaging, flow wrap for blocked cheese and is also suitable for use with wet products, making it an ideal option for cheeses such as Mozzarella.
Recyclable Lidding Film (Esterseal)
Esterseal is the original resealable lidding film that has been classified as Recyclable by OPRL and allows you to recycle with confidence. Esterseal is a PET resealable lidding film that has been designed to be used with a PET tray. The lidding film is not detached from the tray, allowing the consumer to put the entire pack in their pots, tubs and trays kerbside waste stream.
Esterseal lends itself perfectly to the cheese industry as it can be used on thermoformed as well as pre-formed trays as a sustainable packaging solution for sliced cheeses. It can also be provided with high barrier and with more than 30% PCR content.
FFP’s sustainable packaging solutions are already on shelf in major retailers and are having a huge impact in recycling flexible films. They offer an immediate solution that utilises current waste streams and are interchangeable with current packaging formats.
- 100% Recyclable by returning to stores with carrier bags – as classified by OPRL
- Available as pre-made pouches and bags or film-on-a-reel
- All PE Zip available to offer resealability whilst maintaining recyclability
- High barrier options available
- Performs well on packaging lines with no need for costly upgrades and no loss of throughput
- Can be perforated for ‘live’ cheeses
- Outstanding seal integrity
- Tears with ease without the need to laser score
- High print quality and tactile finishes available
- Classified as ‘Recycle’ by OPRL and collected at kerbside
- Suitable for use on thermoformed trays
- High speed processing on standard lines
- Opening can be tailored to suit product and pack
- Can be reclosed multiple times to help maintain product freshness
- Available with over 30% PCR content
- Mono material (PET)
- High Barrier options available
FFP Cheese Packaging Solutions
FFP have many years’ experience in producing high quality cheese packaging solutions and will work with you to select the correct films and barriers to meet your products requirements.
The cheese sector encompasses a wide range of products that put very different requirements on their packaging in order to maintain product quality and meet shelf life requirements. From recyclable lidding film for sliced cheese and flow wrap for blocked cheese to resealable pre-made pouches and bags for grated cheese, FFP has the technical expertise to assist you in identifying the correct packaging to suit your product requirements.
Our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility combined with decades of technical experience and expertise enables us to offer our customers world class flexible packaging solutions in a wide range of formats with many different finishing options. Our award winning print and lamination techniques provide outstanding print quality and the option of tactile finishes that perfectly reflect your brand values and bring your products to life. Our solutions include: