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SHOW: Thermally-insulated 'hot food bags' prove a big hit

Sirane's stand the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo

OUR thermally-insulated ‘hot food’ bags proved a hit with visitors to our stand at the Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo - where our message was ‘Keep It Hot’.

The Restaurant & Takeaway Expo 2018 took place at the ExCeL arena, London, from September 25-26 – and it was Sirane’s first time exhibiting at the show.

Sirane’s thermally-insulated materials keep chilled food cold – but perhaps crucially for this show’s market they also keep hot food hot – and we can offer bags in a range of sizes. Bags can also be digitally-printed, allowing for short runs without set-up costs.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Keep It Hot was our theme for the show. Takeaways are as popular as ever, and customers want the food to still be hot by the time they get home. These bags are a great way of keeping them happy and making sure that happens.

“We had a range of customers on the stand, from takeaway/restaurant owners to chains, all interested in the possibilities that these bags opened up for them. We’ll be adding a few standard products to our new web-shop (coming soon) meaning we can cater for all needs, whether you’re a single-site takeaway or a national chain.

“They’re great for brand awareness as they are reusable – you could even offer a discount to customers re-using ‘your bag’, and this product is also fully recyclable, and we can even supply it made from a material in which up to 40% of the material has been replaced by recycled materials and sea-shells… so it’s an environmentally-friendly solution.”

Simon also spoke in the lecture theatre on sustainable packaging solutions, which was well attended and well received. Simon gave an honest appraisal of the market – what’s possible and what’s impossible in food packaging terms, and how to quantify sustainability.

Simon said: “We got a lot of positive feedback afterwards, so hopefully people got something out of it. There’s a lot of misinformation within the industry, and I tried to put some of that right, and give an honest take on achievements so far and what can be achieved.”

We also exhibited a range of our other products - including susceptor for crisping food effectively in a microwave, cooking bag solutions and even absorbent rotisserie liners

Jeremy Haydn-Davies, sales director, said: “Our susceptor-based products allow food to be crisped up in a microwave, which is perfect for anyone wanting to add pizza slices, paninis etc. without having to keep warm – they can just heat them quickly as required.

“We also offer a wide-range of steam-cooking bags, which may well have a place in both the restaurant and takeaway sectors, due to their flexible uses. We have nylon roasting bags which could be popular in restaurants, and this really is just a snap-shot.

“We also have absorbent rotisserie liners – perfect for lining rotisseries as well as other hot-food display areas – cutting down on the mess and helping to improve presentation.”

Sirane is an innovative packaging design, development, manufacture and solutions company which specialises in areas including absorbency and ovenable/microwaveable products, compostable packaging, films, boards, absorbent pads, and much more.

For more information on Sirane or any product in our food packaging range, contact Jeremy Haydn-Davies on +44 1952 230055 or email

NEW: Pouch-filling machine runs with Earthpouch as well as other packaging pouches

Sirane's new pouch-filling line

OUR Earthpouch – a revolutionary plastic-free packaging solution – is selling well - and has been already been shortlisted for a number of top awards.

One question we’re often asked though is ‘how do we pack it?’ Well the answer is here, in the shape of our new single or dual-head pouch-filling line – the M7.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “It’s a regular question…. do you supply machines? How do we pack it? Well Sirane’s always been a solutions company, and we have one – the M7 pouch-filling line – which can run the Earthpouch.

“It’s a fast, versatile and low-cost option, with lines starting from just £35,000. Single and twin-head machines are available, and they are simple to operate.

“They pack between 15 and 80 bags a minute, and with both manual and auto-fill options, they make a great solution for packaging a whole range of products.”

Remote access via a personalised website means you can easily control and trouble-shoot the machines, and up to 50 programmes can be stored.

The machines have a small footprint – covering a maximum of just 2m2.

Sirane’s Earthpouch was launched in the new year – with Troofoods the first brand to use the new material – and a range of brands have since switched their packaging to the Earthpouch, with orders coming from Ireland and the US.

Peter Ralten, business development manager, said: “We’re now getting regular orders, and have sold into a number of countries, with inquiries coming in from all over the world. The M7, which is a great pouch-filling line, means we can now offer the full solution to anyone interested in the Earthpouch.”

The Earthpouch – an industry first - is made from a paper with a 100% plastic free heat-sealable coating which is then formed into a preformed stand-up pouch which provides total food security for dry and moist food products.

We initially launched a standard version - and are rolling out barrier and high-barrier versions over the next few months as the Earthpouch range is expanded.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, added: “Since Packaging Innovations at the NEC we’ve had many inquiries, and we’re now working with a number of companies, in many different sectors, and the Earthpouch will be on a shelf near you soon… one of the great things about the product is it is also cost-effective, often environmentally-friendly packaging comes at a cost, with Earthpouch that’s not the case.

“Packaging Innovations also made us realised that offering a pouch-filling line was also important to the product’s use on a practical level, and so we’re pleased to be able to now offer a full solution, pouches and pouch-filling lines.”

The Earthpouch was shortlisted for the packaging section at the Sustainable Packaging Awards in Amsterdam earlier this year – finishing third – and has been shortlisted for the UK Packaging Awards, being held in London in November.

The M7 will run with all bags and pouches – not just the Earthpouch, which it has been adapted to run. Sirane can also offer a range of other bags and pouches including ovenable, microwaveable, stand-up, retort, quad-seal, 3-side seal, side-gusset, flat pouches and more. We can also offer digitally-printed short-run.

For more information, contact Jeremy Haydn-Davies on 01952 230055, email or visit our website which is 


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