Amcor launches recycle-ready packaging for fresh mozzarella

By Teodora Lyubomirova

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Getty/Guido Cavallini

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The packaging major says its recyclable packaging could help dairy brands get ready for the upcoming changes in the EU packaging and waste regulation.

The product, set to be presented at the upcoming Anuga FoodTec 2024, is associated with a lower carbon emissions footprint and is made of a mono PE-based material that’s suitable for high-speed production lines.

AmPrima for Mozzarella comprises 97% PE content and offers increased puncture resistance, seal strength and material stiffness. The packaging is less sensitive to moisture, leading to longer shelf-life, and has a carbon footprint that’s up to 63% lower compared to mainstream packaging solutions. It is also recyclable in countries that have recycling streams for PE and mixed PO materials.

To ensure the packaging was suitable for high-sped production lines, Amcor collaborated with PFM Packaging Machinery to ensure runnability of the new package on vertical form fill seal machinery.

According to Laura Delapeyronnie, marketing manager – dairy, at Amcor, the new packaging solution’s lower carbon footprint could help dairy brands prepare for the European Commission’s upcoming Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation, which seeks to reduce packaging waste, improve recyclability and promote the use of recycled materials in packaging.

“The collaboration with PFM Packaging Machinery addresses some of the biggest challenges facing cheese brands,” said Delapeyronnie. “The aim is to switch to more sustainable packaging that can run on high-speed production lines without compromising the product's shelf life and quality. The development of this new packaging for mozzarella is a substantial step forward.”

Andrea Fioravanti, R&D director at PFM, added: “The collaboration between PFM and Amcor is yielding excellent results in the development of new sealing systems and packaging materials. Numerous tests were conducted directly at customer premises to accurately assess real production conditions. As a result of these tests, customers appreciate improvements of the material performance in their production process.”

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