Nine of Ireland’s leading agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to form the Plastics Action Alliance in order to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable.
The new alliance includes market leaders from Ireland’s beef, poultry, pork, lamb, fruit, vegetables, and packed salad sectors.
The project will be driven by a steering committee which is made up of senior executives from each of the participating companies, which includes; 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).
It will be chaired by Aidan Cotter, former CEO of Bord Bia.
“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,” Cotter said.
“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.”
All the participants will combine their collective knowledge and experience to significantly reduce single-use packaging from the supply chain, whilst also introducing innovative and more sustainable alternatives.
It will collaborate with leading international researchers in the area of plastics and packaging to ensure successful outcomes.
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