Mondi designs new paper-based secondary packaging for chilled surimi sticks

Mondi has greatly reduced the amount of plastic being used in surimi stick packaging by supporting Angulas Aguinaga’s switch to a recyclable paper-based solution.

The surimi sticks were previously packed in a multi-material plastic. By collaborating closely with the global sustainable packaging and paper manufacturer, Angulas Aguinaga and its Krissia brand is now transitioning to a secondary packaging using Mondi’s FunctionalBarrier Paper.

Mondi’s involvement means protecting the chilled product significantly reduces plastic and eliminates up to 20 tonnes of plastic every year.

Mondi’s FunctionalBarrier Paper is made from renewable and certified resources, responsibly sourced and delivers a range of benefits: the strong and tear-resistant kraft base paper is fully converted in-house by Mondi to ensure customised barrier protection of the food and sealability of the packaging. The final packaging is recyclable in Spain’s existing paper recycling streams.

Jordi Gorchs, regional manager France & Southern Europe, consumer flexibles, Mondi, said by working closely with the Krissia team and looking into the entire journey of the product, it has been able to ensure the surimi sticks are packed in recyclable packaging that supports a circular economy.

“We took the time to focus on the needs of the product first before optimising our FunctionalBarrier Paper to provide a responsible, recyclable replacement to the previous plastic alternative,” Gorchs added.

Mikel Grande, Angulas Aguinaga marketing and innovation manager, said the Spanish processor is committed to creating solutions in the food industry that solve real consumer needs.

“In this context, switching our product packaging to materials that come from renewable resources is a must: it is our responsibility to offer solutions to our consumers, whose preferences have shifted towards paper-based packaging,” Grande noted. “This new solution significantly replaces unnecessary plastic while assuring the quality of our Krissia surimi sticks. We are very proud to be the first brand commercialising this type of paper-based packaging for chilled fish.”

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