2/ Délifrance is committed to having 100% sustainable packaging by 2025: what does it mean exactly ?
We have adopted the 3 R’s:
Minimize the weight (gauge) of all packaging elements to the minimum while maintaining their integrity to deliver our products safe and intact to our customers.
Minimize the size of the packaging to enable the maximum to be transported.
We are working to ensure that we are utilizing the maximum amount of recycled content within our packaging considering the type of packaging and any food safety risk.
Our cardboard boxes are produced from 100% certified sustainable cardboard and are 100% recyclable.
As mentioned earlier; we are currently working to ensure that all of our plastic packaging is recyclable.
We are eliminating non-recyclable polystyrene and complex plastics and replacing with cardboard or mono-polymer plastics which are recyclable.
Our aim is that we will be only utilizing recyclable packaging globally by latest 2025 and we are on track to achieve this within our European factories by 2022.
3/ What are the challenges that you face ?
Our packaging is principally there to ensure that our product is delivered to our customer safe, intact and in a suitable format for them to use; so when we make any packaging changes we need to ensure that these requirements are fulfilled.
Food safety is therefore a significant consideration especially when utilizing packaging which contains recycled materials due to the potential risk of toxic chemicals migrating into the product. Internationally requirements also have to be confirmed as there are specific country regulations and even customer requirements which need to be considered in our packaging.