Consumer awareness is getting stronger in regard to protecting the planet. Brands are developing more sustainable solutions, while continuing to build strong and market-leading positions.
"We believe that we have only seen the beginning of what fibre-based materials can do to tackle the challenges that the food industry has to face. Ahlstrom-Munksjö works closely with all actors across the food packaging value chain to develop solutions that address their current and future challenges, whether big or small."
Ahlstrom-Munksjö is a global leader in fibre-based materials. It serves customers all around the world through a committed workforce of 8000 employees, including a strong sales and service organisation, and 44 production and converting facilities in 14 countries. In April 2017, Ahlstrom and Munksjö merged to form Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a key global player in fibre-based materials that offers non-woven and speciality paper solutions. In October the acquisition of Expera in the US was completed. The industry can expect to benefit from the company's enhanced strength and reach, including its improved service, design, and research and development capabilities. This new chapter opens up unique development opportunities for the food industry. "Ahlstrom-Munksjö strongly supports co-innovation with its customers and a creative approach to develop tailor-made solutions for the needs of tomorrow. Ahlstrom-Munksjö is highly committed to playing its part in protecting the environment for future generation."
Leading innovation, sustainability and safety is absolutely crucial in the packaging industry. Using natural fibres gives the industry increased potential to drive development to satisfy the evolving needs of consumers.
Fibre-based solutions provide a fresh approach to developing greener alternatives to non-renewable materials.
"Our NatureMold baking moulds offer end products that are biodegradable and home compostable. Made of paperboard and Genuine Vegetable Parchment (GVP), NatureMold is a 100% cellulose product for end products that are easy and safe to use. The material has unrivalled wet strength and grease resistance. This innovative tray is a good example of a green alternative to plastic or aluminium moulds."
The newly formed company is able to provide solutions that precisely meet the requirements of the baking and cooking markets, whatever the need.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö's eco-friendly baking solutions range from the 35g, two-sided, siliconised lightweight Aderpack, to GVP or NatureMold baking moulds.
"Whether for use at home or by professionals, just once or multiple times, in consumer rolls, rolled dough, pan liner or food containers, our products offer optimal release, greaseproof and heat-resistance properties. They protect baking equipment, resulting in gained time and efficiency to make the most of culinary creations."
Being innovative when it comes to sustainability is also about providing the right barrier so products can reach the necessary shelf life, or the appropriate level of protection against grease, moisture or oxygen.
More recently, advances have also been done to maximise consumer safety with the development of paper solutions to prevent mineral-oil migration into food.
Ahlstrom-Munksjö has developed Gerstar Mo, a one-sided coated paper that provides an excellent MOSH-MOAH (mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons - mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons) barrier for primary packaging. It also prevents cross-contamination from mineral oils potentially coming from secondary packaging or transport.
Made from virgin fibres and suitable for direct contact with food, this new paper barrier is available from 50g/m². Printable in helio and flexo, it perfectly supports brand messages. Suitable for lamination, extrusion and coating, varnishing, and hot and cold sealing, Gerstar Mo is recommended for use in bags, sachets and pouches. It is mainly used for dry-food flexible packaging such as for biscuits, crisp bread or dehydrated foods.
Advances in sustainability come with the development of lighter paper grades, contributing to a reduced packaging weight. Ahlstrom-Munksjö supports this initiative and has developed several light-paper grades. For instance, Gerbier HDS 35g for dry-food pouches is 12.5% lighter than a traditional Gerbier HDS 40g.
It is mainly used for dry-food products such as sugar, coffee, sweets, aromatic herbs, dehydrated products or powder pharmacy sachets. "It reduces the environmental footprint, while maintaining high performance during lamination, printing and converting,"
Ahlstrom-Munksjö's GVP, coated or calendered papers, treated or untreated, are serving the baking, dairy, confectionery, pet food, beverage and non-food packaging sectors.