Global fresh food packaging manufacturer, LINPAC, has been crowned a champion after scooping a prestigious Sustainability Leaders Award for its prize-winning Rfresh Elite® tray for meat, fish and poultry.

The awards recognise businesses, products, operations and processes from multiple sectors which have sustainability embedded at their core and deliver demonstrable results through innovation and engagement.

LINPAC was presented with the Sustainable Packaging Award. Judges said: “With its Rfresh Elite trays, LINPAC has demonstrated consideration of functionality alongside environmental factors. A pack is only as good as its seal; otherwise the food goes to waste. The development of this new sealant, that can be easily removed, enables the use of just one polymer rather than two, with massive waste reduction benefits.”

Alan Davey, director of innovation at LINPAC, said: “It’s great that Rfresh Elite has been recognised for its sustainability credentials beyond the packaging industry. We are thrilled that the judges recognised the positive impact Rfresh Elite is having across the entire food supply chain.”

The Rfresh Elite tray took two years to develop by LINPAC. It uses a unique, patented sealant on the tray flange to create a secure seal with the lidding film, removing the need for the industry standard laminated PE base film. The ingenious sealing system, which is food contact approved, can be removed in the hot wash processes employed by Europe’s PET recycling companies, meaning a recycled Elite tray will yield 100 per cent crystal clear PET – a breakthrough in tray packaging design.