Meat, poultry and fish

In the packaging of fresh and processed meat, poultry and fish products,aluminium foil offers a great many solutions. The consumer is increasinglylooking for the convenience, quality and hygiene which alufoil can deliver.

As a barrier in flexible laminates, alufoil is vital for the long-termquality of sterilised pouches and sachets. It is also used for the hygienicretail packaging of fresh fish sold over-the-counter in Europe’s supermarkets.Retailers have discovered the advantages of ready-to-cook packs featuringtrimmed fresh meat and poultry cuts and fish in sealed alufoil containers.Another success for alufoil containers is their use for the processing andmarketing of pâtés and prepared meat recipes.                                     

There are a great many formats to choose from,all delivering the product in top condition:

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‘Ready to roast’ and fresh produce packaging

Deep drawn alufoil containers with smooth shoulder rims have established agrowing market for prepared, uncooked ingredients. Meat, poultry or fish piecesare presented in ready-to-cook packs, hermetically sealed and protected with aninert gas to reduce oxidation and extend shelf life. The consumer need not handlethe raw product while the alufoil dish acts as a heat-conductive cooking vesselwith the potential for secondary uses.

At the supermarket fresh fish counter customers can now enjoy theconvenience of hygienically heat-sealed individual alufoil packs. No risk ofescaping raw juices and the best possible protection for carrying home.

Smoothwall containers for heat-processed products

Originally introduced for small portion packs of pâté etc., sealedsmoothwall containers are now used for many meat and fish-based foods. Theoutcome of close collaboration between container producers and the makers of inksand coatings, the lidded alufoil dish provides an ideal combination ofcharacteristics. It is compact, attractive, fully protective yet easy to openand use.

The lightness of the metal and the stacking format of the empty container deliversspace and handling economy during filling. The aluminium finish can be enhancedwith coloured lacquers and high quality multi-colour printing.

Pouches and sachets for preserved meat

Pouches suited for sterilization are used in a variety of sizes andformats, saving space and resources. The flexible pack is easy to open and canbe re-closed, excluding oxygen. Full or empty, the pouches occupy a minimum ofstorage space. Flexible pouches can be used for three-dimensional products suchas sausages or fish portions and take the shape of the contents, so excludingair before sterilization.

Peel-off closures

Cans for products such as whole and filleted fish arenow routinely packed using high barrier, peelable alufoil lidding instead ofheavy gauge ring-pulls. This  offers consumerconvenience and decorative potential. Also, foil-lidded single ormulti-compartment alufoil or plastic dishes can provide long life protectionfor meat-based baby foods, snack meals, soups and other recipes.