Cascades invests $4.5M in two packaging plants

Machinery upgrades aim to increasing market share in the food packaging sector.

KINGSEY FALLS, Que. — Cascades Inc. is making “strategic investments” worth $4.5 million to modernize production in two Quebec plants that manufacture packaging for fresh food.

“The goal is to increase the company’s market share in the food packaging sector, by continuing to propose innovative products that ensure an optimal shelf life for food and reduce our environmental footprint,” said Mario Plourde, president and CEO of Cascades, a manufacturer of packaging and tissue products made from recycled materials.

The company, based in Kinsey Falls, is investing $3.5 million is Plastiques Cascades plant to replace a thermoforming line, add pre-padding solution to the production line and install automated packaging lines.

The plant produces polystyrene food trays, used by processing plants and grocers, are made with 25% recycled content and used in the packaging of fresh food products such as meat, poultry and seafood.

A $1 million investment in the Cascades Inopak plant in Drummondville will be used to install a new thermoforming line.

Cascades Inopak manufactures food packaging products and consumer goods made from PETE (polyethylene terephthalate), which contain a minimum of 60% post-consumer recycled content. The plant specializes in the manufacture of barrier trays for fresh products such as meat and poultry.

Both plants are part of the Cascades Specialty Products Group.

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