Thursday, June 10, 2010

Say Cheese!

by Eric Carlson, CPP - Chainalytics
Finally, there is an upgrade to the conventional zip closure for cheese. For those of you in the UK that buy cheese with a zip closure feature, Milk Link (, the leading British dairy farmer owned co-operative and largest cheese manufacturer, now offers a completely new and apparently better resealable feature for their regional cheese brands, Cadog and Lockerbie. Both brands produce cheddar and butter. Cadog ( is a relatively new Welsh based brand, while Lockerbie ( is a 50 year old Scottish brand.

The new resealable feature is branded Grip Strip® and features a hook and loop configuration that claims to firmly seal the pack and maintain product freshness. The Grip Strip® has repeat closure application similar to the zip feature found in many current film structures. However, the improvement is mainly in user interface – it is simply easier to seal and more forgiving to slight mis-alignment. The material is a food-grade, heat-sealable polyethylene.

This hook and loop feature was developed for Milk Link by APLX (, a leader in self-gripping fasteners for over 50 years. I’m sure this would be an approved pack by Wallace and Gromit!

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