Celebration Packaging has launched customised reusable, microwavable hinged-lid food containers for back of house/kitchen food prep applications.
The reusable containers are made from virgin polypropylene (PP) and can be sent for recycling.
Celebration Packaging MD Nick Burton said: “We have been offering tailor-made single-use foodservice packaging products to customers for decades.
“Before lockdown, some of our major high street foodservice customers were looking to move away for single-use disposable plastic packaging and find reusable solutions. They approached Celebration Packaging to discover what we could offer.
“Trials have been successfully concluded with two major high street foodservice businesses and we are proud to now announce the launch of a reusable, microwavable range which would provide a solution for pre-serve portion control in meal preparation.”
The new products are made from high-clarity virgin PP, which should allow users to easily identify contents, speeding up meal preparation and avoiding service errors. The packaging is designed to be easy to use, as it is delivered nested and stackable, enabling speed of service, and features easy-opening lid tabs and a hinged lid.
For portion control, both the rectangular and round containers have 200ml capacity, and a 400ml (deep) round container will soon be available. Custom shapes and sizes are also available, and the containers can also be embossed with branding, subject to tooling charges.
The new range is microwavable and the rectangular range features air vents in the sides and top lid to allow steam to escape when the food is being microwaved. To make the products reusable, they are top-rack dishwasher-safe, so can be used many times.
Burton said: “Over the few past years, the mantra for those paying attention to environmental sustainability has been: ‘reduce; recycle; reuse’, but least attention has usually been paid to the reuse aspect.
“This new food-grade PP hinged-lid container range delivers on all three priorities as it significantly reduces the amount of plastic used in busy kitchens, can be 100% recycled at the end of its life, and is reusable.”
Filled containers can also be placed in a freezer if required.
Burton concluded: “As problem solvers in foodservice packaging, Celebration has been seeking more sustainable solutions since launching our EnviroWare range over 13 years ago. We are proud that this latest, proven innovation successfully adds value back-of-house, while also enabling operators to improve their sustainability credentials.”