Ping! Microwave Cooking Launch from Benson Group

In Packaging on November 24, 2014 at 10:24 am

Benson Group, a leading UK manufacturer of printed cardboard packaging, has announced the launch of a full range of microwave cooking solutions.

Part of the range was deliciously demonstrated on-stand at Packaging Innovations in Islington back in October, with bacon roll snacks being prepared and enjoyed by visitors. The availability of this collection of microwave cooking solutions is a significant collaboration with parent company, Graphic Packaging International.


Graphic Packaging International is providing access to its range of proprietary microwave technology. Commenting on the range, Group Marketing Director, Dr Helene Roberts, said: “Graphic Packaging is a worldwide leader in enhanced microwave packaging, with a range of solutions that can be customised to meet individual customers’ requirements.”

“The microwave cooking solutions now available to Benson Group are products already commercially available in the US and combine a number of market-leading technologies. This includes the use of materials that have the ability to focus microwave energy exactly where it’s needed in order to deliver consistent, even heating, steaming or browning and crisping of food,” added Dr Roberts.

The microwave pack product range on offer from Benson Group includes:


DesignerWare® demonstrates a breakthrough in sustainable packaging. The finished product combines paperboard and plastic for exceptional barrier protection with unsurpassed microwave performance. DesignerWare® can be printed to maximise graphics and text areas and is available in a range of profile shapes and sizes.


MicroFlex-Q® is a flexible packaging film for browning and crisping food products. It can be used in carton format via patch application. MicroFlex-Q® is printable and is both moisture and grease resistant.

Quilt Wave®

Quilt Wave® is a microwave technology designed to be used with irregularly shaped food products. Quilt Wave® has been engineered with cells known as “quilts” that expand when exposed to microwaves, this drives away moisture and allows maximum browning and crisping.

Qwik Crisp®

Qwik Crisp® is a solution that can be modified on a bespoke basis depending on the product. It works using unique susceptor patterns designed to unique specification. Qwik Crisp® can be used in a number of formats including cartons and trays. It is ideal where browning and crisping of dough based products, such as bread and pizza, is required.

Focus Inset Carton®

Focus Inset Carton® is a traditional folding carton with a twist. It includes a microwave susceptor pattern that is applied during the manufacturing process. Focus Inset Carton® eliminates the need for secondary packaging elements and provides the capability to brown and crisp food.


MicroRite® is the ultimate in convenience for customers, using susceptor technology MicroRite® manages the microwave energy during the cooking process which reduces loss of moisture from product. The result is oven quality food from the microwave.

Adding to her earlier comments, Dr Roberts said: “Our team is looking forward to discussing the benefits of each of these solutions and how they can help improve the eating quality of products in a convenient format. We are delighted to bring this ground breaking suite of solutions to the UK market, and envisage interest from both existing and new Benson Group customers.”

About Benson Group

Benson Group, now part of Graphic Packaging International, is one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton suppliers, producing packaging product for the food retail industry for a wide range of UK and European customers. The business is expecting to achieve sales of in excess of £100 million in the coming year.

The company manufactures packaging product at three production sites covering in excess of 300,000 square feet. Food and beverage processors are the main customers for the three production sites, with UK headquarters and manufacturing at Bardon, Leicestershire, and further production facilities at two sites in the North East, at Gateshead and Newcastle. The group employs over 800 UK based employees. In recent years, investment in new plant and equipment across the three sites totals in excess of £20 million including the purchase of an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 B1 format perfecting press.

Benson Group creates packaging for many well-known companies, brands and retailers. Key account clients across the Group include Two Sisters Food Group, Greencore, and Samworth Brothers. The company is an approved supplier for all of the UK’s leading retail chains.

For further information on the Benson Group visit the web site.



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