Fresh round of investment extends convenience in retail sector


Linpac Packaging is to invest further in its Freshform division. In January 2013, the company launched its Freshware range of tubs, trays and containers for the rapidly growing chilled retail convenience sector following the installation of new highly flexible thermoforming equipment at the company’s headquarters in Featherstone, West Yorkshire.

Fourteen months on and the division is operating at full capacity prompting a second phase of investment which will see an additional new flexible thermoformer installed to enable the company to continue to offer a fast turnaround supply of new designs for the high churn convenience and prepared foods market. It takes the total amount invested by Europe’s leading multi-material packaging manufacturer in its Freshform division to approximately £2m since October 2012. The Freshware range comprises of packaging for prepared fruit and salads, dips, sandwich fillers, fresh pasta, pizza, prepared vegetables (e.g. stir-fry), chilled bakery, cooked meats and prepared fish, and is now being sold to customers across Europe. The largest order to date has been for 40m containers from a leading retailer in the UK.