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Metsä introduces eco-barrier paperboard for food service applications

Fresh fiber paperboards producer Metsä Board has introduced a new eco-barrier paperboard for food service applications.

MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1 is a bio-based, recyclable and biodegradable paperboard developed for use with foods that need grease resistance up to KIT level 5.

The barrier properties of the paperboard can be enhanced by adding varnishing layers at the converter.

The company is offering the new lightweight paperboard in basis weights of 195–290 g/m2 with hard-sized layers.

Designed to print on both sides, the new paperboard can be used for offset and flexo printing applications.

Metsä Board CEO Mika Joukio said: “Consumption of takeaway food keeps on increasing. This makes recyclability and biodegradability of food service boards even more important. We are very excited about this new eco-barrier paperboard as we see real sustainability and efficiency benefits for our customers.”

OffsetKolmio Oy is utilizing the new special barrier treated paperboard for a baguette pack used by Huovisen Leipomo, a Finnish artisan bakery.

OffsetKolmio Oy managing director Kimmo Jokinen said: “We were able to reduce the print cost without compromising on the quality or barrier properties of the board. Print machine time for barrier treatment was reduced by 50%, and 65% less varnish was needed thanks to the special barrier treatment of MetsäBoard Pro FSB EB1.”

Separately, Metsä Board announced that it will exhibit its SkinCare 2.0 cosmetic gift box design at the Packaging of Perfume Cosmetics and Design (PCD) event in France.

At the event, the company will also exhibit its premium fresh fibre paperboards and latest advancements in its packaging design innovations under the PackageLab concept.

Image: Metsä Board’s new bio-based, recyclable and biodegradable paperboard. Photo: courtesy of Metsä Board.