In an initiative aimed at improving food presentation and environmental performance, fast food giant KFC has partnered with International Paper Foodservice Europe to develop a paper board food bucket with a difference.
Polyethylene is often used in paper board food buckets either internally to prevent the grease from the food soaking through the container or externally to improve print finish.
But a new version of the KFC bucket, which is developed by International Paper at its factory in Winsford, Cheshire, uses a grease-resistant lining instead of a traditional polyethylene (PE) lining, which prevents the build-up of grease to improve food presentation and also removes plastic from the construction of the product.
The firm also carried out work on the outside of the container to give it extra visual impact. KFC UK and Ireland wanted a glossy finish, but that needed to be achieved without the addition of a plastic coating.
Building on its earlier investment in print quality at its factory, the company was able to develop a clay-coated finish that brings extra vibrancy to the print.
Julie Buffandeau, supply chain manager, product excellence department at KFC UK and Ireland, said: “International Paper Foodservice Europe was very receptive to our requests. The R&D team at Winsford took the brief and proved their ability to innovate, working closely with us to deliver a product that met our specifications and is truly unique in the market.”
The new food bucket will be available in two sizes – 85oz and 130oz. As with all paper board products manufactured by International Paper Foodservice Europe, the food buckets are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and will be stamped with the SFI logo, providing assurance that the fibre used is sourced from responsible and legal sources.