Madawaska, ME (June 10, 2020) – As market demand for fluorochemical-free, oil and grease resistant (OGR) food packaging substrates increases, Twin Rivers Paper Company advanced the category with the reformulation of its
EcoBarrier product line. This high-barrier, next-generation paper delivers performance and choice to converters and brand owners for demanding fast food, quick-serve, and fast-casual food applications.
“Eight years ago, EcoBarrier was one of the first commercialized non-fluorinated papers. Our time in the market gives us a unique understanding of evolving packaging needs and the foresight to know that FC-free papers would quickly become the standard,” said Rachel Van Wychen, Director of Packaging. “Our development team worked closely with some of the largest and most well-known fast-food brands in the country to re-engineer this high-value substrate, leveraging our barrier expertise and state-of-the-art papermaking technology.”
Enhanced EcoBarrier delivers market-leading grease resistance and printability, critical characteristics for food packaging applications including burger wraps, basket liners, French fry and hashbrown pouches, cookie bags, and microwave food bags.
Product Development Engineer, Danielle Thibodeau stated, “We’ve been working hard on the EcoBarrier reformulation; testing and refining the paper’s engineering until we were satisfied it delivers best-in-class quality and performance in the critical areas of barrier protection, printability, and convertibility.”
EcoBarrier is fluorochemical-free, meets FDA requirements for direct food contact, and provides hallmark converting performance, including gluing, folding, and laminating. This grease-resistant paper is available in a basis weight range of 18 – 30 lb. /29 – 49 gsm (24 x 36/500). Additionally, it is 100% recyclable, biodegradable, and plastic-free, making it a sustainable substrate choice for food packagers.
Van Wychen added, “This is a winning product that leverages our flexible assets, development experience, and technical packaging expertise to give customers options in packaging substrates.”
Ecobarrier is a part of the Acadia line, a portfolio of highly-functional coated and uncoated packaging papers designed for applications that require oil and grease resistance, wet-strength, FDA compliance, printability, strength properties, fiber certification, and recycled content.