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Following the successful launch of its all-in-one, dual-ovenable, Cookpac® range for the take-away market, Colpac, one of the UK’s leading designers and manufacturers of food packaging solutions, has now extended the range with a Heat-Seal pack for the ready meal market.

Significantly, as a paperboard solution, Cookpac® Heat-Seal features 80% less plastic than traditional ready meal packaging.

Catering to the growth of premium, home-made ready meals, Cookpac® Heat-Seal is a dual-ovenable, all-in-one solution. Through the heat seal technology of Colpac’s food machinery range, ColSeal®, the freshness of meals packed within the Heat-Seal Cookpac® range can extend shelf life for several days, overcoming potential food waste.

To withstand temperature ranges, traditional ready meal packs are constructed from CPET plastic, however Cookpac® Heat-Seal can be taken from the fridge or freezer and put straight into the oven or microwave and features several integral design elements to overcome issues relating to traditional ready meal packaging.

For ease of handling during oven or microwave cooking, Cookpac® has integrated heat resistant handles to ensure it is easy to take out of the oven, and it features a self-ventilating film which releases slightly during the heating process to enable consumers to open the pack easily. In addition, the shape of Cookpac® will not alter during heating, which frequently occurs with plastic trays.

Colpac launched the Cookpac® range earlier this year as a direct response to retailer calls for easy-to-use, food packaging solutions featuring significantly less packaging to meet growing sustainability goals.

For brands who are battling for shelf presence, the Cookpac® range is a premium packaging solution as it can be customised in size, design and construction to enhance the offering, and differentiating the brand from competitors. As an all-in-one pack, with a single SKU, Cookpac® allows for efficient storage, handling and reduces supply chain logistic challenges.

“Cookpac® responds to the exciting developments in chilled, frozen and ready to eat foods alongside increasingly varied consumer needs for packaging to reduce food waste, minimize environmental impact whilst maximizing communication and safety” Comments Andrew Grimbaldeston, Colpac’s Commercial Director. “The creation of the Cookpac® Heat-Seal is the result of customer consultations and rigorous testing of paperboard options by our team of design specialists.”

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