Bakkavor Meals Sutton Bridge has recently relaunched its Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One range in perforated two-compartment trays supplied by Faerch Plast.
UK-based Bakkavor is has a workforce of more than 18,000 globally. It produces more than 5000 products of fresh prepared foods in 18 different categories.
Bakkavor and Faerch Plast have partnered to develop a black CPET two compartment tray with easy-snap process for Tesco’s Indian Kitchen Meal for One range.
Faerch Plast said production of the trays was possible due to integral waved perforation within the pack design to ensure a consistent and clean snap.
Tesco Indian Ready Meals has seven meals within the range that include chicken tikka, chicken jalfrezi, chicken korma, lamb rogan josh, prawn tikka masala, butter chicken and chicken vindaloo. All are accompanied by pilau rice.
Faerch Plast will also supply new four-compartment CPET tray to Bakkavor Meals Sutton Bridge for another range of Tesco Indian ready meals that include a main dish, pilau rice, Bombay potato and onion bhaji.
The UK-based food company also stated that Faerch Plast’s team was helpful in developing a packaging format that met with the terms of functionality and convenience.
The trays developed by Faerch Plast are claimed to offer dual-ovenability, with a temperature tolerance, ranging between –40°C to +220°C, for freezer-to-oven or microwave convenience.
CPET is claimed to eliminate negative effects on food flavour and aroma, giving consumers well-protected, more versatile and better tasting meals.
Bakkavor Meals Sutton Bridge senior process technologist Nikitta Halifax said: “Until recently, we used a standard compartmented CPET tray from Faerch Plast for the Tesco Indian Meal for One range.
“As part of our focus on continuous improvement, we asked Faerch Plast to develop a perforated two-compartment tray that could be easily snapped apart, allowing the consumer to microwave the main dish and rice separately resulting in better product quality.
“Faerch Plast’s proven technical expertise and unrivalled range of plastic packaging solutions were invaluable for this project. After several samples and trials, they designed a robust pack that was easy for the consumer to snap yet remained intact during transit and throughout our highly automated production process, including de-nesting, filling, sealing and sleeving functions.”
Image: Faerch Plast supplies trays for Bakkavor Tesco Indian Ready Meals. Photo: Courtesy of Færch Plast A/S.