Clear Lam PrimaPakTM Technology and New Applications

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Wed. June 18th, 2014 - by Jordan Okumura-Wright

Clear Lam Packaging - Growth in fresh-cut, ready-to-eat produce is fueling demand for new packaging innovations that enhance produce protection, extend shelf life and promote healthy eating through better merchandising. Here are a few of the new packaging technologies from Clear Lam Packaging, Inc.

• Flexible, stackable and reclosable, the PrimaPakTM Packaging launched with the first commercial applications in North America last fall. Clear Lam is highlighting new applications for the produce aisle, along with packaging closures and benefits for preserving freshness and extending shelf life. The revolutionary PrimaPakTM Packaging System replaces rigid trays, cans, bottles, jars and select flexible packaging. Produced on proprietary vertical form-fill-seal (VFFS) equipment from custom rollstock, the PrimaPakTM technology improves the package cube 30 percent or more compared to PET jars. Lightweight, the PrimaPakTM package uses less plastic than traditional rigid packaging. Each benefit offers opportunities for cost savings and sustainability improvements throughout the supply chain. Because the PrimaPakTM package merchandises on six sides, it offers improved brand visibility and marketing impact. Applications include sliced fruits and vegetables.
• Peel and ReSeal Lidding Film developed by Clear Lam eliminates the need for pre-formed rigid plastic lids and shrink bands resulting in a 30 percent or more weight savings. The film is hermetically sealed to a tray allowing for the use of modified atmosphere to help extend shelf life. By eliminating pre-forms and shrink bands from the supply chain, the Peel and ReSeal Lidding technology helps reduce truck shipments, improving fuel consumption and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Recent applications include award winning Country Fresh Sliced Apple Trays.
• Snap Apart Multipack Packaging – To meet growing demand from health-conscious consumers, Clear Lam produces rigid rollstock for a snap-apart package that provides portion control for cut fruits and vegetables served in multi-packs. Produced in Clear Lam’s Forming Films division, the new rollstock is designed for horizontal form-fill-seal (FFS) equipment and can be produced with traditional petroleum-based resin or with bio-based materials. Clear Lam enhances the rollstock with compounded additives produced by its CL Polymers Division to achieve consistent snap-apart strength. Clear Lam works closely with processors, equipment manufacturers and suppliers to ensure the unique needs of each application are met. 
Clear Lam Packaging, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of engineered flexible and rigid packaging materials used for a variety of foods, industrial goods and personal health care products. Founded in 1969, Clear Lam operates three manufacturing plants in the United States and China and employs over 500 people. Vertically integrated from design to manufacturing, Clear Lam specializes in innovative, printed films and rigid rollstock. Clear Lam is focused on developing packaging that meets consumer needs and that supports its customers’ long-term sustainability initiatives.