European packaging company Faerch Plast has developed a plastic pizza box package which increases the selling options for users, while minimising their impact on the environment.
The new circular box has an opaque circular plastic base made from crystalline polyethylene terephthalate (CPET), partially composed of recycled PET bottles. The pack is completed by a clear lid made of amorphous polyethylene terephthalate (APET). The base has a partially crystalline structure which allows it to maintain its structure during cooking in an oven - up to 220 C - or microwaves. It has been designed to ensure that the pizza cooks evenly and it is 100% recyclable.
Faerch Plast's new pizza pack will not only be useful in selling factory prepared pizzas. It can be employed to easily package customised fresh-made pizzas prepared at a supermarket deli counter or in the kitchen of a pizzeria restaurant - an increasingly popular option for take-out food in Europe. Its heat-resistance properties mean that pizza distribution chains will be able to use the new pack as well, as an alternative to traditional cardboard boxes.
The potential of the CPET pizza box was acknowledged at the recent industry Sandwich and Snack Show held in Paris on 5-6 February 2014, where it was given the Snack d'Or trophy.
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