Vikings and Goddesses is a Minnesota-based wholesale bakery that supplies over 30
restaurants, coffee shops, and grocery stores with a variety of baked goods and desserts.
During the pandemic, they developed a line of frozen products to bring home-made
bakery quality to home ovens.

In line with their sustainability values and consumer demand, Vikings and Goddesses has
now chosen a new compostable packaging sourced from Elk Packaging. The high-
performance structure includes a high barrier cellulose film layer, NatureFlex™ film
sourced from Futamura, laminated to a biofilm ensuring a hermetic seal. This final
structure is independently certified compostable by BPI, proving that it will compost in a
commercial compost setting.
This new packaging still meets all the technical requirements: excellent pack integrity is
maintained throughout the process and distribution, ensuring that the grocery stores can
handle the product, and it will remain intact in the end users home freezers. Additionally,
the gusset pouch produced takes less space on grocery store shelves than a cardboard
box or the bakery’s previous packaging.

Rachel Anderson, Owner of Vikings and Goddesses expressed that: ‘ I am pleased to have
found a compostable solution to our packaging challenge with our converter-partner Elk
Packaging. Not only is the new solution compostable, it also works technically without the
addition of a sticker or liner, that would need to be removed before tossing into the compost bin’.
Jeanne Cloutier, Director of Sustainability at Elk Packaging, detailed that: ‘This has been a great
project for Elk. Our challenge was to find a film that printed well, allowed for a clear window, and
stood up to the harsh freezer environment. It was important to gain BPI certification while having
packaging sourced from sustainably managed wood inputs. We are delighted to have found a
solution that stands out in a dark and crowded freezer space.’

Elisha Hedin, Regional Sales Manager at Futamura, added: ‘we are excited that our NatureFlex
film has been chosen to be part of this compostable solution for Vikings and Goddesses. Our
renewable and compostable films are a good choice for this application’.

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