BOPP eco-film with 'excellent twist'

By Lindsey Partos

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Slovakian firm Moneta's presented an ecologically clean substitute to cellophane 'with excellent twist characteristics' at last week's ProSweets trade fair in Germany.

Stepping in time to growing sustainability issues in confectionery packaging, the film targets a range of confectionery products including chewing gum and hard sweets, the company's 'Yango Twist' packaging material is a biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP).

"Yango Twist film can be run at a speed of up to 2000 ppm on modern type packaging machines, as well as older packaging machines that are not designed to work with synthetic materials,"​ said the Slovakian firm.

Industry interest in biodegradability components for packaging is accelerating in pace with a desire to find sustainable solutions to growing environmental concerns.

Breakthrough and tear strength

According to Moneta's, the 'superior breakthrough and tear strength' of their ecologically clean film, a metalised bi-oriented polypropylene film with 'outstanding dead fold properties and high stiffness', can contribute to greater efficiency and speed on the production line.

"Yango Twist has a strong puncture resistance that is especially helpful with the sharp-edged hard candies,"​ added the Slovakian firm. The film has an option to twist and then seal for products, such as chewing gums and chewy sweets.

Food contact and ten year storage

The film is lipid-resistant and complies with requirements of EEC directives and FDA regulation in direct contact with food.

In terms of keeping stocks, Yango Twist has no specific conditions for storage, and can be stored for ten years, said Moneta's, that supplies flexible packaging materials and boxes to the confectionery market.

BOPP explained

When polypropylene, a thermoplastic polymer, is biaxially oriented, it becomes crystal clear. As such is used extensively by the food industry as a packaging material on the production line.

BOPP, biaxially oriented polypropylene, films are popular across a wide range of manufacturing industries today because of core properties that include better shrinkage, stiffness, transparency, sealability, twist retention and barrier.

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