GEA FoodTray

Sustainable food packaging with no compromise on shelf life

Sustainable food packages

MAP, vacuum and skin packages are greatly contributing to ensuring food safety and prolonging shelf life. To protect the environment with sustainable solutions, we at GEA are committed to reducing the use of plastic in food packaging. One example of a smart solution: The cardboard-based GEA FoodTray now uses this renewable and recyclable resource as a carrier for a comparatively thin bottom film. During the thermoforming process, both are combined to create a stiff and yet sustainable tray which is then sealed to make a high-quality food package. It enables manufacturers to be more sustainable while still ensuring food safety and reducing waste.

Main Applications

GEA FoodTray sustainable packaging

The resource-saving GEA FoodTray is a high-quality MAP food package produced in a form-fill-seal process to preserve food products, such as meat, meat substitutes, fish and seafood, dairy or bakery products, safely.

Key benefits

Sustainable and resource-saving alternative to MAP or vacuum packs made of plastic only

  • Saves up to 80% of plastic material compared with conventional food packaging 
  • Can completely be made of recycled and recyclable materials (paper and film) 
  • Easy separation of paper and plastic parts 
  • Fully recyclable and sustainable 

Eye-catching design opportunities

  • Cardboard allows all kinds of printing options to make a product more attractive, and make space for additional printed information, even in small batches 
  • To be used with the GEA PowerPak and PowerPak PLUS thermoformers

Sustainable food packaging with the GEA PowerPak PLUS thermoformer and GEA FoodTray


GEA FoodTray components and application

The GEA FoodTray consists of a pre-made cardboard tray, a thin film inlay and a thin top film made out of mono-materials. The thermoformer just needs the addition of a module for tray denesting and tray loading into the thermoforming packaging machine.

GEA FoodTray in-line production process
GEA FoodTray working process

The GEA FoodTray can be assembled easily and automatically in a form-fill-seal system such as the GEA PowerPak or PowerPak PLUS in 4 steps: 

  1. Denesting
    A denesting and loading unit automatically transfers single units from the stacks of pre-manufactured cardboard trays to the forming station of the thermoformer. 
  2. Forming
    In the forming system a thin flexible bottom film is formed into the trays by vacuum and compressed air. The film is then spot sealed to the upper rim of the cardboard trays using heatable plugs. 
  3. Loading
    The trays are filled with the designated products, either automatically or by hand. 
  4. Sealing
    In the sealing station, the FoodTrays are covered with the top film, which is then sealed to the bottom film.
Technical Data
Outer MaterialCardboard printable with up to 6 colors + laquer finish
InlayFlexible thermoforming film with special, low shrinking technology
Top filmThermoforming film or paper compound printable with up to 11 colors + laquer finish
SizesHeight 20- 60mm
Processing capacity45 – 90 packages/minute

Unsure, whether your products can be packaged using GEA FoodTray? Contact us to talk about your options!

Line adaptions

GEA PowerPak and PowerPak PLUS form-fill-seal systems
GEA FoodTray and GEA PowerPak PLUS sustainable packaging line

The sustainable, innovative GEA FoodTray is perfectly adapted to the extremely flexible and user-friendly GEA PowerPak and PowerPak PLUS thermoforming packaging machines. They provide high-quality horizontal packaging of food products such as meat and processed meat products such as sausages and cold cuts, cheese or dairy products, fish and seafood, vegetarian or vegan products, fruits and vegetables as well as pastries, and other baked goods.

The GEA FoodTray with the GEA PowerPak PLUS thermoformer

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