Grimsby seafood firm helps bring a first to the freezer

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 28 Jul 2017

NORTHCOAST Seafoods, in collaboration with advanced packaging specialist Parkside, has developed a reclosable pack for frozen products. 

It is seen as a first-to-market solution by the Grimsby business, as it pushes ahead with award-winning brand Fishmonger’s Favourite. 

The pack has been developed with the West Yorkshire business using an in-house specially developed adhesive that allows the all-important re-close function in both ambient and freezer conditions.

The packs are initially being developed for frozen prawns and will soon be available across a range of Northcoast products, which are available through UK retailers.

Chloe Darwood, sales and procurement executive at Europarc-based Northcoast, said: “We were originally looking for a re-close pouch, but after hearing about Parkside’s reclose options, we were sold. 

“We have been suitably impressed with Parkside’s solutions and the company’s expertise. The team worked closely with our co-packer to ensure the new pack ran down existing packing lines, avoiding any extra costs in additional machines. At Northcoast Seafoods, we are excited to have developed the first reclosable pack developed for the freezer.”

The team in Normanton use laser scribe technology, and created the pack using a PET / PET laminate, which seals to APET and RPET trays. 

Paul Lenihan, business development manager at Parkside, said: “The growing urbanisation and fast-paced lifestyle of consumers in the UK means less time is available for cooking a traditional home cooked meal and an increase in convenience foods including frozen products.

“Frozen foods can be stored for longer periods and can be prepared easily. Our new pack provides consumers with a re-close feature allowing them to easily open the packaging time and time again, with no compromise on the function of the pack.”

He added that within the frozen food market segment, the continuous innovation and development of packaging continues to attract new customers.

“We are seeing further development of new features for existing products, such as hanging holes and single serve options. Parkside is focused on continuously developing strong market insight, with the consumer front of mind, to deliver innovative and relevant solutions to our customers.”

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