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Uflex focusing on resource optimized packaging for essential Indian staples.
Uflex focusing on resource optimized packaging for essential Indian staples.

Uflex, an Indian flexible packaging solutions provider, announced that it is focusing on developing resource optimized packaging for essential staples like pulses, wheat flour, sugar, salt and oil.

"Flexible packaging in India will get the real boost when high volume (bulk) commodity food items like pulses, wheat-flour, sugar, salt and oil are marketed in packaged form," said Jeevaraj Pillai, Joint President, Packaging and New Product Development, Uflex Limited.

"In India almost 80-85% of unbranded food products are still sold loose without pre-designated packaging. With steadily increasing demand from urban consumers for branded high volume commodity food items, we are now getting a lot of enquiries from popular food brands for developing cost effective packaging particularly for the essential staples category."

The company has recently developed a two-ply laminated packaging for wheat flour comprising a specialized polyester (PET)/polyethylene (PE) structure.

In order to restrict the pricing within 2.5-3% of the total MRP of the 5Kg wheat flour pack Uflex had to optimally down gauge the packaging. Both the PET film and the sealant PE layer are modified to maintain the mechanical properties of the pack, which achieve high dart impact resistant to pass five drops from 1.2m height as per the ASTM standards.

"We were able to reduce the thickness of the PE by almost 38% which substantively down gauged the overall packaging. This reduction makes the packaging light-weight/resource optimized and far more sustainable than its erstwhile version," explained Pillai.

Uflex has also added nano-perforation on the laminate that helps dispelling the air while filling the flour inside the pack. It also ensures that no infestation by mites and other micro-organisms takes place resulting in spoilage of the wheat-flour packed inside.

In fact, the perforations are designed just enough for removing the air and restricting the passage of mites. Furthermore, the nano-perforation on the pack imparts anti-skid properties to the bag paving way for easy stacking all through the supply chain.

Pillai claimed Uflex is the only Indian packaging company with such ability.

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