Supplied by RPC Bebo Plastik, the tray is in the style of a casserole dish. The casserole meals will be sold under the La Cuisine d’Océane brand--the second largest French ready meal brand in the microwaveable tray sector--following a €100,000 investment in the development of the project.
To further mimic the look of a casserole dish, the dual-coloured trays--which are produced from a multilayer PP/EVOH/PP structure to give the retorted products an extended ambient shelf life of 12 months--have been designed with a red exterior and a black interior. The trays have a capacity of 350 g as opposed to the more traditional market standard 300 g to provide a larger family-size portion.
The three varieties in the range--Charolais beef and carrots in sauce, Montbéliard sausage and vegetable hotpot and Aveyron and Ségala veal Marengo--have all been developed to be free from artificial colours and flavours while combining tasty, wholesome flavours. Initially launched at the Monoprix retail chain, the ready meals are now being distributed to other major supermarket chains.