Huhtamaki Consumer Goods in Portadown, U.K., has developed a new single-serve barrier container for soup that features a novel heat-insulating design and meets shelf-life requirements of up to 20 months.

Huhtamaki Consumer Goods in Portadown, U.K., has developed a new single-serve barrier container for soup that features a novel heat-insulating design and meets shelf-life requirements of up to 20 months. The microwave-only cup, commercialized in Europe, is thermoformed from six-layer polypropylene/EVOH sheet into 324-cc and 385-cc sizes. The cup is set for launch in Norway and with another customer in the U.K. Huhtamaki has also launched barrier packaging for cat food in the U.K. The soup cup has built-in thermal insulation to allow it to be held when hot. This is accomplished by means of a shrink-sleeve label over ribs in the cup that create air pockets. The ribs are also needed because the soup is pressure-cooked in the cup, which must withstand up to 253 F and 33.4 psi. Made on an Illig thermoformer, the six-layer cup contains ShelfPlus oxygen scavenger from Ciba Specialty Chemicals, Tarrytown, N.Y. The 89-mm-diam. cup is heat sealed with a 40-micron, five- or six-layer PP/PET barrier film produced by Huhtamaki in Germany. Huhtamaki: (937) 987-3020/www.us.huhtamaki.com . Ciba: (800) 431-2360/PTDirect: 983HK

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