UPM Specialty Papers introduces heat sealable and recyclable UPM Confidio and UPM Confidio Pro barrier papers designed for dry and frozen foods

Press Release 14.9.2022 10:00 EEST

UPM Specialty Papers presents the latest innovative additions to its extensive selection of sustainable and recyclable packaging papers. UPM Confidio™ and UPM Confidio™ Pro combine moisture-, and grease resistance with excellent heat sealing properties. This makes the materials stand out in the market and offers a concrete competitive edge.

In building a future beyond fossils, UPM Specialty Papers provides the packaging industry with innovative and renewable solutions from sustainably managed forests. Known for its high expertise in technically demanding papers and cutting-edge solutions, UPM Specialty Papers adds heat sealable products to UPM’s wide packaging product portfolio. This ground-breaking feature allows for a streamlined conversion process and an accelerated time-to-market. Made from renewable fibres, UPM Confidio and UPM Confidio Pro are repulpable and designed to be recycled in regular fibre recycling streams.

In addition, UPM Confidio Pro offers superior print results through all printing methods, resulting in a saturated outcome with sharper and more vivid colours. The combination of heat sealability, moisture resistance, grease resistance, and a mineral oil barrier makes it an optimal choice for a wide range of end-uses.

“Our goal is to replace conventional fossil-based packaging and increase the share of renewable packaging solutions. With features supporting both primary and secondary packaging, UPM Confidio and UPM Confidio Pro are recyclable, cost-effective and safe to use. The products offer excellent convertability and enable a visual look which makes brands stand out on the shelf. By combining all these elements, the UPM Confidio line of exciting packaging products are almost too good to be true,” says Tommi Heinonen, Head of Sales EMEA, UPM Specialty Papers.

UPM Confidio and UPM Confidio Pro are suitable as both primary and secondary packaging for dry, greasy, and frozen food products. They are FDA and BfR compliant and safe for direct food contact.

UPM Specialty Papers continues to invest in Research and Development

The packaging industry is experiencing an unprecedented change. Greener, easily consumed goods, and easily recyclable packaging is what consumers desire and what regulations require. This impacts the entire packaging value network. UPM Confidio and UPM Confidio Pro have been developed strongly based on feedback from UPM Specialty Papers’ partners.

“Heat sealability was a top priority for our stakeholders and our goal was to provide them with high-quality, recyclable solutions. Developing our R&D functions even further and creating these cutting-edge packaging products has been a significant investment for us. A novel packaging process and improved analytical capabilities at the UPM Research Center enable us to test product features, create samples, and complete prototype phases,” says Janne Varvemaa, Director, Products and Technology, UPM Specialty Papers.

During the product development process, UPM Specialty Papers has expanded its co-operation with external partners such as the leading Finnish food and bakery company Fazer.

“At Fazer, we take great care to craft high-quality food with sustainability in mind. That’s why we expect the same quality from packaging material. We have thoroughly tested UPM Confidio and made it work well after some line trials with machine changes and adjustments. We have been impressed with how well it protects, maintaining the food product high-quality until it’s best before date. It is high-quality and easy to use in packaging processes but accomplishes all of this with less fossil-based materials. Reducing fossil-based material waste is important to both the Fazer team and to so many consumers. We can’t wait to see UPM Confidio packaged Fazer Oat rice pie products on store shelves soon”, describes Piia Soininen-Tengvall, Director, Packaging Development at Fazer Group.

With the addition of UPM Confidio and UPM Confidio Pro, UPM Specialty Papers looks forward to expanding its market reach to new markets and end-uses. UPM Specialty Papers helps companies reach their sustainability goals and match regulatory demands through ground-breaking packaging products. UPM is among the 1% of over 90,000 companies assessed across over 160 countries to receive the EcoVadis Platinum score, the highest level of sustainability recognition provided by EcoVadis.

For further information please contact:

Maarit Relander, Senior Manager, Stakeholder Relations, UPM Specialty Papers, +358 204 15 0223

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