Lidding films

What is lidding film? 

Lidding films are used to form a protective layer that is usually sealed to rigid containers such as cardboard, aluminium foil or plastic punnets and trays. The lidding film can either be welded to the container, in which case it will need to be punctured to gain access to the product, or peelable films for easy opening and resealable films can be used so consumers can peel and reseal throughout use.

Lidding film applications

As technology has developed lidding films have become much more widely used and are now an integral part of the packaging solution for a wide variety of applications across frozen, chilled, ambient, fresh and ovenable food.

Lidding films protect products, maintaining quality and freshness. Barrier films can be used for lidding to maintain the balance of gases in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) for products such as sliced meats and cheese or fresh fish, meat and poultry. Other products such as cut fruit that require OTR’s to extend shelf-life or microwaveable ready prepared vegetables and ready meals that need to vent steam will benefit from lidding films with hot needle perforation.



Ready meals
Pre-prepared vegetables



Dips & coleslaw
Sliced cheese
Cooked & cured sliced meat
Pasta salads & sauces
Snack foods - cocktail sausages, scotch eggs



Nuts & dried fruit
Bakery products



Prepared salads
Prepared fruit
Fresh fish & seafood
Fresh meat
Fresh pasta

Ovenable / microwaveable

Ovenable / microwaveable

Ready prepped vegetables
Ready meals

Types of lidding films - different options and their properties 

Our range of lidding film offers recyclable and resealable packaging solutions for both pre-formed and thermoformed trays to cover a multitude of different applications.

Our weld seal and peelable films are perfect for APet, CPet, RPET, aluminium, PP, PE, cardboard and pulp lined trays.


Our PET lidding films are available in clear, white, matt and metallised options and can be used as a mono film or laminated with PE. PET films are ideal for high barrier, microwaveable and ovenable applications and can be supplied with hot needle perforations if required.


PE films come in peelable and resealable variants and are available in clear, white, matt and a range of colours.

Characteristics of our lidding films:

Stand out from the crowd: decorative flexographic printing on flexible films for fruit and vegetables

Customer benefits

  • Prevents leakage and cross-contamination throughout the supply chain
  • Allows your customer to see your product
  • Labelling information can be printed on the lidding film to reduce cost and packaging weight
  • Printed lidding offers a high definition, quality branding opportunity
  • Consumer convenience of resealable lids for products such as cheese and meat slices
  • Lidding films using barrier films or perforation extend shelf-life and reduce waste
  • Lidding keeps the product in place which maximises retail shelf space

Environmentally conscious choices




Flexible films are a lightweight packaging solution and resealable lidding films negate the need for secondary packaging, labelling or more-bulky closures.

This has a positive impact on the food sector by reducing the amount of unnecessary plastic packaging.

Lidding films with good barrier properties suited to improving the shelf-life of your product will also contribute to reducing food waste and deliveries.

Barrier Flexible Packaging Film
PCR – Plastic tax exempt flexible packaging films

PCR and recyclable lidding films

Terinex Flexibles also has sustainable lidding film options including films made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) content and OPRL recyclable film.

  • PET film with Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) content from 30-90%
  • Recyclable PE to MDOPE laminate
  • OPRL recyclable CPP

Flexible films made from PCR content of 30% or more are exempt from the Plastic Packaging Tax.

Preserving perfection: the role of barrier films in sustainable packaging solutions

By using barrier films you are already contributing to being more sustainable as packaging products in materials with poor barrier properties can impair shelf-life leading to an increase in food waste and the need for more frequent deliveries. However, there are also more sustainable barrier films and coated papers that you may choose to use.

  • Compostable film
  • Recyclable film
  • PCR (post-consumer recycled) film
  • Coated paper
  • Coated monoplastics

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