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Cost effective flexible food packaging

The global market for flexible packaging is forecast to grow at an annual average rate of 3.4% over the next five years, and is expected to reach $248 billion (€217 billion) by 20201. In order to meet growing demand, in November 2015 DSM announced that it would be expanding production capacity for Akulon® XS at its facility in Emmen, the Netherlands.

A cost-effective new polyamide specifically developed for the blown films used in flexible food packaging, Akulon XS solves the high crystallization speed common to conventional PA6 polyamide. Its key benefits include mechanical strength, puncture resistance and excellent barrier performance, which ensures food stays fresh for longer and doesn’t go to waste. Akulon XS also enables downgauging, the creation of thinner films that further reduce weight, cost and waste.

Pack-Age moisture-permeable cheese ripening membrane

Reducing waste, cost and environmental impact

In a report published in November 2015 DSM quantified the advantages of using its cheese ripening solution, Pack-Age®, over naturally ripened and coated Gouda and Parmesan cheese.

Using Pack-Age across the cheese industry would prevent the loss of around 200,000 tons of Gouda and Parmesan cheese per year, caused in the main due by spoilage and removal of dry rind and coating. In fact, an increased yield of 121,000 tons can be achieved by using Pack-Age. Both factors contribute to the reducing the amount of milk needed by 3.55 billion liters per year.

Pack-Age is a moisture-permeable cheese ripening membrane that enables hard to semi-hard cheeses to mature naturally, without the risk of spoilage by mold. As no coating is used in the process, Pack-Age eliminates the formation of strong dry rind.

1 Smithers Pira Sept 2015