KM Packaging Services Ltd, the UK-based pioneer of lidding solutions for aluminium trays, is celebrating its 15th anniversary of innovation in this formative area.

KM Packaging revolutionised the ready meals industry in the late 1990s, paving the way for a new generation of cost-effective, freezable and ovenable meals. Since then, KM has been the driving force behind many more class-leading innovations including high-tech anti-fog solutions and precisely laser-perforated films adapted to significantly extend the shelf-life of fresh produce.

Since the inception of Smoothwall Foil, KM has worked closely with major suppliers to ensure that products progress technically as the needs of the food manufacturer become more sophisticated. Most recently, KM Packaging helped an award-winning supermarket chain to launch a new range of premium ready meals by providing a versatile, tailor-made film lidding solution.

Commercial Director Graham Holding explained: “The introduction of smooth-wall lacquer-free aluminium trays really shook up the ready meal sector in the 1990s – especially once KM devised the ideal lidding solution which achieved a premium look at a less-than-premium cost. The product refinements since then have had an impact on waste reduction and the environment. We’re confident that, with the innovative features we are constantly developing, KM will continue to lead the market in lidding solutions for many more years to come.”