Innovative oak-smoked roast-in-the-bag pulled pork product wins top award

Shortlisted for an award: a roasting bag that smokes the food

A PRODUCT using an innovative ‘oak smoked’ cooking bag solution from Sirane food packaging has won first place in the Super Meat & Fish Awards 2015.

The Tesco Finest Pulled Pork Shoulder in Bourbon Sauce – made by Cranswick Foods and using a Sirane oven-cooking/roasting bag with an oak-flavoured wood-chip sachet to flavour the food – won the top prize in the best pork or bacon product category.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Cranswick Foods have come up with a stunning product, and it is no surprise to anyone at Sirane that it has won this sought-after award.

“The cooking bag technology allows the food to be sold in store in a very simple-to-use ready-to-cook format, while the ‘smoking sachet’ really enhances the flavour. The bag uses a non-stick layer which allows the smokey flavour to permeate, creating a stunning meal.

“Great flavours paired with great cooking technology is always going to be a winner.”

The finals of the Super Meat & Fish Awards 2015 were held at the Hilton on Pack Lane on July 2nd. The other two finalists in the best pork or bacon category were Asda Butchers’ Selection Ultimate Pack of Pork Ribs and Morrisons Pork & Spanish Chorizo Burger.

Three years ago Asda’s Chicken Breast Fillet with Tikka Spiced Butter product using Sirane’s Sira-Cook Self-Seal bag won the best packaging innovation award at the same awards.

Our wood-chip sachets for ‘smoking food’ are also used in our BBQ/Oven Smoking Bags, the latest addition to our Thinking-Cooking retail range. The bags come with a non-stick layer, and the sachet is placed below the layer to infuse the food during the cooking process.

The bags can be used in the oven, or on a BBQ, griddle or hot-plate, and are a great way to enhance sales of seafood, meat, poultry and vegetables by offering something different. As-well as a retail range, they could also be used for over-the-counter sales.

Sira-Cook Supreme Smoking Bags can be fully heat-sealed, allowing it to be the perfect retail solution. It can be filled, heat-sealed and shipped into store as a ready-meal ready for the BBQ, or simply sealed behind the counter and handed over to the customer.

Jeremy Haydn-Davies, sales director, said: “The bag's versatility could be a distinct advantage, as it can be sold and used in so many different ways. It can be shipped into store as a product, filled and sold over the counter, or retailers could simply sell the bags alongside their products - users would simply need to put in the ingredients, fold over the ends and cook - genuine versatility in one product. And if the sun doesn’t come out, use the oven.

”The Smoking Bag option offers a fabulous way of enhancing flavours and offering something different. The smokey flavour can really transform the meal.”

BBQ/Oven Smoking Bags are available as packs of three in either small or medium sizes. Other products in the range include Slow-Cooker Liners, nylon Roasting Bags, Steam-Cooking Bags for oven/microwave, Deli-Fresh food bags and Fat-Traps.

Sirane is a highly innovative packaging product development-to-manufacture company based in Telford, Shropshire. Specialisms include absorbency and cooking bags.

For more information on this or any product in the Sirane food packaging range, email or call +44 1952 230055.

Seafood sales rocket during cooking bag store trial

Ready Chef Go! seafood meals sold during the store trial

COOKING bags proved a huge hit with customers at a major US grocery store earlier this month as seafood sales went through the roof during a successful store trial.

The trial at a store in Idaho showed a 48% increase in seafood sales over a one-week period – with more than 350 added-value packaged meals sold during the week.

The store used Sirane self-seal steam-cooking bags – sold in the US under the Ready, Chef, Go brand by Elkay Plastics – to package fresh seafood with flavoured butters as ready meals.

Meals such as Salmon & Asparagus with Brazilian Garlic Butter, Tilapia and Green Beans with Parmesan & Black Pepper Butter, and Peeled Shrimp with Garlic Scampi Butter were created and offered to shoppers as a ‘grab-and-go’ fresh seafood ready meal. Meals were also offered over-the counter at the seafood counter, where customers could choose combinations

Elkay Plastics – Sirane’s exclusive distributor in the US and Canada for self-seal steam cooking bags and oven/BBQ bags – devised the Ready Chef Go programme in order to offer grocery stores a complete package which will allow them to grow sales.

Adam Green, President of Sirane North America, said: “The store trial was a resounding success, so much so that the chain’s president paid a visit on the last day. Customers loved the simple and convenient way they could take home a fresh, tasty meal.

“A fresh fish dish, with stunning flavours – and all they had to do was cook in the oven for 15-20 minutes or microwave for 3-4 minutes. Ready Chef Go’s tagline is ‘Dinner is Done’ and this showed why. We also did a tasting session, and the feedback was very positive.”

The bags are self-seal, and can be used in the oven or microwave where the food is steam cooked. Steam-cooking is a very healthy and very flavoursome way of cooking food. All the flavours and goodness of the food is retained in the bag, which is odour and leak-proof.

To make the programme easy, a choice of compound sauce, butter and glaze selections devised by chef Eric Carre – a renowned culinary expert specialising in new product development – has been made available to stores using Ready Chef Go.

“All the stores have to do,” added Adam, “is pair the selections with meat and seafood in the bags, or alternatively offer the customers the choice for over-the-counter sales. This is about making stunning seafood meals easier for both retailer and consumer.”

Butters offered include Creamy Bacon Srichacha, Maple Bourbon and Thai Coconut Curry, while sauces offered include Pineapple Teriyaki, Thai Red Curry and Lemon Dill.

The programme comes with a host of marketing materials – including badges, counter displays, floor pads, and large store banners – as well as training and support.

Simon Balderson, Sirane MD, said: “Elkay Plastics has devised a fantastic brand in Ready Chef Go, and it allows retailers to make the most of fresh seafood, poultry and vegetable sales and maximise profits. In the store trial not only did the store sell 48% more seafood, but the seafood was sold for a much higher margin; the results were stunning.”

Elkay Plastics is offering steam-cooking bags in a variety of sizes and colours, including self-seal and heat-seal, and oven/BBQ bags (branded as grilling bags) with the same options.

Elkay Plastics is a major distributor in the US with an international presence. Based in Commerce, California, they supply into food service, industrial and healthcare markets. The company has seven additional US sites, and also supplies into Mexico and Canada.

Sirane is a highly innovative packaging product development-to-manufacture company based in Telford, Shropshire. Specialisms include absorbency and cooking bags.

Email or call +44 1952 230055 for more details. For more information on the Ready Chef Go programme, visit

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