With more than 75 years of experience in the design of flexible packaging and a consolidated know-how in paper processing, Sacchital Group will present itself at MEAT-TECH 2021 as the ideal partner for the development of innovative recyclable or compostable packaging, designed to meet environmental regulations and to satisfy the market's current need for sustainability. Sacchital technology is, in fact, able to guarantee the barrier properties necessary for the correct product preservation, protecting food from oxygen, steam, light and external atmospheres while maintaining high performance and efficiency during the packaging phase. Thanks to the particular attention paid to the eco-sustainable end of life, moreover, the choice of this type of packaging allows access to significant tax advantages compared to traditional materials. We talked about this with Paola Cerri, Sales&Marketing Manager of Sacchital Group.
What are your technological innovations and proposals for the market?
"Today, packaging is called upon answering instances that are closely linked to environmental sustainability, to the quality of its constituent materials and its role at the end of life." Declares Paola Cerri "Saving of raw materials, simplification of the packaging system, facilitation of recycling activities, research of innovative functional materials, are just some of the objectives we pursue through our research activities.
Our portfolio includes several sustainable packaging solutions, designed for the world of cold cuts and meats. Many of these have already been tested and industrialized, others are in the development stage.
In particular, during MEAT-TECH 2021 we will have the pleasure to present our customers the evolution of Formapaper®. It is an exclusive tray made of barrier-coated and recyclable paper, which today allows to significantly reduce the use of plastic, reaching up to 85% of savings compared to traditional packaging: Formapaper® is now certified recyclable in Class B according to the Aticelca methodology and allows an optimization of recycling activities, while maintaining the same standards of thermoforming, barrier and sealability. A sustainable and innovative solution, designed to preserve and protect the taste and freshness of sliced products such as cured meats, but also ideal for sliced cheeses and foods of vegetable origin. Moreover, this product is now available both as a thermoformable bottom and in pre-formed trays. It can be combined with the traditional recyclable tops in paper or in monomaterial plastic for applications in modified atmosphere; it can also be used for skin applications, even in the field of frozen food. It can be printed in roto and flexo, offering the possibility to customize the graphics on both sides, in the messages and in the colors: the result is a unique and distinctive eco-pack, able to stand out on the shelf and to accompany the consumer from the supermarket to the table thanks to its versatility, aesthetics and practicality of use.
The large space available for communication on the back of the tray, which is fully printable and customizable, offers the possibility of transmitting information about the properties of the product, enhancing the sustainability of the packaging and providing useful information for proper disposal, in line with the mandatory environmental labeling of packaging, which is scheduled to come into force next year. This is an opportunity to highlight the company's choices regarding sustainability and an incentive to design increasingly responsible and environmentally friendly packagings."
Sacchital's innovation does not stop and the Paperflex System®, Monoflex System® and Compoflex System® packaging lines continue to be enriched with new solutions. These are:
- Paperflex System®: recyclable in paper (certified according to the Aticelca method),
- Monoflex System®: recyclable in plastic (plastic mono-materials whose recyclability is certified by the German institute Cyclos)
- Compoflex System®: compostable (recoverable in organic collection and certified by TÜV Austria).
"The focus on eco-design is guiding us towards the development of a wide range of advanced packaging solutions," continues Paola Cerri, "characterized by a very high oxygen barrier and a high percentage of paper - over 95% - that will allow us to achieve a level A of recyclability according to the Aticelca method, required by countries such as Germany, Austria and the UK. We are therefore talking about a highly innovative proposal in the testing phase, which allows multiple end-of-life options and which will make it possible to combine the recycling potential and aesthetics of paper packaging with the mechanical properties and resistance of traditional packaging. "
What is your view of the current market and the coming months.
"As the most recent market surveys confirm," says Cerri, "it is clear that more and more consumers are changing their purchasing habits as a result of growing sensitivity to environmental issues. During the pandemic, in which the emergency has focused on issues such as hygiene and social security, consumers have become even more convinced of how much their purchasing behavior can impact the environment. Sustainability today is no longer a trend, but a reality. In retail, sustainable choices can be decisive in retaining customers or winning new ones, and this implies a change of course on the part of companies, increasingly oriented towards a green turn.
In this scenario, the role a company like ours can play it’s clear, actively supporting the customer in the design of circular packaging and promoting education and involvement of consumers regarding sustainability choices. The arise of new models of distribution and consumption, such as e-commerce, requires us to work in order to promote the development and design of packagings that are increasingly sustainable, 'light' and easy to recycle. Our goal is to create value and offer our customers concrete solutions and an increasingly complete service, in line with current market demands. That's why we are keep investing in Research & Development and new technologies: we want to help companies achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to achieve significant progress in the global economic, social and environmental challenges by 2030."
What expectations do you have for the event?
"We look at this event with confidence and optimism," says Paola Cerri, "hoping that it will mark a moment of recovery related to the restart we have been waiting for so long. For years now, MEAT-TECH has been an international appointment for professionals in the food industry in which we operate, an important opportunity to meet and exchange ideas, to create new business opportunities, network and present our innovations.
From the edition of MEAT-TECH 2021 we expect to get in touch with an increasingly selected and informed audience looking for innovative solutions in terms of high performance packaging materials and high added value, with a special focus on sustainability and circular economy. This year, moreover, the strategic concurrence of MEAT-TECH with the HostMilano and TUTTOFOOD events represents an interesting novelty that will certainly allow visitors to explore some supply chains in their entirety and to have an even broader view on emerging trends."