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BioPak, KM Packaging Services, and agriculture company Costa have come together to create a pack for Woolworths’ sweet berry truss tomatoes.

The pack uses 90 per cent less plastic than a conventional APET clamshell punnet and combines BioPak’s home-compostable sugarcane tray with KM’s K Peel printed lidding film. The pack is heat sealed using a Proseal GT1s-Max automatic inline sealer, according to a statement from KM Packaging.

Richard Fine, founder, product developer and sustainability director at BioPak, told Food & Drink Business the project took some research and development to get the design right.

“Ultimately, it is replacing a PET tray with one made of moulded sugarcane pulp fibre. It’s home-compostable, as well as recyclable in the paper stream,” he said.

“The trays needed to fit into the existing standardised crates. They also needed to be able to de-nest easily and accept the top film.”

Fine pointed out that the trays are made form renewable resources and are carbon neutral.

According to a statement from BioPak, if 50m sugarcane trays were composted at home, the emissions offset would be equivalent to driving a car around the world 93 times.

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