JAPAN – On display for the first time at Tokyo Pack 2014 was the Volume Up Tray from Chokoku Plast Corporation, which enhances product presentation of ready-to-cook meals and ready meals on retail shelves, while maintaining product safety features.
The Volume Up Tray features a pair of convex-shaped tray faces that creates a unique tray shape that “makes the food packed in the tray look big in volume”, according to Sakaru Takahashi, President and CEO of Chokoku Plast.
A plastic lidding sheet is sealed on the tray flange, ensuring the inner space is airtight. Due to the structural strength and security of the package, the Volume Up Tray does not require the additional shrink wrap commonly used in similar food trays – reducing plastic material usage.
Depending on the customer’s needs, Modified Atmospheric Packaging (MAP) or the company’s self-venting solution for microwavable packaging (Chokoku Plast’s patented self-vent film technology ‘MicroSteamer’) can be applied.
Customers can also choose to customize the shape of the tray, and apply more unconventional shapes to the tray faces, such as trapezoid, triangle, or a circular arc.