Standard Top-Sealable Trays
We deliver a wide range of plastic and aluminium food containers for all your food packaging needs and we are one of the leading packaging suppliers in the UK. Our popular products that we pack are meat, seafood, poultry, game, fruit, vegetables, pet food, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, dairy products, bakery and deli packaging.
Due to the increasing environmental awareness especially in this industry, we feel a responsibility to respond with a range of sustainable food packaging solutions exclusively for our clients. Speak to a member of our team and we are able to provide you a tailor-made solution specific to your product and display.
We currently stock:
- Classic rectangular and cylindrical receptacles in a variety of sizes.
- Gastro trays in sizes – half, quart, sixth and eighth.
Standard plastic trays tend to be black or transparent, if you want an alternative to enhance your brand against competitors, we can offer you a range of colours and combinations. Call a member of our team and we can work together to choose the right packaging for you.
PET-PE Meat Trays
Our products are supplied throught most of the UK supermarkets. We currently supply some of the largest meat processing companies because of the quality and the ability to supply large quantities with relatively short lead times. We also have a lot of stock kept regularly in Ilpra Systems UK ltd for emergency call off or smaller clients with lower MOQ requirements.
The meat trays are mostly sold in PET/PE material and are available mainly in clear and a short few other standard run colours. The trays are available mostly PADDED but sometimes can also be ordered without pads.
Most common meat tray sizes:
D2 Tray Dimensions – 197mm x 155mm
D13 Tray Dimensions – 238mm x 166mm
D15 Tray Dimensions – 260mm x 177mm
B6 Tray Dimensions – 253mm x 183mm (available in high barrier, skin, and cardboard also)
The most common sizes available are D2, D13, D15 and B6 which tend to cover most ranges of meat applications but other tray dimensions are also available upon request. These trays range from 37mm-120mm depths. By having so many variations in depths to use it makes it easier on the tray sealing machine as you will require to purchase less tooling and speed up unnecessary change-over times.
Skin and foil trays can also be found in these common meat sizes.
These trays are commonly found in PET/PE mixed material which contains superior barrier properties. Our meat trays are specifically designed to help keep meat fresh for longer.
RPET Trays (Recyclable)
While all (mono) PET are fully recyclable, RPET has the extra benefit of being made by recyclable material. Up to 80% of an RPET tray contains raw materials of recycled PET. This allows the polymers and raw oils to be reduced in the manufacturing process, which also reduces the overall energy consumption.
Thanks to a reduced weight/material usage, the high recycled content and the carbon footprint of raw material spent in this innovative RPET tray, offerings are in excess of 85% lower than virgin mono PP food trays.
Key Features of using our RPET tray:
- De-nesting feature suitable for high speed automated lines.
- Trays that will facilitate high-speed stacking, packing and safe transportation of a whole range of food products.
- High level of rigidity and an excellent barrier performance that is ideally suited to the packaging of poultry and meat.
- Suitable for Modified Atmosphere Packaging to extend shelf life.
- Glass-like clarity for clear presentation of product.
- Boasts an integral feature designed to retain drip loss and natural juices in reservoirs of mini cavities within the base of the tray, eliminating the need for a pad.
PET/APET Trays (Recyclable)
Amorphous Polyethylene Terephthalate, abbreviated as APET or simply known as just PET, is perfect for the packaging of cold foods and for Modified Atmosphere Packaging.
It is a material known for its robustness and its resistance to shocks, with high performances to internal pressure and stress-cracking. It also has good barrier properties regarding gas, UV and water. The tray can be used within a temperature range of –40°C to +60°C. This meets the needs of consumers who require good impact resistance at low temperatures.
APET trays are a perfect solution for cold food packaging needs. They are suitable for a wide range of deli, bakery and convenience food applications. These items need to be aesthetically pleasing and built to keep the food product fresh.
These containers are available with hinged lids or with a separate base and lid. Many of our lids are in anti-mist APET for excellent clarity and presentation. Your product will be protected by these strong and durable trays, ensuring that the product presentation is of the highest standard.
Key Features of using our APET tray:
- High flexibility which can be used to design multi-compartment trays.
- Available in a wide variety of shapes, dimensions and compartment.
- Can be manufactured in different colours.
- Transparent APET provides excellent clarity.
- Freezable down to -40°C.
- Can be sealed with a welded or peelable film – (anti fog and easy peel films available) or with a snap on lid, separate lid or hinged lid.
- Fully recyclable.
As a growing market, we are perfectly positioned to supply high quality skin trays in large commercial volumes.
Our skin trays are produced using multi-layered thin gauge sheet, with a high content of recycled material. The high-quality finish includes the sought-after velvet finish upon peel back of the vacuum seal, which is also a built-in indicator of product tampering.
Key features of skin trays:
- Extended shelf life – thanks to the vacuum seal, it reduces exposure to contaminants and leakage;
- Takes up less space therefore cost saving with shipping;
The demand for greater innovation in the skin tray market is growing, with food producers and retailers seeking to differentiate themselves and improve on the appearance and performance of standard vacuum skin trays.
Working closely with machinery partners, food processors, and retailers, our Innovation Team is at the forefront in developing enhanced vacuum skin tray designs to meet the demand.
High Barrier Trays – EVOH
Thermoformed barrier containers are the best solution to your needs on shelf life extension and food preservation in a number of processes, from Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP), skin packaging, aseptic filling to fulfil demands on. High Barrier EVOH trays are usually required for charcuterie & cured meats products and when a 60+ day shelf life is needed.
CPET & PP Ready Meal Trays (Recyclable)
Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate (CPET) is an alternative to aluminium trays. CPET trays are the most versatile option of the ready meal concept. Production is based on the esterification reaction between ethylene glycol and terephthalic acid, and is partially crystallised, making it opaque. As a result of the partially crystalline structure, CPET retains its shape at high temperatures and is therefore suitable for use with products that are to be heated in ovens and microwave ovens.
Standard for almost all CPET products is an APET top layer, which has particularly good sealing properties and gives the products an attractive appearance. The precision control of the material’s crystallinity means that the product can be used within a temperature range of -40°C to +220°C. This meets the needs of consumers, who require good impact resistance at low temperatures and shape retention at high temperatures. CPET also forms a highly effective barrier against oxygen, water, carbon dioxide and nitrogen.
CPET trays are also used for bakery products such as desserts, cakes or pastry. These items can be unpacked and finished off in the oven or microwave.
Key Features of using our CPET tray:
- Incredible flexibility and strength which can be used for multi-compartment trays.
- Manufactured in dual colours to improve visual appeal on store shelves.
- Sustainable solution as it contains RPET which is recovered from plastic bottles and other sources.
- Freezable down to -40°C.
- Heat resistant in conventional and microwave ovens to 220°C.
- Can be sealed with a welded or peelable film – (anti fog and easy peel films available).
- Aroma tight seals.
**While all PET trays are fully recyclable, some recycling centres are un-equipt to detect black plastics during the recycling process. Most of our CPET trays are fully NIR detectable for recycling.
Bespoke Custom Trays (Rpet, EVOH, PE, PP, Breakdown PET)
By collaborating with top players in the area of bespoke packaging, Ilpra aims to provide its customers with the very best facilities and support that we can offer, including: Rapid Prototyping & Packaging Design Tool, Build Materials Development and Technical Support. With the support of our partners, we offer thermoformed packaging solutions with a thorough and unrivalled service.
Our aim is always to go a step further, looking at how new designs, materials and processes can help to achieve even better results whilst meeting all of your technical requirements.
In addition to thermoformed packaging, our partners specialise in the manufacture and supply of high quality, custom made pallets, cases and crates, made to the exact specification for your transit packaging needs.
The incomparable level of flexibility and loyalty we offer to our customers makes us the natural supplier choice for many food and non-food manufacturers.
These trays require a tooling cost up front to build a bespoke size for you.
Round Sealable & Tamper-Proof Pots (PP) (Recyclable)
Round Film Sealable & Tamper-Evident Pots are usually manufactured in PP mono material. They are usually used in Pot Filler applications mainly on Ilpra Fill Seal models but can also be used in Ilpra Tray Sealing applications.
Key Features of these pots:
- 100% Recyclable
- Suitable for Freezing
- Suitable for Microwaving
- Can be Hot Filled
- Snap-on-Lid options available
- In Mould Labelling options
- Cardboard Sleeve Print options
The industry standard sizes are available in various standard depths requiring less tooling on your machinery and being able to offer more flexibility.
If standard sizes are required there will be products off the shelf with lower minimum order requirements also.
Gastronorm Trays (1/2 Gastro) - PP (Recyclable)
Our Gastronorm plastic and foil trays are the ideal solution for your food prep and service. They are suitable for both hot and chilled food. They are also suitable for refrigeration and come in a variety of range of depths and capacities from 30mm to 110mm in the following sizes:
- 1/2 Gastro Tray Dimensions 325mm x 265mm
- 1/4 Gastro Tray Dimensions 265mm x 161mm
- 1/6 Gastro Tray Dimensions 176mm x 162mm
- 1/8 Gastro Tray Dimensions 164mm x 123mm
Our Gastro Trays are available in the following materials:
- PP Version (Suitable for freezer at -40°C and for microwave heating)
- CPET Version (Dual ovenable & freezer suitable)
Our Gastro trays are available to buy/call off in smaller quantities and mixed depths (1 pallet – 32 pallets) or can be ordered in full truck deliveries to your premises getting an even more competitive price.
Our Gastro range is available in Thermoformed and Injection Moulded trays (manufactured in Ilpra). Injection Moulded Trays are usually used for more premium products such as pasta & cheeses and thermoformed is usually used in the meat & service industry.
High-density polyethylene (HDPE) is a hard, opaque plastic that is lightweight but strong. For example, a HDPE milk jug container can weigh only two ounces but still be strong enough to carry a gallon of milk. HDPE is commonly used in food packaging for juice and milk jugs, squeeze butter and vinegar bottles and chocolate syrup containers, as well as grocery bags, fish fillets and meat.
It has been demonstrated that HDPE can be recycled at least 10 times and further processed under controlled conditions. This makes the HDPE one of the most sustainable materials in the food packaging industry.
Ilpra offers you a large variety of buckets of different sizes, shapes and accessory options (such as tamper proof labels) which are second to none on the market. Our buckets can be sealable and non-sealable. Whether for food or non-food, you will always find the right packaging for your filling material here.
We are able to offer a large range of volumes. Products for single-person households are just as efficiently packed as bulk consumer portions.
The buckets we offer are made of high-quality, 100% recyclable polypropylene or polyethylene. We also process biopolymers and packaging materials made from recyclates, the use of the latter only being permitted for non-food.
Smoothwall Foil Trays
Our smoothwall foil trays have a smooth rim, which allows each tray to be heat sealable with various film / lidding. Gas flushing techniques can be incorporated into the filling and sealing phases of meal production.
Chilled & frozen ready meals, desserts, fish, pasta, marinated meat joints, vegetables and various whole birds for roasting such as chickens, ducks and turkeys.
Key features of smoothwall trays:
- Cost-effective as the construction allows sleeves and cartons to be lightweight.
- High rigidity allows packaging to be safe in
- Shatterproof when frozen.
- Leak Proof seal.
- Extend shelf life using MAP/CAP.
- Minimizes handling of raw meat/poultry.
Polystyrene sealable trays
Foamed polystyrene (FPS) represents plastic foamed in a special way, containing tiny air bubbles.
Key features of Polystyrene sealable tray:
- High strength and heat resistant.
- Durable and safe for health.
- Excellent thermal insulating properties.
- FPS skips some air, “breathes”, which is a necessary condition for the preservation of fruit and confectionery.
- The ability “to extinguish” shock and vibration impacts.
All these qualities make FPS ideal material for manufacturing, packaging for almost all types of foodstuffs.
Ceramic Sealable Pots
Ilpra is able to offer packaging solutions in ceramic (or clay). This type of packaging has a very limited environmental impact as clay is very accessible in terms of availability, as it is made of a mix of soil and water. These long-life containers are totally reusable, they are oven, freezer and microwave safe. They are also easily recycled in a very simple process.
Ceramic pots can also be sealable and fully customizable in terms of colours and prints.
Glass Sealable Pots (Recyclable)
Ilpra is able to offer packaging solutions in Glass sealable jars. This type of packaging is 100% recyclable and green. Glass has a natural barrier against bacteria. It is totally impermeable to oxygen, therefore glass keeps foods and drinks fresh with all their vitamins and natural elements.
Pre made pouches
As well as a printed film on the reel, Ilpra supplies printed pre-made bags and pouches. They can be used for promotions, shorter runs and hard to pack products. Examples include, resealable food pouches and stand up resealable pouches. Small start-ups and new businesses rarely have the capital to invest in automatic packing machinery and find pre-made pouches easier and more cost-efficient to use.
New state-of-the-art bag conversion machinery is used to convert our printed films into a variety of bags and pouches using different materials and thicknesses with a variety of seal types and added features as required.
Products include bags for hand packing or bagging machines, stand-up pouches, resealable bags and pouches plus many specialist applications. Pouches and bags are available in a variety of materials, shapes and sizes suitable for most product types. Treatments and coatings are added for features such as extended shelf life or barrier properties.
Even the most complex designs can be incorporated into pre-made bags and pouches using in-house flexographic print technology. These include printed food pouches, printed pouches and stand up pouch printing.