chilango a UK based Mexican restaurant chain, has worked closely with the Sherwood Group and Yates Supplies to find a replacement for its bagasse trays and plastic lids, which were used to serve burritos, tacos, salads and nachos. Its new range of eco friendly packaging has now launched.
Chilango was looking for a more robust, vibrant and iconic alternative for its packaging, which would enable them to tell their brand story, whilst being environmentally friendly, functional and maintain the food’s temperature during delivery.
Eco friendly packaging: The company have unveiled a new, eco friendly packaging containing a sustainable barrier coating – Puracoat® – as an alternative to plastic packaging and PET-lined food barrier packaging.
Developed by The Sherwood Group, the country’s leading innovative packaging producer, Puracoat® is a water based aqueous coating which, when applied to any food-grade cartonboard, provides grease and moisture resistant properties, while being fully recyclable and biodegradable.
Malcolm Gill, the Sherwood Group’s representative explains; “Puracoat®, used in conjunction with a natural, insulating Kraft board product, ensures Chilango products are delivered fresh and appetizingly hot with no unsightly food migration from the carton”.
Applied in line at the Sherwood Group’s premises in Nottingham, Puracoat® can reach the maximum oil/grease resistant test of ‘Kit 12’, which has been independently verified by Smithers Pira.
Chilango is the first restaurant chain to use Puracoat® for their food packaging;
“We are very proud to be one of the first to have a Puracoat® barrier coated product, making our packaging 100% biodegradable and compostable. The move away from plastic is an exciting step for Chilango brand and plays an important role in building our commitment to environmentally friendly practices”, commented Sarah Haynes, Marketing Manager at Chilango, “the way the packaging looks is making everyone feel proud about the brand, and guests have noticed the improvement in environmental credentials on this packaging”.
Chilango, owned by Mucho Mas Ltd, opened its first restaurant in 2007 in London. It currently operates ten restaurants in London and one in Manchester, with plans to expand the business across UK.