Fazer beginning cooperation with Sulapac

Fazer beginning cooperation with Sulapac

December 3, 2019
Lloyd Fuller

Sulapac and Fazer kicked off a collaboration project in 2018 with the aim of researching, developing and testing microplastic-free, compostable packaging solutions for foodstuffs. The first output of the collaboration – a box made of Sulapac containing Fazer’s traditional handmade pralines – became available at the end of November. Fazer is the first company with which Sulapac has engaged in the product development of food packaging

The need for action to combat climate change, preserve biodiversity and overcome other environmental challenges is becoming increasingly urgent. Fazer focuses on reducing emissions and the amount of food waste, develops more and more sustainable packaging, and increases the use of plant-based ingredients in its products. At the end of November, Fazer brought to the market a new praline box made of Sulapac – a wood-based material innovation, which is compostable and microplastic-free. The box is available in the shop of the Fazer Experience Visitor Centre, in Fazer Cafés, Gateau bakery shops and, online, in the Fazer Store.

The product development of the praline box lasted for almost 18 months. Sulapac and Fazer wanted to come up with an end product that was of premium quality and safe to both humans and the environment. The various phases of the product development included tests on the material’s sensory suitability and the product’s shelf life as well as the design and printing of the final concept.

Fazer is actively involved in discussions concerning the recycling and re-use of packaging materials, and also the development of new kinds of environmentally friendly packaging solutions. The food industry cannot do away with packaging altogether: packaging – including plastic packaging, for the time being – will continue to be needed to protect products, ensure the safety of foodstuffs, increase products’ shelf life and ultimately help reduce food waste, and to provide product information to consumers. “Consumers are making increasingly conscious choices when it comes to packaging,” said Nathalie Ahlström, managing director of Fazer Confectionery and a packaging industry expert. “Fazer studies and tests new alternatives continuously, and we actively aim to improve the recyclability of packaging materials. We encourage consumers to recycle after the product has been consumed and are therefore renewing the markings concerning sorting on our packages as of the beginning of 2020.”

With a mission to save the world from plastic waste, Sulapac develops recyclable materials and products that are microplastic-free and made from renewable raw materials. Sulapac is an award-winning material innovation based on wood chips and biodegradable binders. The wood chips are the forest industry’s side streams and come from sustainably managed forests. Fazer participates in the development of Sulapac into a packaging material that meets the needs of the food industry. Fazer is also the first food industry company to use Sulapac’s unique innovation in its packaging.

“We’re proud to be furthering our vision in cooperation with Fazer,” concluded Suvi Haimi, Sulapac’s CEO, when asked about the company’s collaboration with the iconic Finnish brand. “We need more bold pioneers like Fazer to be able overcome the world’s plastic waste problem.”

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