Liquiflex® Advance™ Film for Bulk Foodservice Pouches Wins FPA Gold Award
Source: Dennis Burian: Bemis Compay, Inc.
Oshkosh, Wisconsin – March 18, 2011 - Curwood announced today that its Liquiflex® Advance™ film—the ultra-tough, sustainable new option for packaging pumpable bulk foodservice products—won gold in the 2011 FPA Achievement Awards Competition. Used to make bulk pouches for liquids and semi-liquids such as soups, sauces, condiments and meat slurry, the award-winning new film replaces metal foodservice cans or traditional bulk liquid films, generating 96% less waste than cans and up to 30% less waste than conventional films.
Generating 96% less waste than metal cans and up to 30% less waste than other bulk foodservice packaging films, new Liquiflex® Advance™ film from Curwood takes home high honors in the 2011 FPA Achievement Awards Competition.
Featuring a proprietary 13-layer film construction, new Liquiflex® Advance™ film technology includes redundant nylon and EVOH layers for unprecedented strength, abuse resistance and barrier. The unique construction provides a strengthening effect that allows pouches to be downgauged up to 30% compared to traditional bulk liquid films without compromising structural integrity. The benefits add up throughout the supply chain, with better space utilization in transit and storage; less product waste thanks to greater roll footage and fewer changeovers; and 30% less landfill waste.
“We’re honored that Liquiflex® Advance™ film was recognized with an FPA Gold Award,” says Jon Pietsch, Curwood’s Market Manager for Liquid Flexibles, “the film is a big leap forward for the bulk foodservice packaging industry, and it is part of a total film and equipment solution that raises the bar for performance, efficiency and ease of use.” Liquiflex® Advance™ film is optimized to run on Curwood’s Liquiflex® AV Series Bulk Liquid VFFS equipment as well as all industry-standard lap seal bulk packaging equipment.
Designed for products from 1 to 15 liters, Liquiflex® Advance™ film is engineered to protect the taste and quality of refrigerated, frozen or shelf-stable foods. Filled pouches are field-tested to resist tearing, shearing and puncture, staying hermetically sealed until opened for use. The film goes from freezer to re-thermalization in boiling water for easy food storage, prep and serving. Optional features include easy dispensing with specially engineered fitment options and high-impact printing to convey cooking instructions or showcase marketing messages right on the package.
On the production line, Liquiflex® Advance™ film delivers outstanding machinability and sealability for superior productivity. The film stays crystal clear, stiff and strong in applications up to 212ºF. Its unmatched thermal stability allows for improved weight control and less product giveaway on hot-fill applications.
Known throughout the world for technological leadership in high-barrier packaging, Curwood is a preferred supplier of innovative packaging materials and systems for food, beverage, household, industrial and personal care industries. Curwood maintains strategic manufacturing and service centers throughout North America, South America and Europe, and is well-positioned to meet global distribution and marketing needs. Headquartered in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, U.S.A., Curwood is part of the Bemis family of companies.
Bemis Company is a major supplier of flexible packaging and pressure sensitive materials used by leading food, consumer products, healthcare and other companies worldwide. Founded in 1858, the Company is included in the S&P 500 index of stocks and reported pro forma 2010 net sales of $4.84 billion. The Company’s flexible packaging business has a strong technical base in polymer chemistry, film extrusion, coating and laminating, printing and converting. Headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, Bemis employs nearly 20,000 individuals worldwide. More information about the Company is available at our website, www.bemis.com.