Supply chain sustainability “must become cultural” for food processors, says Schoeller Allibert UK

28 April, 21

Food processors need to remain focused on the wider supply chain as a ‘sustainability shifts to become cultural, not just process-led’ says Schoeller Allibert UK, a leading manufacturer and supplier of returnable and recyclable plastic packaging solutions to the food processing sector.

MaxiNest Evo4Jon Walkington, Sales Director at Schoeller Allibert UK, comments: “The environmental footprint of the food manufacturing sector is firmly back in the spotlight. For many brands, sustainability took a back seat to volume over the last year, but as we move ever closer to Net Zero targets, it’s vital that the sector keeps its foot on the accelerator. We are now at a stage where the demands of the consumer are influencing sustainability policies higher up in the value chain than ever before. Shoppers want assurance that their purchases have a low carbon footprint overall, not just the end product and packaging in their hands.

“The consumer is powering sustainability through the wider food processing supply chain. Eco-friendly operations, now more than ever, must be treated as ingrained business culture. Innovation begins from the top down – how brands are tackling goods handling, logistics and warehousing has real bottom-line impacts when the consumer is so switched-on to ‘greener’ thinking.”

Schoeller Allibert UK, which supplies robust returnable and recyclable transit packaging to the food manufacturing and processing sector, has supported brands looking to drive sustainability even deeper into business operations. Its portfolio includes the pioneering and often-imitated Maxinest® stacking containers, created to add value in even the harshest of manufacturing environments.

Solutions developed by Schoeller Allibert – including an expansive range of boxes, pallets, containers and dollies – are designed to help operators increase supply chain efficiency, make better use of space and reduce food waste. In response to growing automation across food processing facilities, Schoeller Allibert UK has also developed full integration of tracking systems such as RFID tagging.

Walkington concluded: “For continued momentum, we cannot treat sustainability in isolation– it takes full supply chain integration to be meaningful. As a leading name in returnable transit packaging, we champion its tremendous benefits in terms of cost efficiencies, recyclability and sustainability. Embracing the benefits of robust, well designed, stackable and versatile containers to manage the complexities of today’s high-pressure food manufacturing industry is vital to protect the bottom line and the planet!”

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