Milacron Co-injection has developed the Klear Can which is anew option for food packaging.
Milacron’s multi-layer, clear PP plastic cans for food packaging have come another step closer to market readiness after passing food safety tests.
The ‘Klear Can’ multi-layer plastic cans provide an alternative to metal cans by providing more than two years shelf life and the ability to brand owners to show quality of product to consumers.
Before a new food or beverage container can be used commercially, the container has to pass a universally accepted series of testing for potential leakage of the double seam or the container structure. The normal test is a Biotest, which is a comparative method of examining leakage rates of a container or its seals
After conducting rigorous Biotests on the functionality of the Klear Can’s easy open double seamed lid process, it has been concluded that the container is “suitably and safely sealed.”
Milacron says this “speaks volumes” to the Klear Can’s innovativeness, as this process is conducted on a standard metal can seaming line with the only change being rollers on a standard seaming chuck.
Klear Can field testing continues in Belgium, where they have been filled with vegetables in an isolated environment and are ready for market trials. Consumer sampling tests have also been conducted with Klear Cans being filled with fruit and were presented within market surveys and to focus groups. To date consumers are giving the “thumbs-up” to Klear Can’s appeal and attractiveness, says Milacron.
“We are extremely pleased with the progress of our Klear Can product. It continues to make impressive strides towards market readiness with major end users now getting involved in marketing tests,” said Milacron Vice President and General Manager Co-injection Systems, Steve Morris stated.