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RPC bpi protec has launched X-Dual Seal, a flexible packaging product featuring a two-compartment design with a hermetic seal on the outside and a burst peel on the inside.
X-Dual Seal allows end users to ’pop’ the inside seal by applying force to one compartment, before mixing the contents together. The bag has numerous potential applications within both food and non-food markets.
For food applications, good hygiene is promoted by the fact there is no need to handle the contents, while accurate portion control is made easy by the compartments. The strong outer hermetic seal provides excellent product protection for all applications. Another key benefit identified by RPC bpi protec is the extended shelf-life that X-Dual Seal enables with its novel format. For example, the packaging of gas-flushed products such as bread rolls using X-Dual Seal would enable each to be opened individually, leaving the other products unaffected. Similarly, end users can keep the products together or separate depending on whichever is more beneficial to the shelf-life of the food.
Minimizing food waste is an important issue identified in RPC bpi protec’s recent survey of 1,000 British consumers, of whom 59 percent believed that options such as resealable packaging helped to reduce food waste. The X-Dual Seal and similar products offer an opportunity for portion control and minimizing waste from households in England, which rose by 2.5 percent in 2016 to 22.8 million tonnes.
For manufacturers, the X-Dual Seal requires little-to-no modifications to their existing machinery and does not require the application of an additional strip of material, which can hinder the hermetic seal. The burst peel can also be created by a lower temperature, which reduces the amount of film required between products and removes the need for complicated tear-lines.
X-Dual Seal is said to offer end users and manufacturers across a range of markets with extended shelf-life, satisfaction-of-use and easy integration into production lines.
Sue Mohan, sales director at RPC bpi protec, explained: ‘The X-Dual Seal is a new product that we believe will prove to be a real success across different markets. Besides its extended shelf-life and portion control benefits, a key part of its appeal is how fun it is to pop the burst peel – we feel this experiential aspect makes a real difference to X-Dual Seal and delivers an exciting new pack format for manufacturers.’