ULMA Packaging develops an innovative leak-proof and fully-hygienic packaging solution for whole chicken

Dec 14, 2020
The poultry sector is seeing an increase in the demand for more sustainable packaging and safer products, which is currently the norm in all sectors; this is specifically what Tight-Chicken(TM) offers, ULMA Packaging's latest innovative development, which ensures that chickens arrive at stores perfectly packaged.

Tight-ChickenTM ensures that the bag fits the product like a second skin, completely eliminating the risk of leaks and ensuring that the product arrives at stores in compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations. Thanks to this innovative solution, developed using vertical wrapper machines, ULMA Packaging offers a system based on the Tight-BagTM concept to its customers in the poultry sector; this system extracts air with no need for perforating the packaging, reducing the amount of plastic used, cutting the cost of labour and achieving a safer and more appealing product.

Very appealing product with an impeccable finish

Tight-ChickenTM offers a very appealing packaging with an impeccable finish. It is a leak-proof solution that guarantees compliance with the applicable hygiene regulations for fresh, frozen or marinated chickens and chickens injected with sauce.

Optimisation of the packaging process

With regards to processing the products, ULMA Packaging's Tight-ChickenTM packaging solution offers clear advantages. It reduces the packaging surface area and number of staff required, in addition to reducing the time and cost of freezing products. The product can be loaded automatically or semi-automatically. 

No unpleasant smells or contaminating liquids

In addition, our packaging system guarantees compliance with the hygiene regulations and the optimum conditions, from the distribution chain to the store and until it arrives at consumers' homes. All with no unpleasant smells and with no contaminating liquid leaks.

More sustainable packaging that maintains the product's weight

In addition to cutting the cost of labour, packaging chickens with Tight-ChickenTM allows us to do away with metal clips and reduces the amount of plastic used when compared with traditional packaging solutions. ULMA's innovative solution guarantees that the product's weight remains unchanged, ensuring that its sale price remains the same and that the product does not need to be packaged again at the point of sale.

Production of up to 35 packages per minute

The Tight-ChickenTM packaging solution is based on the Tight-BagTM technology. It is available on ULMA's VTI 400, VTI 500 and VTI 600 vertical wrappers. Products can be packaged in a hot air and water shrink-wrapping tunnels or simply a hot air shrink-wrapping tunnel. Polyolefin shrink wrap is used as the packaging material and up to 35 packages can be produced per minute.

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ULMA's machines can produce up to 35 packages per minute

Semi-automatic or automatic packaging process

The packaging process can be synchronised with the chicken conveyor belt, using a fully-automatic system or a semi-automatic system with manual loading.

Semi-automatic process



Automatic process - System integrated and communicating with the chicken conveyor belt

More ULMA solutions: Pillow pack and pillow pack+Tight-BagTM

Tight-ChickenTM is ULMA Packaging's latest development for the poultry sector, but it's not the only one. The pillow pack presentation in vertical wrappers for whole chickens is another packaging option, similar to what we currently offer with our horizontal wrappers. It is suitable for fresh and frozen products, and is offered as a laminated film or LDPE, with or without gas, as in the case of the Tight-ChickenTM solution. The production rate is of up to 40 packages per minute.

The pillow pack+Tight-BagTM solution ensures a tight fit of the packaging on the product, since the air is extracted from the inside of the package. As in the two other options, it is suitable for fresh and frozen products and the same types of film can be used.

Are you looking for poultry or poultry product packaging solutions? ULMA has the solution you need

The success of a poultry product depends on its quality and a very appealing presentation and perfect preservation are a must when the product arrives at stores. ULMA offers a huge range of flexible packaging solutions for chicken, turkey and any type of poultry or poultry products, such as eggs, pâtés, cold cuts, cured duck breast, chicken hamburgers or skewers, among other products.

Our full range of solutions for the poultry sector caters to all needs, from handling and loading the product, packing in boxes and final palletising, and, obviously, packaging, with the option of choosing from Stretch film, Flow pack, Thermoforming, Traysealing and Vertical. 5 different technologies to cater to all your needs.

Do you want to find out more about our comprehensive solutions? Read more about our fully automated solutions for the poultry sector and contact any of our offices around the world. We will find a solution in the shortest time possible.