Fiber tray makes gourmet eco-cooking a snap

Posted: April 17, 2014 by
Linda Casey

Who says convenience packaging for foods can’t be eco-conscious? To-Jo Mushrooms (Avondale, PA) certainly doesn’t think so. The produce packer recently launched Mushroom Sauté in Ovenware II molded fiber trays from Huhtamaki.

Mushroom Sauté is a 7-oz. heat-and-serve product that contains washed, fresh mushroom slices, Grade A butter, and all-natural seasonings. The Ovenware II tray is made from 95% recycled post-industrial fibers with a PET lamination. Because it can go into the microwave or oven straight from the refrigerator or freezer, the tray makes preparing the side dish easy.

The tray’s engineered not to warp or sag throughout the cooking process. Its cool-to-the-touch feature also makes the tray easy to handle after it comes out of the oven. The PET lamination makes the tray rigid and impermeable to moisture, and a film barrier reduces the potential of pathogen growth as moisture migration into the package is prevented. Because the trays contain no metal, To-Jo can metal-detect products after packaging for further consumer safety.