Whitworths, UK-based supplier of dried fruits, nuts and seeds, has launched a new range of treat mixes using recyclable stand-up pouches from FFP.

FFP offered a pre-made, stand-up, doy pouch made of a mono material all PE laminate called ‘FFPE’ that met all of Whitworth’s packaging requirements. It is 100% recyclable as it can be recycled with carrier bags at larger stores, as classified by OPRL.

The pouches were supplied with an EVOH layer to provide oxygen and moisture barrier for product freshness and shelf-life. To address the reclose requirements, FFP provided the pouches with an all PE zip that would maintain the packs recyclable credentials.

Mark Oaten, packaging innovation manager for Whitworths commented, ‘The Evening Snacks range was an important launch for us and the packaging was an integral factor. FFP are an existing supplier and we were well aware of the excellent work they have been doing in sustainable packaging. It was therefore a natural progression to ask them to support us with this launch and to provide a recyclable packaging solution. We were delighted with the final packaging, the print quality is excellent and has enabled the range to really stand out on shelf and of course the recyclable credentials of the packs support our sustainable long term objectives.’

FFP’s in-house originations team were heavily involved in the project, providing colour management solutions to maintain brand integrity across the range. It was important that messaging was consistent across all of the products highlighting their environmental credentials clearly on front of pack. This made it easy for consumers to understand that unlike many other pouches on the market, this packaging was 100% recyclable. The pouches were reverse printed which enhanced print quality, increasing vibrancy and ensuring that the print would not diminish over time. Prior to full production, FFP supported Whitworths with trials to ensure the material and pouches ran well on their packaging lines and would meet their requirements.