Food and Beverage Companies Committed to Plastic Reduction

According to recent research, food and beverage companies are taking significant steps to reduce their assurance on plastic as a packaging material. Three of the top five commitments made by business leaders in response to sustainability challenges involve decreasing plastic usage.

Tetra Pak’s study specifically analyzed the attitudes of F&B manufacturers towards sustainability, both currently and in the upcoming five years.

Half of the surveyed businesses identified consumer demand as the primary driver for combining new sustainable solutions in manufacturing and processing. This aligns with findings from a Tetra Pak consumer study on packaging, which revealed that nearly three-quarters of respondents (74%) are more likely to purchase from brands that discuss environmental issues.

Additionally, 42% of people who answered believe sustainable packaging justifies a higher price, presenting a compelling argument for businesses to hold environmentally aware practices.

The business community’s increasing concern for environmental impact appears to be reaching a critical stage, as the need to implement strategies for reducing CO2 in the world’s food systems is expected to rise by 10% over the next five years, from 49% to 59%.

When asked about the role packaging and processing suppliers can play in this effort, 65% of companies highlighted the significance of new product innovations and underlined the key role of innovation in our collective battle against climate change.

Seventy-seven percent of businesses have indicated that they are ready to make cost-related modifications to adopt sustainable manufacturing and processing solutions, unlike the industry struggling with persistent macroeconomic obstacles.

This observation comes in the wake of COP28, where numerous private sector stakeholders promise sustainability goals and initiatives, demonstrated by Tetra Pak’s proactive stance on transforming food systems.

Food and Beverage Companies, Plastic Reduction

Gilles Tisserand, Vice President of Climate & Biodiversity at Tetra Pak, remarks that the food and beverage industry is currently facing an important stage. Companies are evaluating their business approaches to address the climate disaster and adapt to the resulting operational challenges.

They are turning to suppliers for support in crossing a rising market competition. Tetra Pak is dedicated to fulfilling its role by sustaining innovation efforts to advance research, foster partnerships, and enhance product offerings.

He states, Our innovation strategy prioritizes sustainability and reusable, promoting the decarbonization and complexity of materials to meet the demand for sustainable food packaging. Consumer preferences favor cartons as the most environmentally friendly beverage packaging option, while plastic is viewed as the least sustainable.

The significant increase in sales of packages made with plant-based polymers in 2023 compared to 2021 denotes the industry’s dedication to implementing positive change.


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