TCL Packaging develops new packaging film for packing McDonald's lettuce to move away from traditional PET/PE laminate films, meet the restaurant's environmental policy; the new clear, recyclable, mono-layer PE-based film features easy peel properties

TELFORD, England , July 23, 2013 (press release) – A technical team, led by TCL Packaging has developed a new packaging film that meets strict criteria demanded of chopped lettuce packers supplying McDonald’s.

The challenge, driven by McDonald’s environmental policy, was to move away from traditional PET/PE laminate films but continue to meet the stringent conditions for keeping iceberg lettuce fresh and ensuring packs are easy to open. The ability to improve packing speeds was also a requirement for the lettuce packers to meet demand.

Part of the development work involved a number of subtle chemical changes and many trials of the film properties through the extrusion process to create a film that meets the technical requirements. The outcome is a new clear, recyclable, mono-layer PE-based material with easy peel properties. The film runs successfully at speed without any temperature issues.

Slitting the new film requires specialist conversion expertise which is handled by TCL at their facility in Telford.

The resulting film meets all the requirements of the McDonald’s supply chain and the brand’s commitment to renewable and recyclable packaging. Interest is already being expressed for this new product from lettuce and salad packers in a number of European countries.

Notes to editors

TCL Packaging was established in 1999 in Telford to supply quality printed packaging films to converters and food manufacturers. Its printed films are used on many leading consumer brands and retail supermarket products. The company is three times winner of an EFTA print award.

In November 2012, a management buy-out was concluded and Mike Golding, managing director for two years, became the majority shareholder.

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