Taghleef Industries is one of the largest manufacturers of BOPP, CPP and BOPLA films with a footprint in nine countries on five continents. It produces specialised and multipurpose films for food packaging, labels, industrial and graphic arts applications.
With five R&D centres across the globe, Taghleef Industries is at the forefront of innovative packaging using flexible films. Biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) is well known for its high-yield, mechanical strength, sealing performance and moisture barrier. These key properties, combined with an excellent cost/performance ratio, have made it the most popular film for form-fill-seal packaging of food and non-food.
However, due to its limited gas and oxygen barrier properties, clear-barrier applications have sometimes excluded BOPP films in favour of other materials, such as biaxially oriented polyethylene terephthalate (BOPET), biaxially oriented polyamide (BOPA), or thick multilayer co-extrusions of blown polyethylene (PE) or cast polypropylene (PP).
Taghleef Industries' global portfolio of EXTENDO high-barrier films enables the delivery of extended shelf life and product freshness for food producers and other CPG companies. The primary barrier components of the EXTENDO portfolio of films are:
Other features and advantages include:
Taghleef Industries has paved the way for a full range of new barrier applications for BOPP film in dry food, cereals, snacks, dried fruits, biscuits and nuts.
The contamination of food with mineral oil saturated hydrocarbons (MOSH) and mineral oil aromatic hydrocarbons (MOAH) from packages made of recycled paperboard has opened a public debate between distribution chains and food producers in Europe.
Aromatic substances, which can be detrimental to human health, are raising particular concerns to the point that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) stated that, "A significant source of dietary exposure to MOH may be contamination of food by the use of recycled paperboard as a packaging material. MOH contamination can be effectively prevented by the inclusion of functional barriers into the packaging assembly."
Taghleef Industries took the initiative to commission a comparative study to assess the permeability of various food packaging films against mineral oils. The tests were conducted in 2013 to 2015 by Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging IVV, Freising, Germany. The tests confirm that EXTENDO films provide an excellent barrier against mineral oils (even below detection limits). The tests also established that acrylic and PVDC-coated films provide a moderate, (but not sufficient) barrier.