Mahou San Miguel invests US$3.75m to develop a sustainable chiller for the hospitality industry

SPAIN - Mahou San Miguel, a Spanish brewing company, has invested US$3.75 million in its hospitality industry to develop the company’s sustainable chiller. According to the FoodBev, the company said that the new Ecocooler chiller uses propane for refrigeration, which reduces the carbon emissions of the chiller to zero while increasing refrigeration yield by 8%.…

France to introduce penalty system for packaging made of non-recycled plastics

FRANCE - France plans to introduce a penalty system next year that would increase the costs of consumer goods with packaging made of non-recycled plastic. The project is part of a pledge to use only recycled plastic nationwide by 2025, an environment ministry official told Euractiv. Brune Poirson, secretary of state for ecological transition, said…

Plastic recycler Extrupet to inject US$15m into economy to meet recycling goals

SOUTH AFRICA - Africa’s largest PET bottle recycler Extrupet has announced plans to inject US$14.99 million into South Africa’s economy to help meet recycling and job creation goals for the next five years. Plans by Extrupet, which recycles about 2.5m plastic bottles per day, would help the country achieve its post-consumer recycling targets set for…

Recycling alliance partners with Lagos state on plastic waste clean-up and recycling

NIGERIA - The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Lagos State government to clean-up the state’s inland waterways of plastic and plastic and eventually initiate recycling of the same. A statement released by the group said that the initiative seeks to prevent plastic waste and other…

Packaging and paper group Mondi to shut down Durban facility

SOUTH AFRICA - The international packaging and paper group Mondi Plc is planning to stop operations at its Merebank, Durban processing facility blamed on declining margins and high input costs for hardwood pulp, Business Day has reported. The Durban facility, located in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province hosts one of its uncoated fine paper machines…

Industry pushback and violations derailing single-use plastic ban in India

INDIA- India has moved a stride further in promoting either a partial or complete ban on single-use plastics but the movement is derailed by lack of a proper enforcement strategy, violations of the law governing the ban and criticism from beverage firms, plastic industry organisations and other lobbyists. Some of the industry players have called…

Kraft Heinz commits to 100% reusable and compostable packaging by 2025

USA - The Kraft Heinz Company, has announced the expansion of its environmental stewardship strategy to include time-bound targets for achieving greater packaging sustainability and setting science-based goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. According to the company, as part of its commitment to reduce natural resource needs and manage overall environmental footprint, it supports the…

McDonald’s to recycle used cooking oil to power its delivery trucks

INDIA - McDonald’s franchise holder Hardcastle Restaurants Pvt Ltd is recycling its own used cooking oil to make biodiesel that is used to power all its delivery trucks in Mumbai. The energy from used cooking oil is also used to power the refrigeration system for the trucks. According to the company, the new source of…

SIG unveils a microwaveable hot drinks carton pack for on-the-go consumers

SWITZERLAND - SIG Holdings AG, the Switzerland based aseptic carton packaging and filling machines provider has developed an aluminium-free, microwaveable hot drinks carton pack, ‘Heat&Go’ targeting particularly Asia where on-the-go consumption is rising. The new Heat&Go aseptic pack replaces aluminium foil, has a high-barrier film and a light-blocking pigment thus protecting the product from oxygen…

Colombia pledges to eliminate deforestation from cocoa supply chain by 2020

COLOMBIA - The government of Colombia, along with cocoa companies Casa Luker and Compañía Nacional de Chocolates, has pledged to eliminate deforestation from the country’s cocoa supply chain by 2020. According to FoodBev, Colombia has joined the Cocoa and Forests Initiative, a global effort to ensure deforestation-free cocoa. The governments of Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire were…