MADISON, WIS. (June 6, 3:05 p.m. ET) — Placon Corp. recently launched a new line of tamper-evident deli containers made with up to 100 percent post-consumer PET.
Placon's Evolutions deli features high clarity containers, ranging in size from 8 ounces to 32 ounces, for use with cold, ready-to-eat foods.
The thermoformed containers are made with Placon's EcoStar resin and contain between 70 - 100 percent post-consumer recycled content, said Laura Stewart, vice president of sales and marketing, by phone.
The Madison-based company uses plastic bottles collected in curbside recycling programs to make RPET flake that carries a letter of non-object from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The flake is then extruded into sheets and used to make food packaging, like deli and bakery containers.
Placon opened its EcoStar recycling facility last year in Fitchburg, Wis., but the company has been working with recycled material for about 20 years, Stewart added.
The EcoStar containers appeal to businesses looking to meet sustainability requirements and mandates, but customers have also responded to the containers tamper-evident lids, she said.
To open a container, consumers must lift a tab on the corner of the lid. Once the tab is opened, it will remain upright.
“It just helps consumers, or really the retailer know, that's something's been tampered with,” she said.
The lids have a recessed fit, so containers can be easily stacked, and are interchangeable between all container sizes.
The lids also have a tight seal and are leak resistant, a feature Placon is known for, Stewart said.
“If you [offer] coleslaw or salsa in a container, [consumers] don't want that all over the backseat of their car,” she said. “We want it to arrive fresh, at home, in good condition.”
According to Plastics News rankings, Placon had 2011 sales of $114 million, making it the 17th largest thermoformer in North America.