Modified Atmosphere Packaging (M.A.P.)
M.A.P. AND REDUCING FOOD WASTE Food waste is a huge issue with over 10 million tons of food wasted annually in the UK alone. Whilst the biggest impact on this volume would be to only produce the food that can be used and to redistribute excesses, there are ways that packaging can impact on reducing this number.
Packaging is an indispensable element for the food industry. The most important role for any packaging solution is to protect the product and preserve the food for longer. Packaging solutions like heat-sealable and modified atmosphere packaging can extend the freshness for days (depending on contents). This extension of shelf life works through reducing the content exposure to oxygen thus preserving without the need for artificial preservatives, WRAP research has shown that extending product life by just one day could save 250,000 tonnes of food waste in the UK annually.
In the UK we waste MILLION 10 TONNES over
of all food produced is lost or wasted from farm to fork according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O.)
of food in a year
MILLION 24 SLICES
Colpac is an award-winning British designer and manufacturer of innovative food packaging solutions and our products are exported to over 60 countries worldwide. We have a focus on sustainability both as a business and as a supplier to the food industry and our extensive range of recyclable and compostable products are specifically designed for a range of facilities.
Colpac are committed to our design and manufacturing base in the UK. However, we continue to look globally for our inspiration, keeping you up to date with the latest trends and innovations, with the reassurance of the highest quality standards. With a wealth of experience in the industry Colpac manages the manufacturing process under ‘one roof’ from concept and design, through to printing and manufacture.
Food waste is responsible for 8% of global GHG emmisions - six times more than the aviation sector
of bread are thrown away by U.K households
OVER 350 RECYCLABLE PRODUCT LINES
OVER 200 COMPOSTABLE PRODUCT LINES
Every year a third of the world’s food is wasted. It adds up to around
EXTENDING SHELF- BY AS MUCH AS
BILLION 1.3 TONNES
REDUCING FOOD WASTE
IN-HOUSE DEDICATED GRAPHICS & CONSTRUCTION TEAM
Whilst one in nine people remain malnourished, we use land that would equal the size of China to grow food that is lost or thrown away
Sources: WRAP, Champions 12.3 report and The Food Rush
Our ColMAP™ range of packaging and machinery has been designed and developed over several years by our team of experts. We have installed MAP sealing machinery lines with food manufacturers and processors around the world. • M.A.P. reduces the need for artificial preservatives, which is great for retailers to eliminate as many additives as possible on their labels and show that food is fresh and natural. • M.A.P. can increase the expected shelf-life by up to 10 days depending on ingredients and supply chain conditions. • A longer shelf-life means that the product can be shipped over longer distances, which can increase the range of distribution and reduces the number of deliveries. Additionally this gives the opportunity to sell product over a longer period of time • The extended shelf-life achievable means there will be less frequent product replacement requirements which will lead to supply chain efficiencies and increased on-shelf availability. • ColMAP™ packaging typically contains only 15% of the plastic (by weight) of the equivalent full plastic packs. KEY ATTRIBUTES OF M.A.P. PACKAGING
OUR PACKAGING Modified Atmosphere Packaging (M.A.P.) is a shelf-life extension technique for fresh food, which is achieved by replacing the oxygen within a sealed pack with a protective gas mix through controlled vacuum. The removal of oxygen inhibits the growth of microbes and slows down the process of food decay. Together with lowering the storage temperature and maximising the levels of hygiene during production and packing, the product will stay fresh for significantly longer. The ColMAP™ range of packaging in paperboard consists of sandwich packs and lidded trays. These are manufactured from recyclable paperboard laminated with a high barrier, multi-layer film, suitable for food grade gases.
01SP3MAF M.A.P. Salad Pack
175/155 x 135/115 x 65mm 1340ml/ 47 UK fl.oz 250
WITH SIDE OPENING LID
WITH END OPENING LID
01ST17K (printed Kraft effect) suitable for 2 deep-filled sandwiches 77/65 M.A.P. Sandwich Pack 119.5 x 77/65 x 119.5mm 250
01ST29KE (printed Kraft effect) suitable for 2 deep-filled sandwiches 77/65 M.A.P. Sandwich Pack 119.5 x 77/65 x 119.5mm 500
CUSTOM MADE The product can be customised to your design/artwork.
RECYCLABLE BOARD The board for these products is recyclable.
EXTENDED SHELF-LIFE Products with an extended shelf-life.
Customer laboratory testing
Specification sign off
Trial/testing at your site
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ColMAP TM SLALOM 7
The ColMAP™ Slalom7 machine is a linear automatic sealing machine supplied with an independent vacuum pump.
ColSeal ® SAVVIE
The ColSeal ® Savvie machine is a semi- automatic pneumatic operated sealing machine, with an integral vacuum pump, for sealing M.A.P. packaging.
variable, up to 500 units per hour, subject to load and reload
260 x 400mm wide
600 x 900 x 1325mm
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380/415 volt x 3 phase
Vacuum pump or integral compressor included; subject to customer confirmation
Features and benefits
• Semi automatic sealer with vacuum pump or compressor • Seals up to 4 sandwich packs per seal cycle. Optional extra tool sets available • Suitable for heat-seal closure from sandwiches to trays and from ‘lid attached’ to film seal onto pulp trays or pre-formed PP/PET trays • Operates by closing the tool plate drawer containing the packs to initiate automatic seal cycle / manual cycle • Operation control adjustable from the panel for varied heat and seal cycles (5x programme to select) • Easy to use machine which can be in production within minutes • Easy to clean food grade S304 stainless steel • Base tool drawer allows easy change over for other sized packs • Multi pocket base tool available • Seals packs with PE and PLA (bio) windows as well as film lidding trays • Integral vacuum pump for M.A.P. • Optional silent running compressor at extra cost available for ambient
Features and benefits
• Full M.A.P. and non M.A.P. sealing of a range of packs and trays • Quick and easy product changeover with only 7 tooling plates • Pneumatic outfeed of sealed packs on an automatic production line • Possibility to add work stations and integrate with downstream labelling and packing equipment • Touch screen and push button control panel mounted at infeed • Selection of up to 10 working programmes to control vacuum and gas in order to achieve desired residual oxygen value • Left to right or reverse operation, control panel on either side, safety interlocked panels and adjustable feet • External vacuum pump which can be controlled by time or sensor
variable, up to 1200 units per hour, subject to load and reload
up to 10 cycles per minute
Sealing area capacity
380 x 265mm
3800 x 730 x 1500mm (machine footprint)
32 Amp x 3 phase x 50/60Hz
Customer supply compressed air Vacuum pump included (outside of machine)
With interchangeable tooling, the Savvie Sealer can seal:
With interchangeable tooling, the Slalom 7 can seal:
C-vis ® /Trays
C-vis ® /Trays
Colpac Ltd. Enterprise Way, Maulden Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 5BW, England, UK.
Tel: +44 (0) 1525 712 261 Fax: +44 (0) 1525 718 205
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