Ocean's Halo(TM) Seaweed Chips Use Bio-based NatureFlex(TM) Packaging by Innovia Films


Compostable bio-based packaging proves to be a natural fit for an innovative snack food company



ATLANTA, GA – Innovia Films has announced that Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are using its bio-based NatureFlex™ packaging. This flexible packaging material is derived from sustainable wood pulp, offers excellent barriers to oxygen and moisture, and is certified compostable.



When looking at packaging options, Ocean’s Halo felt that the package should reflect their core values while also providing superior protection for their product. In order to maintain the crunch of the chips it was critical to guard against moisture vapor. A high barrier to oxygen was also necessary to extend shelf life. Furthermore, the packaging needed to match the Ocean’s Halo™ brand identity.



Ocean’s Halo™ Seaweed Chips is the first product from New Frontier Foods, Inc. The Bay Area-based natural foods company was started in Burlingame, California by four dads. The founders of Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are on a mission to create a chip nutritious enough for the produce aisle, but delicious enough for the snack aisle. Made from only sustainably grown seaweed and other natural ingredients, Ocean’s Halo™ Seaweed Chips are organic, baked, taste great, and are packed with vitamins and minerals, and are free of GMOs, trans fats, MSGs, and artificial ingredients.



Robert Mock, co-founder of Ocean’s Halo stated, “We were introduced to the Innovia Films’ compostable packaging alternative, NatureFlex™, by Genpak, a leading food packing company with manufacturing locations in both the US and Canada. Over the past two years, we have built a great partnership with Genpak to bring our products to market with not only high quality material, but also with a like-minded approach to the environment.”



Added Mike Shim another co-founder of Ocean’s Halo, “When we were faced with packaging choices, we were 100% committed to choosing compostable bags because it's the right thing to do. Health and sustainability is one of our pledges to our customers and compostable bags are an integral part of that pledge."



Bill Reilly, the Development Manager with Genpak, added “Our challenge was to develop a structure that provides excellent barrier properties and works well on the packaging equipment. Oceans Halo, Innovia and Genpak worked together closely to develop this functional and completely compostable structure.”



Christopher Tom, a Sales Executive with Innovia Films, was involved in the project. “We are proud to work with forward-thinking brands and packaging converters and help them reach their collective sustainability objectives.”



Ocean’s Halo™ seaweed chips are currently available at select Whole Foods Markets in the Northeast, Midwest, North Atlantic, and the Bay Area; HEB stores in Texas; Sprouts on the West Coast, Southwest, and Midwest; 340 Safeway and Vons stores across California; a variety of independent markets and all nine locations of leading Texas grocery chain, Central Market. Ocean’s Halo™ is also available nationwide at Amazon.com. Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chips are available in five gluten-free flavors: Chili Lime, Sea Salt, Korean BBQ, Hot Spicy, and Texas BBQ.



For more information about NatureFlex™ go to www.natureflex.com.



For more information about Ocean’s Halo™ Seaweed Chips go to www.oceanshalo.com.



About Innovia Films, Inc.

Innovia Films produces NatureFlex™, a family of cellulose-based packaging films. NatureFlex™ films are suitable for packaging a wide range of products, including snacks, coffee and tea, confectionery, bakery, and personal care items. The high-performance films have tailored barriers to oxygen and moisture and are resistant to grease, oils, and fats. The cellulose is derived from renewable wood pulp that is sustainably harvested from FSC managed forests. NatureFlex™ films are BPI certified in accordance with ASTM D6400 for compost-ability and ASTM D6868 for bio-based content.



About New Frontier Foods Inc.

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, New Frontier Foods Inc. was founded in 2011 by four dads on a mission to leverage the science of superfoods to make ordinary foods delicious and healthy. Ocean’s Halo™ Seaweed Chips, the first totally delicious crispy, crunchy chips made from sustainably harvested seaweed, is the first product from New Frontier Foods and is currently available online and at select retailers. Advisors to the Company, which has raised $1.7 million in funding to date, include former and current executives from ConAgra Consumer Foods, Starbucks, Pepsico, Dole, Sharffen Berger Chocolate (Hershey’s), Facebook and Boulder Canyon Foods. New Frontier Foods is proud to donate two percent of its profits to organizations like the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Children’s Education Fund program that is inspiring the next generation of ocean conservationists.



Innovia Films’ Media Contact

Patricia Potts

+44 16973 42281

patricia.potts@innoviafilms.com



Ocean’s Halo Media Contact

Marty Ordman

818-519-8499

marty@oceanshalo.com  

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