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Rapid Action Packaging (RAP), a leading UK designer and manufacturer of sandwich and food-to-go packaging, will be showcasing its award-winning range of products at this year’s Packaging Innovations 2019 event (27 / 28 February).

This, it says, is part of its ongoing, and “unequivocal campaign” to remove avoidable plastics from its range and advise clients of the most environmentally responsible solutions going forward.

The event is designed for packaging buyers and specifiers to learn more about the latest trends in packaging, and this year has a focus on innovation and the “plastics debate”. This affords the perfect platform to help promote the sustainability message.

Graham Williams, RAP CEO, said: “We take sustainability very seriously. We have dedicated people in our organisation that focus solely on this, and it’s helping to shape our strategy of removing avoidable plastics from our supply chain and to divert it away from landfill and of course, our oceans.”

RAP’s products on display include FibreRap, HandRap, Hoot Food to Go, the MA Tray, Softpack BagRap and its groundbreaking Precious Planet range – which will feature in the event’s “Innovation Gallery”.

Precious Planet is produced entirely from agricultural waste, is 100% compostable and produced from leaves and stems left behind from harvest. Williams adds that it is of “significant importance”.

The board used can be recycled up to seven times, which offers a true, closed loop solution and is certified by both the Forestry Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement for Forestry Certification standards.

Julian Money, Founder of RAP, adds: “We exist at a critical time for packaging and it’s up to designers and manufacturers to not only innovate to ensure the conscious consumer has a widely recyclable product, but that we look one step ahead to ensure our planet isn’t bearing the brunt of compromise.

“Removing avoidable plastics isn’t just a throwaway phrase for us, it’s become the foundation of everything we do.”

For further information about RAP and its award-winning range of products and services, please visit www.rapuk.com.

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Rapid Action Packaging (RAP) has appointed leading retail packaging expert, Dr Mark Caul, as its head of technical.

A chartered engineer, materials science engineer, chartered environmentalist, fellow of the Institute of Materials and board member of the Packaging Society, Mark will take up his position in March 2019.

With a career that started with British Nuclear Fuels, Mark has spent the past ten years at the forefront of packaging sustainability strategy within the food industry. Firstly with Marks And Spencer, where he was instrumental in delivering its “Plan A” packaging strategy, while also driving a step change in the company’s long-term innovation performance.

And, latterly with Tesco, where he oversaw and progressed the technical aspects of the retailer’s own brand packaging, as packaging sustainability manager, and “producer responsibilities” of the branded suppliers.

In addition, Mark has been a retailer representative on the recent Government strategy and policy development initiatives, for areas including the deposit return scheme and extended producer responsibilities.

Graham Williams, CEO for RAP, said: “Mark will not only bring his immense experience to supporting the day to day technical challenges of our intricate supply chain, but crucially will help us move forward with our “Removing Avoidable Plastics” strategy.

“This will be instrumental in helping our customers make a sustainable journey to reduce plastic in the many products they supply the industry. We are delighted to make this great signing.”

Mark Caul, said: “This is a new and exciting challenge for me, I am looking forward to bringing my experience and knowledge to RAP, a company that I have long admired for its innovative and progressive spirit. RAP has many of the values that are important to me and I am looking forward to adding to its already impressive success story.”

For further information about RAP’s and its award-winning range of products and services, please visit www.rapuk.com.

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One of RAP’s latest innovative packaging products AgriRap – a plastic-free sandwich wedge – has received the Best New Concept Award at this year’s UK Packaging Awards.

The award ceremony was organised by Packaging News and took place on Tuesday 30th October, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

The judges of the category said that AgriRap set itself apart because “it addressed the issue of using materials from waste sources as well as providing a design which goes a long way to addressing the current issues around FOTM littering”.

To read more from Packaging News, click here.

AgriRap was launched earlier this year as part of RAP’s “Removing Avoidable Plastics” campaign which is a direct response to the global plastic pollution crisis.

The sandwich wedge is fully biobased and compostable, and can biodegrade within three to six months in industrial composting facilities.

Graham Williams, CEO, said: “We’re delighted that one of our first newly developed plastic-free products has been recognised by the prestigious UK Packaging Awards.

“The AgriRap provides an environmental saving of 47% when compared to FSC paper-based products on wood fibres, and 29% when compared to recycled paper – which is a fantastic change in the packaging industry.

“We’d like to say congratulations to the other companies that entered, and thank you to the team at the UK Packaging Awards for their continued support.”

Julian Money, founder, added: “It’s fantastic that our efforts to combat the global plastic pollution crisis are being recognised, and awarded.

“I’d like to congratulate the whole team at RAP, and the design team that has made our vision of removing avoidable plastics a reality.

“And, I look forward to many future successes as we continue to make positive changes within the packaging industry.”

For more information about the AgriRap and RAP’s packaging range made entirely from plant waste, click here.

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RAP has won a European Carton Excellence Award in the ‘Innovative Material’ category for its RapTray.

The awards, set up over 20 years ago, showcased the most innovative carton board products both in terms of sustainability and branding opportunities.

The use of Modified Atmosphere (MA) technology in RAP’s RapTray gained the plaudits, with judges commenting on its “lightweight” material, its ability to “hold ready meals totally hygienically” and offer of “carton material that means replacing plastic food containers.”

The MA RapTray is the world’s first modified atmosphere carton tray and is able to seal in freshness and extend product shelf life for up to 28 days.

Furthermore, it is 20% lighter than plastic versions and reduces oil-based plastics by up to 85%.

Graham Williams, chief executive of RAP, said: “As Europe’s most prestigious awards for cartonboard packaging, the European Carton Excellence Awards represent RAP’s ambition to make a positive impact on the packaging of the future.

“This is recognition of our technologists’ work, and our unwavering goal to lead on sustainability and to set the agenda in the food-to-go packaging industry. We look forward to continuing the success we have had in 2018 by getting to work on our next groundbreaking products.”

For further information about RAP’s award-winning range of products and services, please visit www.rapuk.com.

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Leading UK sandwich packaging designer and manufacturer, RAP, has launched a new range produced entirely from agricultural waste.

Precious Planet FoodService, 100% compostable and produced from leaves and stems left behind from harvest, is of “significant importance”, the company says, and further underlines its unequivocal commitment to removing avoidable plastics form its food-to-go packaging range.

Graham Williams, CEO, said: “While the launch of this new range signals a pivotal moment for us, it’s also part of a long journey we embark upon.

“We take sustainability extremely seriously. We appointed Paola Carceles as our head of sustainability last year and the Precious Planet FoodService range isn’t just another packaging product. It’s a whole new brand, and one that will help pave the way for further developments to meet the needs of both the retailer and the ever-more demanding, environmentally-conscious consumer.

“The board used can be recycled up to seven times, which offers a true, closed loop solution diverting waste from landfill and more crucially our oceans – a subject too often talked about but which we have actually delivered.”

The range lands on the back of RAP’s nomination in Packaging Europe’s “Sustainability Awards 2018”, for its AgriRAP sandwich wedge. Again, a product that is a fully bio-based, home compostable and widely recyclable providing an environmental saving of 47% compared to FSC paper, and 29% compared to recycled paper.

Likewise, the Precious Planet FoodService range is produced from wood fibres, and the cellulose film lining is certified to both the Forestry Stewardship Council and the Programme for the Endorsement for Forestry Certification standards.

Williams added: “We exist at a critical time in the future of our planet and it’s up to all stakeholders, from consumers through to designers, manufacturers and politicians, to drive forward each and every opportunity to make a difference.”

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Three of RAP’s innovative packaging products – AgriRAP, Freshpack Plus Lite and the Modified Atmosphere (MA) Food Tray – have been shortlisted in this year’s UK Packaging Awards.

This marks the sixth consecutive year RAP’s products have been recognised by the event that is organised by PackagingNews.

The categories the products have been shortlisted for are:  

  • Best New Concept – AgriRAP and Freshpack Plus Lite
  • Cartonboard Pack of the Year – Modified Atmosphere (MA) Food Tray

The results will be announced on Tuesday 30th October 2018, at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London.

Graham Williams, CEO at RAP, said: “We’re delighted our products have been recognised by the UK Packaging Awards, it is testament to the entire team at RAP for maintaining 21 years of true innovation and development.

“The three shortlisted products are all recent developments, created as a direct response to tackle the worldwide plastic pollution crisis, as part of our “Removing Avoidable Plastics” campaign.

“The AgriRAP and Freshpack Plus Lite are sandwich wedges that are fully compostable and widely recyclable, and the Modified Atmosphere (MA) Food Tray offers an alternative to full plastic trays and reduces plastic use by up to 85%.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the results of the award ceremony, and wish all the companies that are shortlisted the best of luck.”

To find out more about RAP’s award-winning products, click here.

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