USA – Toray Plastics America, a leader in manufacturer of polyester, polypropylene, bio-based, and metallized films for flexible and rigid packaging, has developed its third generation of Torayfan clear, high barrier polypropylene packaging films ensuring that customers receive fresh food which can stay on the shelf for a longer time.

According to the company, it will manufacture the CB3 films in North Kingstown, Rhode Island to ensure sufficient supply of the packaging material to its local and non-local markets.

CB3 films offer great strength enabling the packaging material to withstand laminating and converting processes without affecting their barrier performance.

The film which runs on horizontal and vertical form, fill, seal systems find applications in both non-food and food products including salty snacks, cookies, crackers, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, dry pet food which needs to be delivered in their fresh forms.

Torayfan films are clear, prolongs food shelf life by acting as a barrier to oxygen and moisture delaying degradation of food quality.

The packaging material is also environmental friendly since it lacks polyvinylidene chloride (PVdC, which contains chlorine and promotes concerns about end-of-life disposal through incineration where it generates a similar quantity of dioxins as PVC.

“The third generation of Torayfan CB films is an exciting advancement,” said Tammy Williamson, Associate Product Manager of the Torayfan Polypropylene Films Division, Toray Plastics (America), Inc.

“These are very sophisticated films that combine a modified base film and complex coating to achieve impressive barrier.

In addition, consumers today want to see the item they are purchasing; it helps them feel confident that the food and ingredients are fresh.

CB3 films offer the transparency and freshness protection they expect.”

The CB3 film materials are also available in both sealable and non-sealable forms and are a thinner alternative to thicker OPP films enabling manufacturers to realize high yields and reducing on the costs of production.

They are suitably made in form of bags, pouches, stand-up pouches and flow wrap offering improvement in barrier properties against oxygen and moisture.

According to Williamson, the CB3 films are also an excellent alternative to acrylic-coated and AlOx-coated films, EVOH sealant web films, and metallized BOPP films.

“Also important is CPG companies’ preference that PVdC be eliminated from packaging because of the environmental concerns associated with it.

They also appreciate Toray’s commitment to sustainability. Now manufacturers are able to specify a transparent package with even greater shelf stability, without PVdC issues,” she added.