US-based Milacron Holdings Corp., a leading industrial technology company serving the plastics processing industry, has revolutionised the canned food industry in partnership with S&W Fine Foods International, a Del Monte Pacific Ltd company.
In October, S&W, a brand synonymous with premium foods, hit shelves in Asia with their pineapple chunks and slices packaged in the Milacron Klear Can. The Klear Cans are now on store shelves in Seoul, South Korea and in Shanghai, China.
After extremely successful qualitative testing with consumers in Asia conducted by Nielsen Research, S&W Fine Foods International chose the Milacron Klear Can for their products to highlight their products’ quality and freshness in a way that consumers can see through the packaging. S&W Fine Foods International is the first company in the world to offer tropical fruit in a clear plastic can with thousands of cans already shipped to grocers in Asia.
Milacron Co-injection developed the Klear Can, which is a disruptive invention in food packaging. The Klear Can is an ideal alternative to metal cans for fruits, vegetables, soups, meats, and other products. In fact, the Klear Can is the first truly transformational innovation in the canned food preservation industry’s nearly 200-year history.
The Klear Can’s unique crystal clear transparency allows manufacturers to demonstrate the true quality of their products to consumers – starting at the critical moment in store where most consumers make their purchase decisions.
The Klear Can offers brand owners the ability to stand out versus competitive products found in metal cans. Co-packers are able to easily integrate the one piece body into existing production streams and require minimal customisation or tooling additions. Converters are able to take advantage of the co-injection molded can with its repeatable and proven process using materials that are available globally.
Compared to traditional tin cans, the Klear Can is also lighter and more dent-resistant.
The Klear Can’s clarity is also far superior to the extruded 3 piece “clear” plastic can. The extruded can offered by its competitors suffer from die mold streaking, greatly affecting clarity. The Milacron Klear Can is also IML (In Mold Label) compatible, using the same industry standard can ends, filling, seaming and retorting machinery as metal cans. As such, minimal downstream investment is required and the final product is stackable, all things the competitors’ can is unable to claim. Klear Can allows manufacturers the flexibility to mold cans at the filling site which offers operational efficiencies.
Milacron CEO, Tom Goeke said, “After years of development and strong positive consumer results, we are excited to have S&W Fine Foods International on-board as a partner to launch the Milacron Klear Can in key global markets. We are also thrilled about the prospect of transforming the metal can industry.”
The Milacron Klear Can is a patented co-injection molded, polypropylene EVOH plastic can, which can be cooked and seamed meeting all industry standards. The Klear Can is BPA-free for safe food contact, recyclable, and is fully microwavable. It is designed to withstand standard retort pressures and temperatures (up to 130° C). Klear Can uses a single standard metal can end, and uses the industry standard can end double-seam process; perfect for those who process foods in metal cans today.
The Milacron Klear Can is now available to food companies in Asia dedicated to delivering new value-added product experiences to consumers.