Flexo Transparent Inc. is test-marketing flexible packaging it claims keeps fried chicken and deli foods crisper than paperboard cartons and foil-lined bags. The Buffalo, N.Y., firm introduced its Crispy Keeper in January. The package is undergoing trial marketing programs at 14 grocery chains, said Ron Mabry, Flexo's president.
In a telephone interview, Mabry described Crispy Keeper as having a ``bag-in-a-bag'' construction. The inner bag is made of VisPore polyethylene supplied by Tredegar Film Products of Richmond, Va. It contains small, one-way flow funnels that channel steam and grease through the inner liner to the outer high density polyethylene liner where they condense, he said.
``The result is a better-quality product for the customer, and repeat sales for the deli or store manager,'' said Mabry.
Flexo patented the packaging in September after two years of developing Crispy Keeper.
Flexo converts and prints flexible plastic packaging at its 89-employee Buffalo plant.
The firm is spending about $400,000 this year to install a catalytic oxidizer to reduce volatile organic compound emissions from its printing operation. Western New York's Regional Economic Development Partnership Program will contribute $150,000, half as a grant and half as a loan.
Mabry said Environmental Protection Agency regulations forced Flexo to commit to the emission-control project. Flexo would be forced to close if it did not reduce its emissions to EPA-mandated levels.
He said Flexo uses waterborne inks and coatings for some applications but still requires solvent-based types for many uses.
He did not disclose sales for the privately held company, established in 1954.