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Graphic Packaging International Partners with Cranswick PLC to Commercialise new On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL)-Approved, Recyclable PaperLite™ Pack for Tesco PLC


Fibre-based consumer packaging leader Graphic Packaging International (‘Graphic Packaging’) has announced the launch of an innovation in plastic replacement for food packaging, in partnership with leading UK-based food producer Cranswick PLC.

 The pack, in-store now in UK retailer Tesco, sees Cranswick move a range of its cooked meats from plastic into trays produced from PaperLite™, a thermoformable packaging material which contains 90 percent renewable plant-based fibre.  

 The PaperLite 200/23 HB material used in the Cranswick range is classed as recyclable in many countries and is confirmed as recyclable according to PTS (PTS-RH 021:2012 Cat II). In addition, it has been assessed by the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) scheme and can be labelled ‘recycle’ in the UK. 

 The high percentage of fibre in PaperLite 200/23 HB reduces the carbon footprint by 85 percent compared to a plastic tray*, further enhancing the sustainability of the pack.

 The high fibre content is achieved without compromising barrier performance, offering product protection and shelf-life comparable to traditional plastic trays. PaperLite is therefore ideal for chilled foods, helping brand owners and retailers meet their plastic reduction targets while offering an effective, attractive pack. 

 More about PaperLite:

PaperLite is ideal for a wide range of food and non-food applications. Utilising an inner film layer manufactured from PE or APET, the pack can be tailored to offer medium and high barrier options with minimum use of plastics. The film can be made peelable to provide additional consumer convenience

 PaperLite materials of different thicknesses have been proven to run very well on existing Form, Fill, Seal (FFS) lines.

Additional information about Graphic Packaging, its business and its products is available at

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