Union of European Soft Drinks Association sets new sustainability packaging goals

EU - The Union of European Soft Drinks Associations (Unesda) has set new sustainable packaging goals, including a commitment to ensure that 100% of soft drinks plastic packaging across the EU will be recyclable by 2025. According to FoodBev, other commitments made by the Union include a target to ensure that PET bottles used for…

Nampak shares rise after securing US$894m fund package

SOUTH AFRICA - Africa’s leading packaging company Nampak has released a trading update showing it had secured US$894.04 million long-term funding package in the 11-month period ended August, sending its share price 2.02% higher at $1.06 on bourse, reports IOL Business Report. The period was characterized by a strong first-half growth as volumes at Bevcan…

EABL, Bio Food Products and New KCC grab top sustainability honours

KENYA– East African Breweries Ltd (EABL), Bio Food Products and New KCC took first, second and third positions respectively from their initiatives on how to make their businesses more sustainable at the just concluded Africa Food Industry Excellence Awards. The event which will be remembered for its glitz, fun and networking, was the climax of…

Kenyan manufacturers move to stop plastic bottles ban

KENYA - Kenyan manufacturers have moved to stop a ban on plastic bottles and instead resolved to engage stakeholders to support recycling at all levels, reports Business Daily. According to Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) vice-chairman, Mr Mucai Kunyiha, manufacturers would engage recycling firms as well as support waste collectors to establish viable value chains…

PepsiCo joins Danone, Nestlé Waters and Origin Materials to the NaturALL Bottle Alliance

WORLD – PepsiCo Inc. has joined the Alliance to advance the shared goal of creating beverage containers with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, joining Danone, Nestle Waters and Origin Materials. The NaturALL Bottle Alliance is a research consortium formed in 2017 by Danone, Nestlé Waters and bio-based materials development company Origin Materials to accelerate the…

Cosmo Films introduces BOPP-based heat resistant films for packaging applications

INDIA - Cosmo Films, a global leader in speciality films for flexible packaging, lamination and labeling applications as well as synthetic paper introduces BOPP based heat resistant (HR) films. According to the company, the films have been engineered to work as printing layer replacing BOPET film in multilayer laminates for various packaging applications in both…

UK water and soft drinks manufacturers to eliminate packaging wastes by 2030

UK - Several leading bottled water and soft drinks manufacturers have lodged a report to the UK House of Commons, which outlines their ambition to eliminate packaging waste in the bottled water and soft drinks value chain by 2030. The roadmap was developed with input from companies such as Lucozade Ribena Suntory, Danone Waters (UK…

PepsiCo announces ambitions to achieve 50% recycled plastics by 2030

EU - PepsiCo has announced ambitions to achieve 50% recycled plastic (rPET) in its bottles by 2030 across the European Union (EU), with an interim target of 45% by 2025. According to the company, the move will see the multinational food, snack and beverage giant more than triple the amount of recycled plastic it uses, equating…

Government to tackle waste by producing biodegradable plastic bags with cassava

GHANA - The Federal Government of Ghana is planning to tackle the country’s sanitation challenges by exploring ways to produce biodegradable plastic bags using cassava, GNA reports. Speaking to a panel discussion at Ghana Economic Forum held in Accra, the Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia said they already had an entrepreneur in mind who has…

Swiggy launches marketplace program ‘Swiggy Packaging Assist’ for restaurant partners

ASIA - Swiggy, the Indian online restaurant firm has launched 'Swiggy Packaging Assist', a marketplace program that connects restaurants with vendors of eco-friendly and food grade certified materials, reports ET Retail. Restaurants will be able to access a variety of packing solutions for their menu needs with about 30 products to begin with. These include…