Milacron partners with Del Monte for roll out of first Klear cans in Asia


US machinery firm Milacron Holdings Corp is partnering with S&W Fine Foods International, a Del Monte Pacific Ltd company, to premier its Klear Can as packaging for pineapple chunks and slices in Asia. As its name implies, the clear plastic cans are now on store shelves in Seoul, South Korea and Shanghai, China.

In what it says was extremely successful qualitative testing with consumers in Asia conducted by Nielsen Market 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. Recently, thousands of cans were moulded, filled, seamed, retorted and shipped to grocers; the first markets to receive the Klear Can products are in Asia with plans to expand over the coming year.

Milacron Co-injection developed the Klear Can, which is a disruptive invention in food packaging and an alternative to metal cans for fruits, vegetables, soups, meats, and other products.

Milacron says its Klear Can is the first truly transformational innovation in the canned food preservation industry’s nearly 200-year history, with crystal clear transparency allowing brands to demonstrate the quality of their products to consumers – starting at the critical moment in store where most consumers make their purchase decisions.

It also says that 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 moulded can with its repeatable and proven process using materials that are available globally. And finally, the Milacron Klear Can provides retailers with an attractive final product that is easily promoted, easily displayed, stacked and merchandised.

The Klear Can’s clarity is said to be “far superior to the competition’s extruded three-piece clear plastic can”, says Milacron. It adds that the extruded can offered by the competition suffers from die mould streaking, affecting clarity. Klear Can is also IML (In Mould 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 competition’s can is unable to claim. Klear Can allows manufacturers the flexibility to mould cans at the filling site (i.e., via ‘through-the-wall’ supply operations), which offers operational efficiencies.

Klear Can is a patented co-injection moulded, polypropylene EVOH plastic can, and is BPA-free for safe food contact, recyclable, plus 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, ideal for those who process foods in metal cans today.

In addition, while Klear Can is lightweight, it is also stackable and dent-resistant through all aspects of the manufacturing and transportation process.


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