Unitray

Cibapac adds some zip to work-a-day ‘foamo’ trays

When it comes to an array of foods – fresh produce, meat, baked goods, and fast food – a pack of choice for its functionality and low cost is the ‘foamo’ or extruded polystyrene (XPS) tray. Leading food packaging manufacturer, Cibapac, has now added some fresh life into an old stalwart with the launch of its versatile new ‘Unitray’.

‘The foamo or extruded polystyrene (XPS) tray remains a pack of choice for several food sectors and will do so for a long time to come. It has no peer when comparing cost, optimal simplicity, strength, lightweight protection, and least possible environmental impact,’ comments Ivan Ortlepp, MD of Cape Town-based Cibapac.

Cibapac makes a diverse range of foamo trays, but has now added the deep-drawn Unitray to this lengthy inventory.

‘We view this as a welcome point of novelty in a commodity packaging sector – a deeper tray that offers protection advantages when it comes to merchandising a variety of FMCG fresh food products,’ says Ortlepp.

‘But, most importantly, these trays are priced significantly less than any polyprop variants – and that’s what the market demands today: innovation that offers performance, differentiation and cost savings.’

The Unitray is currently offered in three popular sizes – 1345, 1545 and 1845 – in both black and white. Cibapac can also make coloured trays should there be a demand.

Ortlepp again stresses the environmental credentials of polystyrene. ‘There was a trend away from PS trays, with some retailers and consumers taking at face value distorted and incorrect perceptions about its chemical safety and recyclability,’ he says. ‘But these have been scientifically and comprehensively disproved.

‘Modern PS packaging remains a preferred material for much food packaging because it insulates better, keeps food fresher longer and costs less than alternatives. It generally uses fewer resources to manufacture, and weighs half as much as comparable polyprop or coated paperboard products, resulting in a tangible reduction in air emissions during transport.’

He adds that several international life cycle analysis (LCA) studies confirm that PS compares favourably from an overall energy and environmental emissions standpoint, and has the lowest carbon footprint when compared to alternate material counterparts.

The Polystyrene Packaging Council of SA has also introduced a nationwide reclaim and recycling programme.

Whoever said savvy innovation had to be rocket science?

Caption: Big on protection, light on cost: Cibapac’s new deep-drawn Unitray for great fresh supermarket food merchandising. Black and white are standard, but Unitrays can also be made in multiple hues for added variation.

Cibapac vinyl films now with natural plasticisers

Cibapac’s extensive choice of foamo trays is complemented by its high-gloss vinyl (PVC) food films – it is one of the largest suppliers in South Africa of this modern-day essential.

‘While science and food regulatory bodies around the world have verified that the health and environmental concerns about PVC are massively overblown and unsubstantiated, we have to acknowledge our customers’ and their consumers’ fears about traditional plasticisers used to make vinyl film,’ comments Cibapac MD, Ivan Ortlepp. ‘Thus, after extensive trials, we have adopted two natural plasticisers to replace DOA (dioctyl adipate), an additive that softens the polymer and adds cling properties to the film.’

In line with global trends, Cibapac is the first producer in South Africa to use totally natural plasticisers in its films’ manufacture and which have no impact on their stretch or cling.

Two different natural plasticisers have been tested and approved: citrate esters, used mainly in the pharmacy industry, and a second branded food additive mostly comprising palm oil. Both comply with EU, FDA and JGIP (Japan) regulations, among many others.

‘This newly constructed film has been well tested and we have successfully been supplying it into the market over the past four months,’ says Ivan.

He asserts that vinyl cling film has qualities and a track record that have not been matched by any other food protection film. These are: stretchability, permeability to oxygen and water, food preservation at low cost, visual appeal and cling performance.

Cibapac: 021 5293800; www.cibapac.com

About Cibapac:

Cibapac is a well-established participant in the meat and fresh produce packaging sectors and is a market leader in several, including vinyl cling film; shrink pouches and vacuum bags for meat and cheese; fibrous and polymer casings for polonies and processed meats; expanded polystryene ‘foamo’ trays for meat, fresh produce, bakery and fast foods; and base and lidding films for thermoform and MAP packaging systems.

Cibapac is a well-established participant in the meat and fresh produce packaging sectors and is a market leader in several, including vinyl cling film; shrink pouches and vacuum bags for meat and cheese; fibrous and polymer casings for polonies and processed meats; expanded polystryene ‘foamo’ trays for meat, fresh produce, bakery and fast foods; and base and lidding films for thermoform and MAP packaging systems. Through its subsidiary, Cibapaper, (previously Unsgaard & Samson) it supplies baking papers, coffee and oil filters, coffee coasters, fibre wipes and napkins etc.