Ideal forthe automated packaging line, foil containers offer ‘whole life' durability. Theycan accompany their contents from hot or cold filling through every stage ofchilling or freezing, lidding and other packaging procedures and on todistribution, retailing, cooking or reheating and serving by the ultimateconsumer. Combining lightness withstackability alufoil containers are easy to store and handle.
Consumers like the value, dependability andversatility of alufoil food containers. Unique in the processing and packaging ofhuman and pet foods, they combine all the features needed to deliver highquality fresh, wholesome and quickly accessed products.
Alufoil containers stay bright and reflectivethroughout processing and marketing. They can be embossed, colour lacquered orprinted with brand identifying designs and colours both inside and out.
They are suitable for grilling, fan and convectioncooking, barbecue griddle and microwave oven and are easy to open, use anddispose of.
A range of purpose designed lidding materials is alsoavailable – from straightforward foil/board laminates to more sophisticatedcoated or laminated alufoil lids that can be sealed to the container rim yetpeel off easily when required.
Foil’s characteristics offer great scope for thepackaging specifier seeking solutions for many kinds of food product. Due tothe ready formability and robustness of aluminium foil, a large variety ofstandard shapes and sizes as well as smoothwall designs are available.
Shapes and sizes are available for a huge range ofproducts such as fruit flans, deep apple pies, individual steak and kidney piesor large multi-portion catering desserts.
For larger containers, extra strength can be designedinto the walls. By incorporating corrugated sides, the rigidity of thecontainer can be greatly enhanced.
The compartmented alufoil tray can be used for manyproducts, particularly ready meals or mixed dairy and fruit desserts.
The intrinsic ‘deformation memory’ of alufoil providesan added opportunity for branding and information. An embossed recycling logoreminds the customer of the value of the used aluminium container – anenvironmental pack advantage that can be promoted by brand owners.
The range of lidding options go from the simple folddown rigid foil/board closure to snap-on covers in foil or plastic. Hermeticsealing with transparent films or heat resistant foil membranes is possiblewith smoothwall trays that have smooth horizontal rims.
High quality presentation can be greatly enhanced usinga smoothwalled design. Suitable as a standard container, the smoothwall lendsitself to the premium end of the market, particularly if the outer surface iscoloured or printed.