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New Food Collaboration Aims To Make Plastic Packaging More Sustainable

By Dave Simpson

Nine Irish agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable. Plastics Action Alliance is the new collaboration that includes market leaders from Ireland’s beef, poultry, pork, lamb, fruit, vegetables and packed salad sectors. Aidan Cotter, former CEO of Bord Bia, will act as chair the Alliance.

Members

Members of Plastics Action Alliance are ABP (beef), Manor Farm (poultry), Irish Country Meats (lamb), Rosderra (pork), Keelings (fruit), Monaghan Mushrooms (mushrooms), Country Crest (vegetables and prepared meals), Nature’s Best (salads) and C&D Foods (petfood).

The project will be driven by a steering committee made up of senior executives from each of the participating companies.

Reducing Single Use Packaging

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All participants will use their collective food production experience and expertise to significantly reduce problematic single use packaging from the supply chain while introducing innovative and more sustainable alternatives. The group will also work with leading researchers in the area of plastics and packaging, and leverage their extensive international networks to ensure successful outcomes.

"A Significant Development"

Commenting on the programme's launch, Cotter said, "The coming together of nine of the leading key players in Irish food production to look to arrive at solutions for the issue of plastics packaging is a significant development. These companies are leaders in their respective sectors and their combined experience will create a dynamic force that will likely punch well above its weight in seeking tangible solutions for the significant reduction of the use of plastic packaging on Ireland’s supermarket shelves."

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