International market leader in food packaging LINPAC Packaging has been granted the GB patent for its new super lightweight mono-material tray for meat and poultry. Rfresh® Elite uses a novel sealant technology on the tray flange to create a secure seal with the lidding film, thus removing the industry standard laminated PE base film. The new range of rPET trays are 100% recyclable and will help the UK meet ambitious new recycling targets.

Alan Davey, Director of Innovation at LINPAC Packaging, said: “We are delighted to have been granted the patent for this ground-breaking packaging technology. As a company dedicated to bringing fresh thinking to our products and solutions, it’s important that we also protect our intellectual property.

“We believe the Rfresh® Elite range will have a big impact on the meat and poultry sector and the major retailers are very positive about the new range. In particular they like the fact that the new LINPAC patented technology will facilitate recycling and help them drive towards Courtauld Commitment targets and legislated UK packaging waste targets.”

The unique sealing system, which has been in development for two years by the scientists at LINPAC Packaging, has undergone a series of successful trials with leading packers and food manufacturers. LINPAC Packaging will now consider whether any other packaging on the market is infringing its intellectual property rights, and take appropriate action if it does.