Ampac Holdings LLC, which produces a variety of packaging for fresh produce and other industries, won an award for innovation in packaging at the 2012 Institute of Food Technologists Expo.
The Cincinnati packaging company earned the honor for its recyclable No. 2 pouch, according to a news release from Ampac. The pouch is made from a co-extruded high-density polyethylene blend that provides stiffness and strength, making the bags able to stand up for easy display.
Ampac’s resealable No. 2 pouches can be produced with a clear, opaque or matte finish. They are approved for post-consumer recycling and can be recycled with plastic shopping bags.
The Institute of Food Technologists judged entries on: degree of innovation, whether the product solves a problem relevant to food science and technology, technological advancement, benefits to food producers, benefits to consumers and scientific merit.
A judge said the package is an “innovative problem-solving of an environmental problem.” Another one said that “although a pouch is not new, addition of ability to recycle enhances desirability, particularly if it has the strength and rigidity described.”
Ampac has a line of fresh produce packaging products, ranging from bags for fresh-cut foodservice products to retail packaging for fruits and vegetables.