This coated folding boxboard is like a child on a snow day—with just one coat on and ready for the low temps. FDA approved and ideal for refrigerated and frozen foods, just like your snow-loving child, cold definitely won’t be stopping this paper.

Chocolates, cookies, cakes—and no, we’re not talking about our ideal grocery list, we’re talking about a few things you could package in this FDA-approved paperboard. And with double coating on the topside, your confetti ice cream pie won’t be the only thing with multiple heavenly coats on top.

K-R-A-F-T…that’s how America spells cheese—uh, we mean paperboard. That’s how America spells Coated Folding Boxboard KRAFTback/RC. But in our defense, this paperboard is FDA approved for direct contact with dry foods—from late-night creamy Velveeta to macaroni and cheese.

Just like Steve Carrell at 40, this paperboard is made with 100% virgin fibers. By replacing the white face with natural fibers, it reduces chemicals in the manufacturing process which helps decrease the carbon footprint of this paper. Nothing purer than that!

Basis Wt. Caliper Brightness GSM
126 11.8 88.5 205
138 13.6 88.5 225
147 14.6 88.5 240
153 16 88.5 250
165 18 88.5 270
177 20 88.5 290
195 22 88.5 315
210 24 88.5 340
228 26 88.5 370


To get the full specs, download our spec sheet above.


Basis Wt. Caliper Brightness GSM
132 14 86 215
144 16 86 235
153 17 86 250
159 19 86 260
168 20 86 275
180 21 86 295
189 22 86 310
201 24 86 325
228 28 86 370


To get the full specs, download our spec sheet above.

Basis Wt. Caliper Brightness GSM
111 11 83 180
123 12.4 83 200
138 14.4 83 225
150 15.7 83 245
156 17 83 255
162 18 83 265
174 20 83 285
180 21 83 295
189 22 83 310
204 24 83 330
213 26 83 345
228 28 83 370


To get the full specs, download our spec sheet above.

Basis Wt. Caliper Brightness GSM
114 12 31 185
132 14 31 215
147 16 31 240
162 18 31 265
174 20 31 285
186 22 31 305
204 24 31 320
213 26 31 345
231 28 31 375


To get the full specs, download our spec sheet above.

Available Locations

Philadelphia*, PA

499 East Tioga Street

Philadelphia, PA 19134

(215) 634-6500

Chicago*, IL

900 West 45th Street

Chicago, IL 60609

(773) 927-4151

Los Angeles*, CA

9168 Hermosa Avenue

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730

(909) 476-1500

Miami*, FL

3333 N.W. 116th Street

Miami, FL 33167

(305) 681-2273

High Point*, NC

2018 Brevard Road

High Point, NC 27263

(336) 887-2651

Osgood*, IN

604 Railroad Avenue

Osgood, IN 47037

(812) 747-9118

All About CMPC Paperboard for Food Packaging

Looking for a paperboard for food packaging that’s coated (or uncoated) and ready to hold all things dry, fatty, refrigerated, or frozen? CMPC products can “C”  themselves becoming your favorite folding boxboard! With four different varieties to choose from, Case Paper’s CMPC paperboard product line offers a little something for everybody in a neat little package (or it will be, once you fold it up into one). Let’s talk about the benefits of each type of CMPC. 

First, there’s CMPC GC1, which is HP-digital Certified and complies with the FDA’s standards for contact with foods that are fatty or dry. It’s also cooler than the Fonz, in that it is designed to handle cold temperatures well. That makes it perfect for fridge or freezer-bound packaging.

Next in the CMPC lineup, we’ve got CMPC Maule GC2, which the FDA says is good to go for direct contact with dry foods. What can you put in a Maule GC2 box? Cookies, cakes, chocolates—basically, Maule GC2’s double coating makes it the perfect guest for your next tea party. 

RC is the third type of CMPC boxboard we carry, and it’s all about packaging your dry foods. It also enjoys taking cool trips (to the fridge or freezer). It features a double coating and Kraft back, which is unbleached chemical pulp. 

Finally, there’s Natural Kraft. If you’ve got sustainability on top of your priority list, this is the CMPC boxboard for you. It’s made with 100% virgin fibers and keeps its carbon footprint down by not bleaching those natural fibers.

Whichever type of CMPC paperboard ends up being the right match for your packaging project, you’ll get a foldable boxboard that’s approved for use with food. That sounds like a delicious pairing to us!

Get to Know The Mill That Makes Our CMPC Paperboard Line

Our mill partner, CMPC Boxboard is a subsidiary of a Spanish company called Empresas CMPC SpA. They’ve been making paperboard since 1951, almost as long as Case Paper has been in business! 

CMPC Boxboard prides itself on using the best technology and the best materials to create high-quality products. When it comes to sustainability, CMPC Boxboard ensures it seeks out empirically supported solutions to improve the environmental impact of its processes. This is all in line with CMPC’s core values: Respect, Integrity, Courage, and Collaboration. We never get “board” of hearing ideals like that!

Frequently Asked Questions

What is boxboard?

The aptly named boxboard is paperboard that is on the stronger side, designed to be folded up and turned into boxes. The boxes you make out of boxboard can be used for many different types of packaging, but if we’re talking CMPC boxboards, it’s all about being the perfect paperboard for food packaging. But, you can always use some “out of the box” thinking and get creative with applications!

What are the benefits of the different types of CMPC? 

The different CMPC products we carry all have their own special benefits, and which you should choose depends on what you need to package, how you want the packaging to look, and what kind of environment it needs to thrive in. 

If you’re looking to create packaging for frozen foods, or foods that need to be kept in the fridge, that’s a great application for GC1 or RC. To decide between the two, decide whether the additional strength of kraft would be a benefit, as RC has it while GC1 does not.

Looking for a super strong paper board? Choosing one of our kraft varieties, RC or Natural Kraft, is a great idea, as kraft paperboard tends to be as strong as an ox. Maybe they should call it “oxboard!” 

GC2 has a double coating, so it’s best when you want your paperboard to be super smooth, and still capable of having direct contact with dry foods like cereal, pasta, and beans. 

Natural Kraft is not only strong, but if you’re prioritizing environmental friendliness, you’ll appreciate that it does not use a whitening agent. This premium paperboard keeps its carbon footprint lower by keeping it natural, while also giving it a rustic chic appearance that just screams, “My product is eco-friendly!” That way, you can stop losing your voice screaming that at customers. Just letting the packaging do it for you is better for everyone.

Do CMPC products qualify as paperboard for food packaging? 

Yes! All four types of CMPC that Case Paper carries meet FDA standards for use with food, although the exact purposes for which they qualify varies by type. For example, GC1 is best for refrigerated or frozen foods, and meets the FDA’s qualifications for dry and fatty foods. If you’re planning to stick just dry foods in the fridge or freezer, RC is another choice for that packaging, and it’s extra strong because of its kraftback. 

If you need a folding boxboard that can come into direct contact with dry foods, the FDA has given GC2 that seal of approval. Want natural-looking food packaging that’s also strong and good for nature? It’s right there in the name of CMPC Natural Kraft.

So, whenever you need a folding boxboard for packaging food, Case Paper has a CMPC paperboard that is perfect for that.

What can I use CMPC paperboards for? 

Just this once, think inside the box! That’s because CMPC products fold up into fantastic boxes to hold food. With their smooth, coated (and in some cases, double-coated!), or uncoated and natural, yet still high-end, surfaces, CMPC boxboards are the ideal paperboard for food packaging that needs sharp printing and may need to work in cold environments.

Do I need coated paperboard or uncoated paperboard? What is the difference between coated vs. uncoated paperboard?

The difference between coated paperboard and uncoated paperboard is just what it sounds like: a coat! Specifically, coated paper wears a coat of clay or other materials that make the paperboard smoother. So stylish!

Is a hotdog a sandwich? Are we being watched by aliens? Should I use uncoated or coated paperboard? All questions that have plagued humanity since the dawn of time. We can answer one of them (it’s the paperboard one). Coated paperboard is best for packaging that needs its printing to pop! Coated paperboard absorbs less ink, so graphics tend to appear a bit sharper. By contrast, uncoated paperboard absorbs more ink, but provides a rougher surface that’s easier to write on, if that is something you anticipate will happen to your packaging.

Which is the most environmentally friendly type of CMPC?

All of the CMPC products that Case Paper carries are made by a company, CMPC, that focuses on sustainability, just like we do. However, CMPC Natural Kraft has a special attribute that makes it extra environmentally friendly. The top side is left natural, rather than bleached to be white. That means it takes fewer chemicals to make Natural Kraft, which in turn lessens the carbon footprint of the process of manufacturing it. It also means that, like a trend-setting hipster, it stands out from the crowd with its cool, natural appearance.

Tell me all about Case Paper.

Your wish is our command! After all, that’s kind of the theme around here, because Case Paper’s motto is to always be “On the Case” for our customers. What does that mean? It means when you need something, we would walk 500 miles and we would walk 500 more, just to be the paper and board company that’d walk 1000 miles to bring it to your door. Metaphorically walking, that is. We generally deliver products in trucks. 

What else do you need to know about Case Paper? How about our sweet sustainability cred. We see that the environment around us needs protecting, and we never re-tree-t from a challenge. In fact, we’ve made the 3Ps of sustainability (Planet, People, and Product) a huge part of our work and our organizational culture. Let us tell you all about it!

When it comes to being mindful of our planet, one way we do this is by keeping our waste low and another is by keeping our innovation high. Low waste means that we looked at our office waste, our factory waste, and, more granularly, our sheeter trim waste, and we reduced them all. 

At the same time, we’ve been turning up the innovation to turn down our energy usage. How? By turning on the lights! LED light bulbs, that is, which we’ve implemented in place of traditional bulbs across all our facilities. We’ve also started equipping our warehouses with motion sensors for the lights, so electricity won’t get wasted when no one is in the room. We’ve also had the bright idea to contribute to TICCIT, a paperboard industry program that teaches youth about the importance of recycling and sustainability. Finally, at our Chicago office, we’re keeping the lights on with solar power! We’re working towards supplying 90% of the energy needed to run our Chicago division with solar. Don’t worry, we’ve been wearing plenty of sunscreen.

Now, about the people aspect of sustainability. We treat our employees like family, and that means keeping them safe, supporting causes they believe in, and caring about what they think. We provide a safe work environment with training in OSHA standards, First Aid, and CPR. We also donate to and volunteer with nonprofits that are improving our community. Finally, we do an engagement survey twice a year to make sure our employees’ input is heard. 

Finally, Case Paper fosters sustainability by carrying sustainable products. So while all of Case Paper’s products are impacted by the environmentally friendly practices we’ve adopted across our facilities, our sustainable product line showcases the products that go the extra mile. That means they feature things like FSC and PEFC certifications and PCW (post-consumer waste) components.

To sum up, we’re Case Paper: a longstanding, family company and a professional paper partner who will do just about anything to make your project a success, all while taking good care of our Earth. 

How can I place an order for CMPC products? Is there anything I need to know about minimum orders, shipping time, costs, etc.?

Over the 80 years we’ve been in business, one thing has stayed the same at Case Paper: our commitment to making a personal connection with our customers. In other words, we think that when you’re doing something as important as ordering materials for your business, you should get to talk to a fellow human being. After all, in today’s internet world things can be so impersonal. How do you know that dog can really skateboard if you’ve never met him? 

So, how do you determine the best type of CMPC for your project, find out how much paperboard you need to order, get a quote, figure out the logistics of shipping, and get all your other questions answered? Give us a call! Case Paper representatives are all super cool and super knowledgeable about all things paper and board. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about CMPC and more, so just fill out this form to contact us today!

Order Samples of Any or All of Our Line of CMPC Paperboard for Food Packaging

Now that we’ve intrigued you by listing the merits of the different types of CMPC paperboard, you’re sure to want to meet them in person! With so many fantastic options, who could blame you? You’ll want to see how smooth they are, and even try folding them for yourself. So, how do you go about making it possible to do that? It’s easy! Just click here to order your samples, fill out a quick form, maybe have a snack if you want, and then get ready to check out some paperboard!