Nestle Prepared Foods Co. has announced plans to convert the plastic trays used to package its Stouffer's family and large-sized ready meals to paperboard packaging.

"Our company is always searching for efficiencies and ways to reduce our impact on the environment. One area we've explored is converting CPET, or plastic, trays to paperboard," president and CEO Angelo Iantosca said.

"We tested paperboard packaging with the launch of our three Stouffer's Easy Express items earlier this year. The tray material performed well, meeting our strict standards in the areas of product safety and quality. Based on that success, we've decided that we will use the paperboard tray across the Stouffer's Family Size business."

Iantosca said that the move builds on a number of initiatives to increase the efficiency of packaging. 

"Our improvements did not just impact packaging consumption," he continued. "Our packaging redesign, coupled with an initiative to optimize the number of cases we can fit onto a pallet, helped us reduce diesel fuel consumption by 206,443 gallons annually and wood pallet usage by 4.7m pounds."