The new ProActive PCR Retort pouches, made from post-consumer recycled materials, are designed for pet and human food packaging and comply with UK Plastics Packaging Tax


ProActive PCR Retort pouches reduce the use of virgin resins in the packaging. (Credit: ProAmpac)

US-based flexible packaging solutions provider ProAmpac has introduced new ProActive PCR Retort pouches designed for pet and human food packaging.

The pouches adhere to the European Union (EU) and the US Food and Drug Administration rules for food contact in retort applications.

ProActive PCR Retort pouches have a PCR content of 30% or more, thus reducing the use of virgin resins in the packaging.

ProAmpac said that the pouches are compliant with the Plastics Packaging Tax (PPT) in the UK.

ProAmpac chief commercial officer Adam Grose said: “ProAmpac is pleased to announce the latest addition to the ProActive Sustainability product family with ProActive PCR Retort.

“These pouches, coupled with our Recycle Ready Retort RT-3000, deliver on ProAmpac’s promise to innovate more sustainable retort packaging solutions.

“To help customers meet their sustainability goals, ProActive PCR Retort pouches reduce the use of virgin resins and include high amounts of PCR while delivering the same packaging performance and filling line efficiency.”

ProActive PCR Retort pouches also feature the same high-definition graphic quality as regular retort pouches.

ProAmpac global product development and innovation vice president Hesam Tabatabaei said: “ProActive PCR Retort pouches provide a superior barrier and maintain its hermeticity during filling, retorting and distribution.

“These innovative pouches offer excellent flex crack resistance and easy-open tear functionality.

“Engineered using ProAmpac’s advanced material science expertise, ProActive PCR Retort pouches preserve the same filling line efficiency, shelf-life, mechanical performance and pin-hole resistance as standard retort pouches.”

Earlier this month, ProAmpac launched its new ProActive Sustainability innovation, ProActive Recyclable R-2000S, suitable for microwave vegetable steaming.