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Greencore Group PLC
27 July 2021
27 July 2021
Greencore Group plc
Fully-recyclable sandwich packaging to be trialled in UK
Greencore Group plc ('Greencore' or the 'Group'), a leading UK
manufacturer of convenience foods, is pleased to announce that, in
partnership with the Co-op and Sainsbury's, it will soon commence
'test and learn' trials of an all fibre plastic free recyclable
sandwich skillet in stores across the UK.
The packaging, developed in conjunction with ProAmpac and
believed to be the first of its type in the world, will have a
plastic-free window and be made entirely from paper-based material.
Due to the level of moisture resistance the skillet provides,
sandwiches packaged in the new skillet will have the same shelf
life as if they were packaged in a traditional skillet.
Subject to successful trials, which commence in September 2021,
and the proposition meeting all parties' performance criteria,
roll-out of the new packaging will begin later in the year. In
time, Greencore expects to make these new packaging techniques
available to the wider UK market.
Development of the fully-recyclable skillet sees Greencore
deliver on one of the key commitments outlined in its 2020
Sustainability Report. The Sustainability Report also contains a
range of pledges across the areas of sourcing, manufacturing, and
community engagement. Further commitments include:
-- All surplus product will be donated to local communities by 2022
-- A deforestation-free supply chain by 2025
-- All raw materials will be sustainably sourced by 2030
-- Product development will be equally split between animal
protein versus plant-rich alternatives by 2030
Andy Wright, Head of Sustainability at Greencore, commented:
"Consumers are increasingly aware not just of the importance of
their own health but also of the impact their food has on the
health of the planet. Developing a fully recyclable sandwich
skillet is one of the key ways we can reduce waste and help our
customers do their bit to protect the environment.
"This is not a problem we can solve alone, though. The
complexities of the challenges we face require collective action,
inside and outside our industry, and Greencore is pleased to have
such supportive customers who share our enthusiasm for making great
food for all, that's accessible, healthy and sustainable."
Breige Donaghy, Director of Delicious Food, Co-op, said:
"We've worked closely with Greencore from the start on the
development of the compostable sandwich packaging and implemented
the first trial of its use in our pop-up store at Glastonbury
Festival in 2019 with great success.
"The trial aligns with Co-op's ambition to reduce the use of
virgin plastic and how we've also worked to ensure that all of our
own-brand packaging is now fully recyclable. We're looking forward
to seeing the new packaging on shelves this autumn and are
confident it will resonate with our members and customers."
Claire Hughes, Director of Product, Packaging and Innovation at
Sainsbury's, commented :
"Our customers want tasty, great quality food that they can
enjoy on the go, which is also better for the planet. We are
committed to making recycling easier for our customers while
reducing our use of plastic packaging by 50% by 2025 and working
collaboratively with our suppliers is key to achieving our targets
and driving change. We are pleased to be trialling this innovative
new sandwich packaging with Greencore and helping our customers
reduce plastic when they shop with us."
Graham Williams, Global Managing Director of Fresh Food
Packaging at ProAmpac commented:
"Introducing this fibre-based sandwich pack, which is plastic
free with an extended shelf life is a direct result of ProAmpac's
product development expertise along with Greencore's commitment to
sustainable packaging. Partnering with an industry leading company
like Greencore is critical in bringing to market the latest in
sustainable food packaging innovations."
We are a leading manufacturer of convenience food in the UK and
our purpose is to make every day taste better.
We supply all of the major supermarkets in the UK. We also
supply convenience and travel retail outlets, discounters, coffee
shops, foodservice and other retailers. We have strong market
positions in a range of categories including sandwiches, salads,
sushi, chilled snacking, chilled ready meals, chilled soups and
sauces, chilled quiche, ambient sauces and pickles, and frozen
We have 16 world-class manufacturing sites and 18 distribution
centres in the UK, with industry-leading technology and supply
chain capabilities. We generated revenues of GBP1.2bn in FY20 and
employ approximately 12,200 people. We are headquartered in Dublin,
For further information go to www.greencore.com or follow
Greencore on social media.
Co-op is one of the world's largest consumer co-operatives with
interests across food, funerals, insurance and legal services.
Owned by over 4 million UK consumers, the Co-op operates 2,600 food
stores, over 800 funeral homes and provides products to over 5,100
other stores, including those run by independent co-operative
societies and through its wholesale business, Nisa Retail Limited.
Employing over 60,000 people, the Co-op has an annual turnover of
GBP10 billion. As well as having clear financial and operational
objectives, the Co-op is a recognised leader for its social goals
and community-led programmes. The Co-op exists to meet members'
needs and stand up for the things they believe in. When Co-op
Members buy Co-op branded products and services, they receive a 2p
for every pound spent reward, and the same amount is donated to its
Local Community Fund for local causes and a new Community
Partnerships Fund, intended to support communities through
like-minded national charities and organisations.
Offering delicious, great quality food at competitive prices has
been at the heart of what we do since John James and Mary Ann
Sainsbury opened our first store in 1869. Today, inspiring and
delighting our customers with tasty food remains our priority.
Our purpose is that driven by our passion for food, together we
serve and help every customer.
Our focus on great value food and convenient shopping, whether
in-store or online is supported by our brands - Argos, Habitat, Tu,
Nectar and Sainsbury's Bank. Sainsbury's has over 600 supermarkets
and over 800 convenience stores. Argos is a leading digital
retailer and is the third most visited retail website in the UK,
with over 90 per cent of its sales starting online. Argos is
conveniently available for customers to collect from hundreds of
Sainsbury's stores. Digital and technology enables us to adapt as
customers shop differently and our profitable, fast-growing online
channels offer customers quick and convenient delivery and
Our 189,000 colleagues are integral to our success, now and in
ProAmpac is a leading global flexible packaging company with a
comprehensive product offering, providing creative packaging
solutions, industry-leading customer service and award-winning
innovation to a diverse global marketplace. ProAmpac's approach to
sustainability - ProActive Sustainability(R) - provides innovative
sustainable flexible packaging products to help our customers
achieve their sustainability goals. We are guided in our work by
four core values that are the basis for our success: Integrity,
Intensity, Innovation, and Involvement. Cincinnati-based ProAmpac
is owned by Pritzker Private Capital along with management and
co-investors. For more information, visit ProAmpac.com or contact
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