Following the megatrend of urbanisation, busy lifestyles and the consequent on-the-go eating, Metsä Board launched the food service board Carta Dedica in 2014.
“Now, a year later, we have altogether four different enhanced grades of Carta Dedica. Two of the grades are uncoated and two coated,” says the product manager Minna Kantsila.
With the four grades, Carta Dedica can be used in many food service packaging from cups for hot and cold drinks, bowls and trays to plates, folded trays, and takeaway.
“The popularity of easy eating is highly interlinked with food service packaging. If you have a barbecue, it’s convenient to eat the steak from a sturdy paper plate which is easily disposable after the soirée. A plate made of paperboard can be recycled after use.”
The success of food and drink on-the-move goes hand-in-hand with effective packaging – for protection, food safety, insulation, branding, and ease of use in eating or drinking.
“All these areas are a must when talking about successful packaging. Our paperboard provides a lightweight and sustainable solution for brand owners and converters looking for a responsible packaging material for their fast food products. Our boards are made of fresh fibres which are a renewable raw material.”
From the new machine
For the two years Metsä Board has been manufacturing Carta Dedica, it has been produced at the Tako mill. Now, with the new folding boxboard machine at the Husum mill ready, the production of Carta Dedica will be transferred there.
In addition to the new folding boxboard machine, Metsä Board is also investing in an extrusion coating line at the mill. A substantial amount of food and food service packaging requires barrier properties against, for example, moisture and grease, and they can be produced with extrusion coating.
“Extrusion-coated paperboard competes on many occasions with plastics. Transferring to paperboard offers food service companies an opportunity to improve their sustainability.”
Before Metsä Board’s own extrusion coating line starts in early 2017, Metsä Board’s paperboards are coated by external converters.
Versatility and formability
All Carta Dedica grades can be used as they come, or with an extrusion or dispersion coating for additional barrier properties.
“We have both uncoated options for a natural look and coated options for superior print reproduction,” says Kantsila.
What’s in common with the whole Carta Dedica product family is that the grades are suitable for food contact as well, as they are free of optical brighteners (OBA free). They also have neutral sensory properties.
“They are also hard-sized to prevent edge penetration by moisture. Their excellent consistency and formability enable smooth printing and converting and their pure shade indicates cleanliness. Carta Dedica is very versatile paperboard,” enthuses Kantsila.