Canadian Packaging

Curwood's Liquiflex Advance wins FPA award

New packaging from Curwood generates 96 per cent less waste than metal cans and up to 30 per cent less waste than other bulk foodservice packaging films.


March 25, 2011
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Oshkosh, WI – Curwood recently announced that its Liquiflex Advance film—the ultra-tough, sustainable new option for packaging pumpable bulk foodservice products—won gold in the 2011 FPA Achievement Awards Competition.

Used to make bulk pouches for liquids and semi-liquids such as soups, sauces, condiments and meat slurry, the award-winning new film replaces metal foodservice cans or traditional bulk liquid films, generating 96 per cent less waste than cans and up to 30 per cent less waste than conventional films.

Featuring a proprietary 13-layer film construction, the new Liquiflex Advance film technology includes redundant nylon and EVOH (Ethylene Vinyl Alcohol) layers for unprecedented strength, abuse resistance and barrier.

The unique construction provides a strengthening effect that allows pouches to be down-gauged up to 30 per cent compared to traditional bulk liquid films without compromising structural integrity. The benefits add up throughout the supply chain, with better space utilization in transit and storage; less product waste thanks to greater roll footage and fewer changeovers; and 30 per cent less landfill waste.

“We’re honored that Liquiflex Advance film was recognized with an FPA Gold Award,” says Jon Pietsch, Curwood’s market manager for Liquid Flexibles. “The film is a big leap forward for the bulk foodservice packaging industry, and it is part of a total film and equipment solution that raises the bar for performance, efficiency and ease of use.”

Liquiflex Advance film is optimized to run on Curwood’s Liquiflex AV Series bulk liquid VFFS (vertical, form, fill and seal) equipment as well as all industry-standard lap seal bulk packaging equipment.

Designed for products from one to 15 liters, Liquiflex Advance film is engineered to protect the taste and quality of refrigerated, frozen or shelf-stable foods. Filled pouches are field-tested to resist tearing, shearing and puncture, staying hermetically sealed until opened for use. The film goes from freezer to re-thermalization in boiling water for easy food storage, prep and serving.

Optional features include easy dispensing with specially engineered fitment options and high-impact printing to convey cooking instructions or showcase marketing messages right on the package.

On the production line, Liquiflex Advance film delivers outstanding machinability and sealability for superior productivity. The film stays crystal clear, stiff and strong in applications up to 212ºF. Its unmatched thermal stability allows for improved weight control and less product giveaway on hot-fill applications.

About Curwood

Known throughout the world for technological leadership in high-barrier packaging, Curwood is a preferred supplier of innovative packaging materials and systems for food, beverage, household, industrial and personal care industries. Curwood maintains strategic manufacturing and service centers throughout North America, South America and Europe, and is well-positioned to meet global distribution and marketing needs. Headquartered in Oshkosh, WI, Curwood is part of the Bemis family of companies.

For more information on Curwood’s complete offering of packaging for liquids, call Curwood customer service at 800-544-4672, e-mail at Liquiflex@Bemis.com or visit www.CurwoodLiquiflex.com.