Sealed Air has received the 2018 Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) Ameristar Award for its Cryovac® FlexPrep™ system, a solution offering pouch-based condiment packaging and dispensing.
The Ameristar Award is given to packaging systems that successfully demonstrate how the solution contains, protects and distributes food products from manufacturing to the foodservice establishment, while also extending shelf life and minimizing food waste.
The Cryovac FlexPrep system revolutionizes the way back-of-house condiments and sauces are packaged and dispensed, replacing paperboard or other rigid canisters for flexible pouches. Pre-filled pouches are inserted into a proprietary clear cylinder dispensing unit with ergonomic handles. The condiments applied with FlexPrep remain in the primary package from manufacturing through application bringing yield rates up to 98 percent, equal to yield improvement up to 40 percent over rigid containers.
From a food safety perspective, the contents of a Cryovac FlexPrep pouch are hermetically sealed with no headspace in Cryovac® oxygen barrier film, which helps keep condiments fresh and flavorful. Additionally, the food products do not come in contact with human hands, cutting tools or other utensils during kitchen operations, which helps prevent cross contamination.
When compared to current foodservice condiment packaging options, the Cryovac FlexPrep dispensing system uses less packaging material, delivers improved portion control and food safety, better utilizes shipping and storage space, and decreases condiment waste.
“In foodservice, sauces and condiments allow operators to easily experiment with a growing selection of new flavors as the means to expand their menus. Meanwhile, kitchen, storage, and refrigeration space is shrinking,” said Lucian Gray, market development director at Sealed Air’s Food Care division. “The Cryovac FlexPrep system offers a way for food service operators to address these issues – and we’re honored to see it recognized for the benefits it provides.”