Paper-based trays are comparable in price to plastic trays.
The savings with heat-sealing is that the film used to cover the trays is included in the price of the tray, whereas the price of the plastic cover required for a plastic tray can represent an added cost of 50% to 80%.
Further savings are seen if those using all-plastic solutions feel compelled to double-wrap to avoid leaks.
Even if, according to some of our most recent clients, there have been significant price increases for many formats of styrofoam, it still costs less than our solutions.
Typically, meals packaged using a vacuum-sealed pouch are portioned in a fairly sturdy (usually plastic) tray, then in the pouch, which makes this packaging much more expensive than heat-sealed packaging.