Eco-friendly packaging first for EC dairy

31 January 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202017758

Food & Beverage
Green Industries & Renewable Energy
Eco-friendly packaging first for EC dairy

FIRST Choice Fresh Extended Shelf Life (ESL) milk, manufactured by Woodlands Dairy, one of the largest producers in South Africa, has launched a biobased fresh milk ESL pack.

Sporting a new look and feel, incorporating the biobased messaging as well as a new green biobased closure, the new pack was developed in partnership with Nampak, their extended shelf life pack suppliers.

“This relaunch is not our first in our sustainability journey. Besides all the initiatives at our mega plant in Humansdorp in the Eastern Cape, we were the first in the country to move to biobased packaging materials on most of our UHT products,” said Marisa Maccaferri, Marketing Manager for Woodlands Dairy and First Choice.

“The new ESL pack closures are partly made from plastics derived from plant-based material. Plant based or biobased materials are made from renewable resources that can be sustainably planted and harvested, such as sugar cane. Our cartons are also greener and made from more than 80% plant based raw materials, which ensures that the whole pack is now 100% recyclable. We truly believe in reducing our impact on the environment and these new closures and packs will ultimately help us do just that.”

She added that from a quality perspective their use of the Pure-Lac Ultra Pasteurisation system reduced the microbial count beyond normal pasteurisation methods without any chemical treatment, loss of nutrients or compromising on the milk taste.

“Nutrients in milk are sensitive to light, which is why the paperboard carton of our First Choice ESL milk is the ideal way to preserve the goodness of milk. All of these quality measures help us extend the shelf life of our fresh milk to 35 days from date of manufacture.”

Maccaferri said consumers were becoming increasingly eco-conscious and demanded recyclability, sustainability and eco-friendliness from the brands they buy.

“We can’t agree more. Most plastics still use non-renewable, petroleum-based resources such as oil as a key ingredient, which has a negative impact on the environment. Packs made from renewable materials are the obvious choice as its both eco-friendly and sustainable.”

The QR code on the back of the pack will also help consumers find their nearest paper recycling bank so that they can do their part for their environment.

The rollout of the new packaging will begin in the Eastern Cape, with other provinces following suit.

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