Food packages for shelf-stable foods

Today’s busy, demanding consumers don’t just expect convenience and simplicity – they want high-quality, practical packaging made with renewable, responsibly sourced materials. Tetra Recart is a smart, innovative solution for shelf-stable foods that delivers a lower climate impact1 than steel cans, glass jars and pouches and is aligned with consumer trends and demands. Perfect for vegetables, soups, ready meals and more, our food carton packages also meet the evolving needs of producers, retailers, and etailers.

Food packages for shelf-stable foods

Today’s busy, demanding consumers don’t just expect convenience and simplicity – they want high-quality, practical packaging made with renewable, responsibly sourced materials. Tetra Recart is a smart, innovative solution for shelf-stable foods that delivers a lower climate impact1 than steel cans, glass jars and pouches and is aligned with consumer trends and demands. Perfect for vegetables, soups, ready meals and more, our food carton packages also meet the evolving needs of producers, retailers, and etailers.

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Tetra Recart® and co-packing

Co-packers can save time, space and money by switching to Tetra Recart, the retortable and sustainable food packaging from Tetra Pak for shelf-stable products.

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Tetra Recart® and e-commerce

Safe and sustainable Tetra Recart food packaging is ideal for ready-to-eat baby food, with benefits for brands, retailers, consumers, and the environment.

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Tetra Recart® and retail

Find out about the benefits of Tetra Recart food packaging – in the warehouse, on the supermarket shelf, and in the consumer’s shopping basket.

Food categories

Tomato salsa with nachos

Tomato preparations

Consumer demand for tomato preparations, and a wider range of innovative, value-added products, is growing. Our flexible, efficient solutions help you meet it.

Beans in Tetra Recart cartons

Beans

Tetra Recart is an innovative and sustainable food packaging alternative for beans, made mostly of renewable materials and optimised for e-commerce.

Baby food in bowl

Baby food

When it comes to baby food, we have flexible, efficient, and cost-effective solutions to produce and pack a range of purees, both smooth and with particles.

Sweet corn in Tetra Recart carton package

Vegetables

Move over cans and jars – Tetra Recart is an innovative food packaging for packed vegetables with a lower climate impact that’s popular with consumers.

Cat and pet food in Tetra Recart carton package

Pet food

Made mostly from renewable materials, Tetra Recart cartons for wet pet food for cats and dogs meet consumer demand for more sustainable packaging.

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Ready meals and ready sauces

Tetra Recart is the ideal food packaging alternative for ready meals and ready sauces, with benefits for consumers, retailers and the planet.

Bowl of soup

Soups

Our optimal solutions enable you to produce and pack a wide range of smooth to particulate soups, both clear and thick.

Orange marmalade

Fruit preparations

Our solutions help unleash your product innovation and efficiently produce a wide range of fruit preparations, jam, marmalade, fruit purées, and more.

Heat treatment for shelf-stable food (retorting)

Retorting is an in-container sterilisation process where both the package and its food contents are exposed to high pressure and high temperature in a humid environment for a longer period of time. The time and temperature exposure is dependent on which food product is being sterilized, and will vary also between different producers with the same type of food product.

Retorting is a tough process for any package type, and has traditionally mainly been used with metal cans and glass jars. With Tetra Recart, it is now possible to have a carton based package managing the tough retort process. The major challenge when developing Tetra Recart was to find a packaging material structure that would be able to withstand the conditions inside a retort and manage a shelf-life up to two years. Each layer in the package has its own specific purpose, and together they keep the food inside the package safe.

Insights

How to achieve 24 months’ shelf life without adding preservatives

There are two ways to achieve a long shelf life: heat treatment inside and outside the package. Read more about all the different methods and equipment in our infographic Understanding heat treatment – two paths to ambient shelf life.

Customer case

How HelloFresh meets consumer demand for sustainable packaging​

Why does HelloFresh think Tetra Recart is the ideal package for its e-commerce customers? Find out in this short film.

Customer case

How HelloFresh meets consumer demand for sustainable packaging​

Why does HelloFresh think Tetra Recart is the ideal package for its e-commerce customers? Find out in this short film.

Explore our other packaging solutions

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Chilled packages

A wide range of shapes, volumes, formats, and flexible sustainability options, give you complete packaging solutions for your chilled liquid foods & beverages.

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Aseptic packages

Our innovative portfolio of aseptic packaging solutions give your products a long shelf life, safe protection, and efficient, cost-effective distribution.

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LCA Study (2020) Source:  Tetra Recart reports: Life Cycle Assessments of beverage cartons. Food section.