Dow has enhanced its polymer solutions for meat and cheese packaging for efficient packaging production, consumer experience and remarkable food preservation, helping to further reduce food waste. 

“Any food wastage is a serious environmental and ethical issue, and the EU is targeting a 50% reduction by 2030,” said Romain Cazenave, marketing director, EMEA at Dow’s Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. “Dow, together with the industry, has been working on solutions that help to keep meat fresh up to three times longer, while using only a third of the packaging material compared to conventional methods. The result is a food waste reduction of up to 75% at the retailer level.” 

Dow’s portfolio of high-performance resins offers effective meat and cheese packaging solutions, such as high-performing barrier shrink bags (BSB) and light vacuum skin packaging (VSP). Using Dow’s resins, BSB bags feature high puncture and tear resistance, help ensuring good package integrity along the supply chain, while remarkable meat adhesion and seal integrity result in packaging that help protect and looks good on the shelf. Solutions for VSP enable good seal to protect from contamination, exceptional seal integrity and improved liquid retention for excellent food protection in a tamper-evident and easy-open packaging. Good drawability allows for a very favorable skin effect and further help ensuring that VSP solutions have great shelf appeal. 

Innovative polymer solutions suitable for tie, core, skin and seal layers of meat packaging include INNATE and DOWLEX high-performance resins, BYNE functional polyolefins for tie layers, efficient AFFINITY sealants as well as APPEEL peelable resins. SURLYN ionomers offer remarkable seal integrity help reducing juice loss and maintaining nutrient protection, resulting in good taste, tenderness and odor control. Dow’s product range for meat and cheese packaging solutions can enhance structure and conversion requirements of the industry and can be easily combined.

Thanks to Pack Studios collaborations, Dow will showcase for brand owners and packaging converters its integrated portfolio of packaging solutions with concrete prototypes at K 2019 (October 16-23 in Germany).