WorldStar Packaging Awards: Double Success for Greiner Packaging
Kremsmünster, December 2015. With the award-winning “inert barrier technology”, Greiner Packaging has succeeded in bringing food shelf life for plastic cups to a whole new level. Whereas the shelf life of foods was previously extended through ultra- high heating or adding preservatives, ibt now makes longer shelf life possible without these measures. ibt had already won the Swiss Packaging Award in September, so the World Star Packaging Award is now the high point of its commitment: “We are very happy that our efforts in further developments in the packaging industry are being appreciated. The awards show that we are on the right path and they motivate us to advance our developments even further,” says Tobias Strasser, manager of Greiner Packaging in Diepoldsau, Switzerland, where a separate center of competence was established to further develop the barrier sector.
Longer shelf life for foods & the advantage of sustainability
In ibt technology, a barrier layer is applied on plastic cups. This is where the properties of silicon dioxide come into play – the SiOx layer is “chemically inert” and is therefore non-reactive; this greatly reduces the oxygen and moisture permeability. Since the barrier layer does not react to any kind of external influence, the result is much improved aroma protection. ibt also has a visual advantage – it can also be used for cups made of highly transparent materials, without affecting the transparency. And thanks to the advantage of sustainability, the longer shelf life can counteract unnecessary food wastage. The coating has no impact on disposal, recycling, or the packaging weight.
Practical and eye-catching sausage packaging
Greiner Packaging gained the second World Star Packaging Award with its innovative packaging solution for the Hungarian company, Sága Foods. In its search for a new packaging concept for its Frankfurter sausages, the company turned to the plastics expert. Together, they created a K3® cup (a cardboard-plastic cup) with a resealable IML lid. The packaging is practical and heat-resistant, while offering optimal protection for the mini sausages. The material combination of PP/EVOH („mbt“ – multi barrier technology) creates a barrier effect, allowing the thick-walled cups to be placed directly in the microwave for heating. In November, Greiner Packaging had already won the Hungarian Hungaropack Save Food Award for the packaging. The World Star Awards will be officially presented in May 2016 at the International Packaging Exhibition in Budapest, Hungary.