Both firms have introduced a new paper-based food tray for a plant-based and meat food range which is recyclable and has passed recyclability tests by a German institute


Mondi is supporting Noel Alimentaria to reduce plastic usage in its packaging. (Credit: Mondi)

Mondi has collaborated with Spanish Noel Alimentaria to launch PerFORMing paper-based tray to pack the latter’s rebranded range of sliced plant-based food and vegetarian burgers Verday.

The UK-based packaging firm is supporting Noel Alimentaria to introduce a paper-based solution for food products and reduce plastic usage in its packaging.

According to Mondi, the trays can be moulded and customised to fit a variety of different-sized food products, making them perfect for shallow food trays. It has a high symmetrical stretch for uniform formability.

PerFORMing’s effective barrier defence against moisture and oxygen keeps the food fresh throughout the storage and distribution processes, the packaging firm claimed.

Mondi sales & business development director Falk Paulsen said: “By working very closely with Noel Alimentaria from the outset, we were able to ensure we delivered the best possible option for the entire range of meat and meat-free products, using a tray made from renewable and responsibly sourced material that still provides maximum protection for the goods.”

Mondi has reduced the plastic content in the tray as they are made of 80% paper as opposed to the industry standard of 100% plastic.

Additionally, the tray is designed for recycling and has cleared the recyclability tests by the German institute Papiertechnische Stiftung.

Noel Alimentaria corporate marketing director Maria Sánchez said: “We deliver our premium foods across Europe, so the right packaging is essential, in order to maintain the freshness of the products properly and protect them.

“At the same time, sustainability is on top of our agenda, and it was a pleasure to work so closely with Mondi to find the most suitable solution.

“We were able to run the new paper-based trays on our existing machinery and will now be using the same solution for our further ranges of ham and other meat products.”

In December last year, the packaging firm agreed to divest three Russian packaging converting operations to Gotek Group for $24.9m.