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We’re in the awards again! This time we have been choosen as a finalist in this year’s UK Packaging Awards for our innovative 100% recyclable Rfresh Elite tray.
The packaging manufacturer, which serves the protein, bakery, foodservice, fresh produce and convenience markets, has been shortlisted in the Rigid Plastic Pack category.
Senior packaging experts from many of the biggest household names in the UK retail and brand landscape scrutinised more than 260 entries. The shortlist represents the very best of UK packaging which makes the sector a world leader. Judges considered look, feel, quality, innovation and company performance to come up with the shortlist.
Winners will be announced on November 12 at a glittering dinner held at the London Hilton hotel, on Park Lane.
Rfresh Elite is a mono-material tray, manufactured from up to 95% rPET. It uses a unique sealant on the tray flange to create a secure seal with the lidding film and which can be removed in the hot wash processes of Europe’s recyclers, eliminating the need for the industry standard laminated PE base film and creating a crystal clear tray which is 100% recyclable at the end of its service life - a breakthrough in tray packaging design.
The trays have been developed under LINPAC Packaging’s Project LIFE (LIghtweighting For Excellence) initiative, aimed at reducing pack weight and carbon footprint whilst maintaining excellent performance and integrity. The trays are 70 microns lighter than previous designs yet remain robust and completely functional.
The removal of the PE base film lamination reduces tray weight by approximately 3% and CAD/CAM redesign of the tray, with advanced process engineering, has delivered a minimum 10% reduction relative to standard PET/PE trays; the carbon footprint of an Elite tray is typically 5% less than the average rPET/PE tray.
Joanna Stephenson, Vice President Marketing and Innovation, at LINPAC Packaging said: “It is brilliant news to be shortlisted in these awards and look forward to attending a great presentation ceremony later this year.
“The innovation team at LINPAC spent two years developing and then perfecting the unique sealant for the Rfresh Elite tray to ensure we deliver a pack for our customers which ticks all the boxes on environmental credentials, product presentation, preservation and protection. It is a lightweight, 100% recyclable tray that is made almost entirely from recycled material and offers fantastic new efficiency and sustainability benefits across the supply chain.”
The Rfresh Elite tray has already won praise from the industry; LINPAC Packaging was presented with a Stationers’ Innovation Excellence Award and the Pack the Future Award earlier this year.

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