Supermarkt-Tiefkühltruhen bestückt mit Lebensmitteln verpackt in Plastik und Papier


No place for plastic

The move away from plastic and toward paper seems to have arrived in the food industry. A frozen food manufacturer has invented paper packaging and applied for a patent.

What do frozen fish fingers and cement have in common? Both must be packaged in a way that protects them against moisture. So it wasn’t a bad idea for the engineers at frozen food supplier Frosta to take a cement bag as their inspiration when developing their new, eco-friendly packaging. The inside of the bags for the frozen products is made of a highly compressed special paper; the outside a tear-resistant type of paper. There is no plastic coating at all. Starch is used to glue the seams.

Paper bag patent

The developers at Frosta worked on the idea for two years, CEO Felix Ahlers told the newspaper “Die Welt”. A patent application was filed for the fully compostable packaging. In January 2020, the company started selling its frozen meals in paper bags. For consumers, this means an additional cost of about 20 cents per package due to the more complex production process – and hopefully a reduction on their environmental impact: Frosta expects to save 320 metric tons of plastic per year with its new bags.

(Header image: adisa – AdobeStock, in the article: FRoSTA Tiefkühlkost GmbH)

Papiertüte eines Frosta-Produkts
Maschine bei der Herstellung von Frosta-Papierverpackung
Frosta paper roll

Place of invention

FRoSTA Tiefkühlkost GmbH, Mendelssohnstraße 15 d, 22761 Hamburg