RICHMOND, VA. - James River Corp. of Richmond has signed agreements with a Canadian firm to make the latter's line of microwave packages. James River, which recently sold much of its plastics business to Printpack Inc. of Atlan-ta, will make microwave packaging using the Micro-Rite-brand materials developed by Beckett Technologies Corp. of Mississauga, Ontario.
The material is a three-layer construction featuring a pa-perboard base, an aluminum heat-transfer layer and a polyethylene layer, which enables food to be cooked in micro-wave ovens with results similar to conventional ovens.
``We will be making the aluminized layer,'' said Al Cavan, vice chairman of Beckett, ``and the three-layer stock, which will be taken to James River to be formed into the trays and containers.''
Beckett claims the packaging materials, with the metal component encased between the paper and plastic layers, allow foods to be cooked so crispness can be achieved.
Traditional microwave cooking precludes crisp crusts and brown surfaces.
``You can cook an apple pie in the package in 15 minutes, with a beautiful golden brown crust, for instance,'' Cavan said, ``as opposed to an hour and 15 minutes in a conventional oven, or not at all in the microwave without the package.''