At Whitworths we carefully consider the impact of carbon emissions and food waste when specifying packaging solutions for our products.
Food safety is of paramount importance, and with careful selection of packaging we can help minimise food waste and carbon dioxide emissions by optimising shelf life. We also consider how consumers will use our products, either in one serving, or multiple servings over a period.
We fully support the ‘Circular Economy Process,’ whereby consumer packaging is manufactured from mono material with the specific aim of it being collected either, kerbside, or at Retailer designated recycling points. Once collected and processed this packaging is capable of being recycled into something else, rather than being landfilled, or incinerated. We already use recycled plastic for ‘non-food’ contact applications such as our ‘Shots’ display trays.
In addition to switching to mono materials, we have reduced the weight of plastic packaging used where-ever possible including the removal of reseal labels. There is still work to do and we are actively collaborating with suppliers to reduce plastic and paper packaging weight further.
Our ‘Shots, Fusions and Gastro’ ranges are already mono material and fully recyclable, as are the majority of our ‘Snacking Fruit’ range. Our aspiration is to use recyclable packaging across all our Branded products by 2025.