Bemis and DuPont Advanced Materials Can Reduce Food Waste


In a world where many cost-conscious consumers buy food in bulk, the ability to confidently re-close the package to keep food fresh is critical to prevent food waste.  A new packaging solution from Bemis Co. using DuPont materials is one recent, award-winning packaging solution that can contribute to reducing some of the 1.3 million tons of food that is lost or wasted around the world annually.

Bemis Co. recently developed a new BelGioioso Mild Provolone packaging solution using DuPont™ Selar® PA and DuPont® Bynel® in a resealable package.  The package is made up of two individually sealed compartments. This transformational package provides consumer convenience by allowing the user to easily peel and reseal the package 20 times or more with fingertip pressure. What’s more, the package is perforated which allows the consumer to easily separate the two compartments without using a knife or scissors.

Bemis’ SmartTack™ EZ Peel® Reseal™ technology allows the individual cheese compartments to be sealed separately, preserving the freshness of the unused portion until opening and reducing food waste – all while creating differentiation at the club store level for BelGioioso Cheese.

“High-performance materials add value to packaging in many ways, but especially in protecting food and keeping food fresher and more appealing longer,” said Yasmin Siddiqi, global packaging relationship manager, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers.  “As the packaging industry converges on this global issue, more and more solutions like this resealable system will be required.”

DuPont™ Selar® PA was selected for improved formability and puncture resistance and Bynel® was selected for its performance as a “tie layer” to help bond dissimilar materials.
Bemis won a Silver Award in the 2015 DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation last week, demonstrating excellence in the Enhanced User Experience criteria.

Judges for the 27th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation said this entry delivers on its promise to provide convenience, value and freshness. “BelGioioso Club Store package with Bemis SmartTack™ EZ Peel® Reseal™ technology is a real breakthrough in terms of packaging science and innovation,” said Jane Skelton, head of Print and Packaging, Sainsbury, U.K., speaking as a representative of the 2015 DuPont Awards judging panel. “These club-sized, dual packages can be easily separated for storage and use. And, due to the resealable technology, the cheese stays fresh after multiple openings, avoiding food waste.”

DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers manufactures an extensive mix of adhesive, peelable lidding and sealant resins and provides a globally networked development team to work with customers on packaging programs that help protect the product, the environment, improve shelf appeal, convenience and reduce cost in the food, cosmetics, medical products and other consumer goods and industrial packaging industries.

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