Octal launches new poultry packaging solution
Dubai, February 27, 2013
Octal, a global supplier of clear rigid food packaging material, has unveiled the next innovation in poultry packaging, which improves processes and cost efficiency while maintaining maximum freshness for longer lasting shelf appeal.
The debut of the new DPET-PE trays was made at the ongoing Gulfood 2013, the world’s biggest food and hospitality show in Dubai.
Octal’s patented DPET sheet is leading the way in wholesale market conversion from traditional packaging methods to PET.
The company’s latest development in poultry packaging offers high definition thermoforming to cater for a variety of shapes and sizes and the direct-to-sheet process has eliminated the most energy consuming and defect prone processes to deliver a flawless sheet using a fraction of the energy previously required.
Independent researchers Intertek Expert Services and Renewable Choice Energy have verified that Octal’s DPET uses 65 per cent less purchased electricity and 28 per cent less on-site thermal energy with 18 per cent lower global warming potential and a 30 per cent lower cradle-to-gate environmental footprint compared to conventional APET.
Maurice Abou Zeid, business manager Mena, said, “Poultry imports to the Middle East and Africa is a booming industry with five of the top ten chicken consumers in the world coming from the Gulf.
“Our DPET sheet has set the global standard in the manufacturing of uniform high-quality packaging products and is perfectly suited to serve a growing market through its process efficiency that combines strength with flexibility and consistency to offer a superior grade packaging solution.”
He explained that the debut of Octal’s poultry packaging solution could not have come at a better time. Brazil, the country of honor at Gulfood 2013, ranks as one of the largest suppliers of poultry products to the region accounting for 30 per cent of the country’s total worldwide poultry exports.
“Octal’s pioneering technology is already used in 40 countries around the world and Gulfood 2013 allows us the opportunity to demonstrate the high potential and wide application of DPET™ to some of the world’s largest producers, suppliers and retailers.
Our DPET sheet is calibrated specifically for high speed production lines to make the form-fill-seal process more efficient and eliminate defects. Its improved barrier properties display each product with greater clarity and gloss, without polymer contamination and improving hygiene by using vacuum seals designed to maximize product appeal,” Abou Zeid added.
Octal’s DPET sheet is tougher and more resistant to cracking and the increased production efficiency provides a faster forming cycle, reduced wastage and precise unwinding, as well as complete recyclability to make the product a true innovation in food packaging.
The appearance of the DPET sheet is an added advantage extending beyond the productivity benefits. The advanced material properties make it possible to put packaging on the shelves with crystal-clear transparency that presents the contents at their best for longer in refrigerated displays.
The strength and versatility of Octal’s DPET sheet has already been used successfully to package water cups, in which Octal holds a 60 per cent share of the regional market. Other applications include packaging for baked goods, fresh produce, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products. – TradeArabia News Service