Alcan will present its petfood packaging capabilities at Petfood Forum 2004, March 29-31, in Chicago. The new combined packaging businesses of Alcan and Pechiney will serve as a one-stop shop for any petfood packaging need from flexible pouches and shaped retort pouches to aluminum and lidding options.

“We offer petfood manufacturers expert extrusion, print and flexible packaging capabilities along with Alcan’s proficiency in adhesives and retort,” says Ilene Gordon, president, Food Americas, Alcan Packaging. “In the United States, consumers spent billions of dollars on their pets in 2003, and this segment is expected to continue growing. We offer our customers the combined Alcan and Pechiney resources to meet the increased needs. Our commitment to product development, depth of manufacturing technologies and dedication to serve customers means we can provide the right packaging solutions.”

One item to be showcased is the newly introduced multilayer sealant film. It is said to use proprietary technology to produce a softer, more flexible film with better hot tacks and optimal seal initiation characteristics, maximizing throughput and ease of use. The film runs on vertical form fill seal machines to produce a four-side seal bag that also can accommodate a reclosable feature to preserve flavor and freshness after opening.



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