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KM Packaging launches sustainable lidding film range to meet APCO national targets
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Guide to our sustainable lidding film solutions for Australia
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Mono lidding film makes a singularly strong contribution to recyclability
Mono means "alone", "single", or "one", and mono material alone can make the single...
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Mike scales the heights to lead new sales growth in the US
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Experience and expertise the key as KM continues on success path set by pioneers
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In our latest Wrap-Up … Call for increased plastics industry recognition and more tax. Shoppers seek loose fruit. M&S and others on the paper packaging trail. British crisp packaging first. Euro sights on sustainable goal. High cost of new labelling. World’s largest plastic sorting plant. And more …

For Starters …

Call for increased plastics industry recognition

The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has released its election manifesto, urging the UK government to recognise the vital role of the plastics industry.

The BPF calls for greater recognition of the industry, more packaging for plastic packaging and recycling industries, and long-term support to ensure the UK remains competitive.

Call for increased plastics packaging tax

Resource management company Veolia is calling on the UK government to increase the Plastics Packaging Tax to encourage the use of recycled content in plastic packaging and support the development of domestic recycling infrastructure.

Veolia suggests raising the tax to 35% recycled content and £275 per tonne this year and gradually increasing it to 50% and £500 per tonne by 2030.


EPR deadline and compliancy confirmed

Defra has confirmed that the new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) will come into force on April 1 2027 and that OPRL’s "Recycle" label is already compliant with the rules. The EPR requires all consumer packaging to display recycling instructions for consumers.


  • Royal treatment: M&S is using 100% recyclable paper packaging for its early-season Jersey Royal potatoes, aiming to eliminate around one million plastic pieces from the product line in the first year.
  • Rank change: Aldi has surpassed Asda to become the third largest supermarket in Britain, according to analysis by NIQ. Aldi's market share now stands at 12.2% compared to Asda's 11.7%.
  • Consumers seek loose change: New research conducted by WRAP has revealed that 65% of shoppers in the UK would buy more loose fruit and vegetables if they were available.
  • Flexible switch: Costco in the US is testing a switch from rigid to flexible packaging for its rotisserie chickens. The switch is expected to result in a 75% reduction in plastic use for the chicken products.


  • British first: The British Crisp Co has launched the UK's first fully recyclable paper crisp packet. The packet, developed in partnership with Evopak, uses a non-toxic and marine-safe polymer called Hydropol.
  • Rice paper: Walkers is significantly changing its multi-bags by introducing new paper packaging for its three varieties of Snack a Jacks five-pack rice cakes. This move is expected to reduce the use of plastic by 65 tonnes annually.
  • Sharing progress: Tyrrells has announced that its sharing crisps bags will now contain 25% recycled soft plastics. A green on-pack flash will indicate the use of recycled plastic.
  • Branding throwback: The new food brand from Canadian chef and restaurateur Matty Matheson has taken inspiration from 1930s product packaging. The packaging for the Matheson Food Company uses primary colours and basic forms, reflecting the early commercialisation of food products.
  • Going with the flow: Chocolate brand Cox & Co has developed what it claims is the first-ever paper flow wrap chocolate packaging. The new packaging, which has a minimum shelf life of 12 months, will replace the brand's compostable plastic packaging and is expected to reduce its packaging costs by 35%.


  • Circular progress: Faerch has released its “2023 Sustainability Report”. Highlights include developments in PET recycling and the expansion of its recycling plant in the Netherlands.
  • Sights on Euro goal: Europe is making progress towards its goal of using 25% of its plastics from circular sources by 2030, according to a report by Plastics Europe. The report found that circular plastics currently account for 13.5% of new plastic products manufactured in the region.
  • Pact together: The Canada Plastics Pact has announced the addition of six new partners, bringing the total number to over 100.
  • Reusable pilot: Food delivery service provider Uber Eats, and its partner DeliverZero have expanded their reusable packaging pilot to the US West Coast. The trial allows customers to opt for reusable containers when ordering from participating suppliers.


  • Costly labels: Post-Brexit labelling laws that require “Not for EU” labelling on agri-food products could cost the UK industry millions of pounds, according to a leading dairy firm boss. Also, Dairy UK, the sector’s trade body, estimates that the cost per business of changing labelling alone could be up to £500,000.
  • FDA thumbs-up:  Vienna-based Borealis has received approval from the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) to use specific grades of its Borcycle M mechanically recycled plastics in food-grade packaging.
  • Capital gains: Hilton Food Group, a food packaging company that supplies major supermarkets, is planning further expansion and potential takeover deals after reporting a 64.2% increase in pre-tax profits in 2023.
  • Ed’s the head: The British Plastics Federation's (BPF) Plastics and Flexible Packaging Group has appointed Ed Roberts, Sealed Air's Global Advocacy Leader, as its new chairman.


  • Meeting film demand: Berry Global has increased its recycling capacity across three European facilities. The expansion project aims to meet the growing demand for high-performance films made with recycled content.
  • World’s largest plant: Sweden has launched the “world’s largest” plastic sorting plant. It can sort 200,000 tons of plastic annually and separate 12 different types of plastic. The aim is to increase plastic recycling in Sweden by 100% and recycle up to 95% of the packaging.
  • Benefits of learning: TOMRA Recycling has launched three applications that use deep learning technology to separate food-grade plastics from non-food-grade plastics. The technology combines near-infrared, visual spectrometry, and other sensors with deep learning to create the solution.


  • Planting progress: Scientists in California have developed a plant-based plastic from algae that biodegrades in the environment and does not produce microplastics.
  • Run of the mill: Biotech start-up PlantSea has developed a seaweed-based material that can be recycled through a standard paper mill, making it the first seaweed-based packaging to receive a “recyclable” label from the certification body OPRL.
  • Barking up the right tree: A compostable bark-based material that can be used as a substitute for plastic in packaging has been developed by a start-up called Bpacks. The material can be produced using existing plastic-package manufacturing lines.


  • Mean machine: Proseal will showcase its new XTRs Machine at the Farm Shop and Deli Show. The XTRs Machine, the successor to the GTR, is an all-electric sealing machine capable of sealing 30 packs per minute.
  • Fresh trends: Packaging Automation has highlighted the latest trends in packaging for the fresh produce sector and the role of packaging automation in revolutionising the industry.


Meet Mike – our man of action in the US

Scuba diver, mountaineer, astrophysics enthusiast … and KM's business growth director in North America. We're pleased to introduce you to Mike Aho. Mike's vision is clear … "to provide innovative packaging solutions tailored to the unique requirements of our customers".

Learn more about Mike, his business outlook, and other interests in our profile article.

We’re hiring - Customer Operations Specialist

KM is seeking to expand our team with the recruitment of a Customer Operations Specialist. This is a challenging role involving Customer Service and Business Support. The successful candidate will require the ability to work within a team whilst employing significant levels of personal initiative.

PS: Keeping food fresh

DID YOU KNOW … lidding films play a crucial role in ensuring the freshness of food by providing an airtight seal, guarding against tampering, prolonging the shelf life of products, and enhancing consumer convenience?


From the KM team … protecting, presenting, and preserving your products.

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What should I think about when choosing a lidding film?


Important considerations for choosing a lidding film include the type of tray you are using, the type of product you are packing, whether the product chilled or frozen, what shelf-life is required as well as in-store presentation and how you intend the consumer to use the product. For example, do they need to reheat or open with an easy cold peel? We take time to understand your needs and use our expertise to ensure you get the right lidding film for the application.


Are your lidding films ovenable?


We have a comprehensive range of lidding films, which includes grades suitable for oven and microwave heating. Our lidding films are tested and certified to overall migration (OM) 4 and 7 standards, or FDA as required.


What can affect seal quality?


There are many factors that may affect seal quality including (and not limited to) the sealing machine settings – temperature (oc), dwell time (secs) and head pressure (bar), food contamination on the tray flange and the type of tray and lidding film you are using.  We get to know your process, attending trials where possible, and working with your teams to ensure your products are protected throughout the rigours of distribution from factory to fork.


What kind of seal do I need?


We have brands that cater for different seal types that you may need depending on your application and the way you want the consumer to use the pack. We offer weld seals, hot and cold peels, and multi-peel/resealable options. Weld and peel options are also available within our KFoil range, suitable for coated and uncoated smoothwall aluminium trays. 


Do you sell trays?


We do not sell trays but work closely with our network partners across the globe. We can make recommendations on the type of tray you may need and connect you into the appropriate tray supplier. And if you have a new tray, we have probably seen it before!


I’m based outside the UK, do you export your products and how do you support international customers?


Yes! We’ve been exporting for over thirty years and can take care of all import and customs procedures relating to your delivery. Our commercial team will work with you to find the best approach for your business and our highly experienced customer service team will manage all the export logistics to ensure you get what you need when you need it. Our technical team will support you all the way during the development process as well as supporting your day-to-day production.


What is High Pressure Processing (HPP)?


High Pressure Processing is a cold pasteurisation technique used to protect and preserve food by subjecting sealed products to incredibly high pressure. When the cold water of HPP is applied for just a few minutes the micro-organisms within the food are inactivated. The advantages of HPP include longer shelf-life and lower chance of spoilage as well as the retention of nutrients and natural flavours, without the use of preservatives. Read more about HPP here.

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