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packaging is cool to touch within 45 seconds of coming out of the oven making it easy for passengers to tear open and eat from the pack without crumbs or a tray. While low-cost carriers may have led the push

for saleable onboard catering, legacy carriers are becoming more flexible in their attitudes and are looking for conveniently packed snacks and meal options onboard. Their priority on packaging is to ensure the look and products match their brand profile.

Cabin crew safety is paramount The issue of safety for cabin crew has also become important as recently highlighted with a new packaging system for serving soup on board by Denmark’s Faerch Plast. The bowl and lid combination features vent holes to allow vapour and excess pressure to escape during heating, eliminating the risk of a hot

soup explosion in mid-air. Even bigger issues for packaging suppliers are now weight considerations and recyclability. ‘Green’ packaging has become

essential for many and advice from the UK Foodservice Packaging Association is simple: innovate in order to reduce quantities of packaging, increase recycling and reduce landfill. First, it recommends, make recycling

easy, preferably at the point of use. Then innovate to find new solutions such as recent developments with rPET and rHDPE closed-loop solutions, where recycled food packaging is locally reprocessed and put back into the stream. Swedish domestic airline Malmö

Aviation has found just such an innovative way to reduce its waste by using Solo Cup’s Brandbuilder™, a bespoke printed hot

paper cup. According to the airline, it is using approximately 50 per cent less food packaging on its daytime flights by using the 10oz cups to hold a sandwich, a stirrer and napkins sealed in a flowpack bag. This allows them to dispense with the traditional box and disposables. Malmö provides a complimentary meal or snack on all of its services and following the success of the hot cups service, BrandBuilder™ is now available on UltraClear tumblers and heavy duty containers, suitable for thicker soups and meal solutions. All can carry a brand or advertising message. Airlines, caterers and suppliers

have all been taking up the ‘green’ challenge in varying degrees. Emirates Flight Catering, for example, recovers 780 tonnes of cardboard packaging annually for recycling into new paper products. Collection of waste paper from the offices yields a further 50 tonnes a year. Its environment team has only one task: recovering

recyclable products from the inbound waste stream. They are then sorted and sold in the local market and the proceeds are used to help pay for the team’s work.

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