Close collaboration across the value chain sees Sappi driving forward innovation for sustainable packaging solutions

Close collaboration across the value chain sees Sappi driving forward innovation for sustainable packaging solutions

October 22, 2019
Lloyd Fuller

With the increased global push for environmentally friendly and sustainable paper-based packaging solutions, Plastic Free World Conference & Expo exhibitor Sappi has made great strides in developing breakthrough proprietary barrier technology to offer new opportunities to satisfy this need

Greener alternative packaging solutions enabled Sappi to closely collaborate with the world’s largest F&B company, Nestlé, to support the launch of the YES! snack bar wrapped in recyclable paper. Sappi worked in partnership with Nestlé and packaging supplier, Constantia Flexibles, to develop solutions suitable for recyclable paper production processes.

“Sappi has been working with leading consumer brand owners to develop and supply renewable paper-based packaging solutions understanding and supporting the goals of making their packaging recyclable without compromising on food protection and shelf life,” commented Susanne Oste, vice president of Innovations and Sustainability at Sappi Europe. “One example of this is the new Sappi Guard range of products providing brand owners with a paper confectionery wrapper to meet market demand for more sustainable products.”

“The acquisition in 2017 of barrier film technology company Rockwell Solutions Limited (Rockwell Solutions) of Dundee, Scotland, gave Sappi the opportunity to enhance its product offering by adding recyclable barrier coatings to its products,” revealed Thomas Kratochwill, vice president of sales and marketing, Packaging and Speciality Papers at Sappi Europe. “The recent launch of the YES! bar by Nestlé provides a clear example of the benefits brought through collaboration across the value chain in our joint efforts to increase the use of recyclable packaging made from renewable wood fiber.”

“This is an important step towards more sustainable products that may innovate the confectionery packaging,” concluded Stefan Grote, executive vice president, Consumer, at Constantia Flexibles when discussing the partnership with Sappi. “We are very proud of this successful joint effort in the project with Nestlé and passionate to drive sustainable packaging solutions globally.”

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