Smurfit Kappa has been crowned 'Best Sustainable Supplier' at this year’s Nestlé Supplier awards, which took place recently.
The packaging company, which has a strong track record in creating innovative and sustainable solutions, won a total of five awards including an ‘Outstanding Individual’ award and three other individual awards for stand-out service.
Smurfit Kappa UK’s collaboration with Nestlé has focused on creating innovative packaging solutions which reduce carbon footprint when integrated into the supply chain, the company said.
The award acknowledges improvements such as removing the plastic wrapping on Nestlé UK’s Azera Nitro Col Brew Coffee product.
Smurfit Kappa designed a 100% recyclable shelf-ready pack which protects the product while also increasing the available print area to showcase the brand.
The new solution will remove an estimated 26,000m2 of plastic shrink wrap from the supply chain in the first year, an area almost as big as four football pitches.
“Packaging plays an invaluable role in guarding against waste alongside bringing a range of other customer benefits like brand identity and supply chain optimisation,” Michelle McClements, national accounts director at Smurfit Kappa UK, said.
Since the launch of its Better Planet Packaging initiative in 2018, Smurfit Kappa said that has committed to using its expertise in recycling, paper, design and packaging to develop sustainable solutions which reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
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