Originally used for small portion packs of patés and fruit conserves, sealed smoothwall containers are now used successfully for all types of ‘shelfstable’ foods. Close collaboration between container producers and ink and coatings suppliers, allows the lidded alufoil dish to provide an excellent combination of characteristics. It is compact, attractive in appearance, fully protective, yet easy to open and use.
The lightness of the foil and the stacking format of the empty container offers space and handling economy during filling. The aluminium finish can be enhanced with coloured lacquers and high-quality multicolour printing. Development continues with alloy ‘tailoring’, down-gauging and digital printing techniques, enabling shorter runs, and economy without loss of performance.