Amcor collaborates with PFM to develop new recycle-ready packaging for fresh mozzarella

Amcor, a global company developing and producing responsible packaging solutions, has announced its new AmPrima for Mozzarella, a recycle-ready packaging solution for fresh mozzarella. The new package will be presented at Anuga FoodTec 2024 by PFM Packaging Machinery, with a live demo running on its leading vertical form fill seal (VFFS) machinery.

AmPrima for Mozzarella is a lightweight and flexible, mono-PE based material (97% PE content). It offers robust barrier properties to preserve the product for freshness and shelf life. The new package has been designed with increased puncture resistance, seal strength and material stiffness to avoid leaks and maintain product quality. AmPrima for Mozzarella is also pleasant to touch, with an excellent combination of toughness and softness. It features a heat-resistant film design that allows fast run speeds during mozzarella producers’ packing process.

This new recycle-ready packaging will help dairy brands get ready for the European Commission’s upcoming Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), with many cheese producers and retailers already seeking recyclable packaging ahead of a legislative mandate. Dairy brands using Amcor’s AmPrima for Mozzarella can reduce the carbon footprint of their packaging by up to 63%1 as well as a 53% reduction in non-renewable energy use compared to traditional OPA/PE structures. It is recyclable in European countries where Polyethylene (PE) and Polyolefin (PO) streams are available, as certified by the cyclos-HTP institute, and it has been designed according to CEFLEX D4ACE guidelines for circularity2.

“The collaboration with PFM Packaging Machinery addresses some of the biggest challenges facing cheese brands,” said Laura Delapeyronnie, marketing manager-dairy, Amcor. “The aim is to switch to more sustainable packaging that can run on high-speed production lines without compromising the product’s shelf life and quality. The development of this new packaging for mozzarella is a substantial step forward.” 

PFM has always been responsive to advances in sustainability, particularly regarding recycle-ready materials. Teaming up with Amcor, the machine supplier is successfully operating various recyclable packaging materials on its packing machines. Andrea Fioravanti, R&D director at PFM, highlighted: “The collaboration between PFM and Amcor is yielding excellent results in the development of new sealing systems and packaging materials. Numerous tests were conducted directly at customer premises to accurately assess  real production conditions. As a result of these tests, customers appreciate improvements of the material performance in their production process.”

Regulatory landscape, market trends and consumer preference are changing the packaging landscape; the move to more sustainable packaging with lower environment impact is evident. The collaboration between PFM and Amcor demonstrates the importance of coordination across the supply chain to enable brands and consumers to move toward a more circular economy. This launch also contributes to Amcor’s pledge to develop all its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025. 

Visit PFM at Anuga FoodTec 2024 in Hall 7.1 on Stand B-060 to find out more.

Learn more about Amcor’s AmPrima PE for Mozzarella at:  Why you need perfect packaging to keep mozzarella fresh | Amcor

1.        Based on Amcor’s ASSET Life Cycle Assessment system – Comparison based on cradle-to-grave analysis of baseline packaging vs comparison product, assuming: 100% incineration with energy recovery for the baseline packaging, 100% mechanical recycling for the proposed packaging.


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