Mpacks – an eco-friendly food packaging manufacturer

Uncapping sustainable on-the-go food packaging at PackPlus 2021

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(left to right) Abhishek Tripathi, Russel Desilva, Anup Bajaj, chief executive officer, Jyoti Chaudhary, Nomita Roy — team of Mpacks, standing at their stall at PackPlus 2021, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Photo PSA

Packaging is a critical component of the national and international response to the core concerns of sustainable food consumption, which is obviously about reducing the environmental footprint of packaged food. An innovative sustainable packaging solution reduces food waste and loss while also addressing food safety concerns by preventing food-borne illnesses and chemical contamination. Furthermore, it must address the long-term critical issue of persistent plastic trash accumulation in the environment and the conservation of oil and food material resources.

Ghaziabad-based Mpacks is a manufacturer of paper-based food packaging. According to the most recent industry norms and standards, it is engaged in the development of a comprehensive variety of environmentally friendly packaging solutions. Its packaging is designed in-house by an in-house research and development team and is entirely comprised of ecologically friendly paperboard resources. The machines the company uses for producing its food packaging are all imported from China. The customers are hotels, restaurants, QSR/fast food, bakery, sweetshops, and other catering establishments.

Top-notch packaging for food items

Mpacks is dedicated to first-class packaging solutions for the food sector. A ready range of 41 products includes paper dips, containers, flat bowls, lunch boxes, food boxes, single-wall paper glasses, double-wall paper glasses, glass lids, and noodle boxes. At the recently concluded PackPlus 2021 in Delhi, Anup Bajaj, chief executive officer of Mpacks spoke with the Packaging South Asia team, “Our products are based on the current on-the-go lifestyle trends and offer great on-shelf-appeal.”

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Mpacks showcases wide range of sustainable paper food packaging at packPlus 2021.
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Mpacks takes in most of its papercraft material from Indian sources and some are imported from China for high-quality food-grade substrates. It produces 8, 12, 16-ounce (240 ml, 360 ml, 480 ml) cups and containers using paperboards with thicknesses of about 300 gsm. Providing complete solutions for food packaging, dining, and takeaways, and traveling, its customers include some of the significant brands in the country, such as Wok Man, Haldirams, Biryani-by-Kilo, Bercos, Big Brother Burger, Al-baik, and several others.

USPs of Mpacks – hot food-friendly and compostable materials

Mpacks packaging is water and greaseproof, hot content friendly, microwavable, tableware alternative. The custom and recyclable packaging uncaps a brand’s potential. Its paper lids for paper coffee cups are spillproof with five sizes on one single lid. The materials which Mpacks uses for its food packaging solutions can be disposed of in 84 days in a backyard compost.

On the company’s expansion plan, Bajaj mentions, “Today every company is trying to make sustainable products, but our company is a step ahead, and in the near future, new biodegradable paper laminates would come into the market.”

Our view

The Covid-19 pandemic brings new challenges among businesses and pushes them to innovate and adopt flexible and sustainable food packaging solutions. Before the pandemic, one new branded fast food outlet opened in India each day. And this is not something new to our culture, the consumption of food out of the home, in dhabhas, street food, on railway platforms, and in trains and planes is an immense industry.

There are lifestyle changes such as the dabbawalas of Mumbai threatened by quick delivery services of pizzas and various exotic cooked meals, but the overwhelming need for food out of home and food on the move is a necessary reality fueling a growing economy at every level. Out-of-home food, and even home delivery, quick service are nothing new, but as they take on a modern packaged avatar, they need to be sustainable and replace the use of plastic with food-grade and food-friendly paper-based recyclable and compostable solutions.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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Correspondent-Delhi & NCR Girish has been working and editorially contributing to both Indian Printer and Publisher and Packaging South Asia since 2021, covering the western regions of India. He has extensively covered a variety of verticals in both the printing and packaging industries. Skilled in taking Interviews and Story Writeup, Communication, Writing, and Research. Strong education professional with a Master of Arts - MA (MASS COMM.) focused in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh.

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