Packaging business Sirane is looking to further develop its plastic-free offer following the acquisition of Gloucestershire-based board manufacturer Olympic.

Based just outside Stroud, Olympic produces cake boards, salmon boards, U-cards, sleeves and sandwich boards that are supplied through distributors and direct sales. It has operated from the same site for more than 60 years and was owned by members of the founding family before the acquisition.

Its product range is based around fibrous board products, many of which are compostable and recyclable, explained Sirane managing director Simon Balderson.

“This acquisition is a strategic step for Sirane to enhance and improve our product offering into new areas of the food industry.

“In particular it supports our continued development into plastic replacement technology for all types of food. We plan to extend this product range, using our Earth Packaging banner, into all areas of food packaging which currently use plastic-coated and laminated boards.”

Sirane intends to grow the business and expand the portfolio of products produced at what will be Sirane Stroud.

This will include a new eco-friendly and plastic-free Earthwedge sandwich pack that will combine recyclable boards with Sirane’s plastic-free coated papers.

“The result is a sandwich pack, with a window, which gives the required barrier, but which is completely free of plastic,” added Balderson. “Earthwedge will remove a lot of unnecessary plastic from supermarket shelves.

“This will be the first of many innovative new products which combine existing Sirane technology with the board-processing operations at Olympic.”