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Packaging Digest Directory, 2015/2016

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42 NEW TECHNOLOGY // summer 2015 www.PackagingDigest.com Packaging factors, options 915 Labs pairs MATS with packaging solutions that maximize the natural quality and favor of foods. Due to the use of microwave energy, metal food packaging is not appropriate for MATS, points out 915 Labs' COO Matt Raider, who talks with Packaging Digest about the status, requirements and options for packaging for the process. Raider starts by explaining that, at 10 to 15 minutes, MATS is a much shorter and gentler process than retorting, which takes about an hour. Tat permits options to "relocate" the barrier layer for optimized oxygen barrier and to take material out of the packaging, he says. In a broad sense, the packaging that is in play for MATS includes high-barrier plastic pouches, trays and lidding. The benchmark barrier polymer on the rigid side is ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH), which isn't "retort shocked" as much in MATS versus retorting, Raider explains. Similar to a retort, MATS operates on a carrier tray system, and is currently limited to a container depth up to about 2 inches, though Raider indicates they are working with customers looking at 3 to 3 ½ inch packages. Also factored in the processing equation are the thermal and microwave-dielectric properties of the food that's processed. In summary, that means packages range from "baby food and dessert cups size containers," ofers Raider, "and all the way to a half-size steam-table tray" of about 6 lbs. "Part of the model is the Packaging Solutions Program that centers on best practices around MATS packaging and will have multiple certifed suppliers," Raider says. Tey are starting with Printpack (www. printpack.com) as a certifed supplier. "Tey've been involved with MATS in its initial phases," he adds, "and we are working through others in the next three to six months." Is there MATS branding? "Stock 10.5-oz trays used for testing are molded with a big 915 Labs logo," responds Raider, "but any branding is determined on a per-customer basis." Interestingly, the MATS system can perform sterilization or pasteurization processing, the latter done simply using lower temperature and pressure. The MATS systems are available in three sizes ranging from 50 packages per minute up to a production model MATS- 150 system that can process up to 150 10.5oz food packages per minute. INNOVATIVE & DECORATIVE Label solutions for fast moving consumer goods companies Innovation Options Kit: Request your free copy. Cut & Stack Pressure Sensitive Roll-Fed Shrink Sleeve Today's products need high-impact decoration and innovative print capabilities to stand out in a crowded marketplace. We service brands large and small with cut & stack, pressure sensitive, roll-fed and shrink sleeve labels using a variety of substrates. Together with various inks, coatings and finishes, there are no limits to producing labels that set your brand apart. fortdearborn.com p: 847.357.9500 Scan the code or email: info@fortdearborn.com Innovation Options For all label formats Visit us at: Booth #S-7551 Sep 28-30, 2015 Las Vegas, NV due to the use of microwave energy, metal food packaging is not appropriate for Mats.

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