5 top November articles involve sustainability, ecommerce, food waste: Page 5 of 5

By Lisa McTigue Pierce in Food Packaging on December 07, 2017

#1. McCormick’s recipe for packaging that’s more sustainable

Our top article of the month outshines the others: It generated twice as many page views as the #2 article. Could it be because it proves that sustainable packaging can help in saving money?

An exclusive look into the just-released 2025 sustainability goals of leading food processor McCormick & Co. shares insights from packaging executive Mike Okoroafor.

Okoroafor is vp, global sustainability and packaging innovation and, in our fast-reading Q&A, he discusses the key ingredients of three of the company’s recent sustainable packaging projects:

• Redesigning its iconic Old Bay and Black Pepper cans with a fully recyclable PET container, which equated to a 16% reduction in associated carbon emissions;
• 10% reduction in material for all European glass jars, resulting in reduced weight and associated carbon emissions from production and transport;
• Achieving 43% carbon footprint reduction by improving logistics and using fewer trucks for transport at its location in Haddenham, England.

What’s the biggest lesson Okoroafor has learned over the years about sustainable packaging? “There is a common belief that sustainable packaging is more costly, but this is not always the case,” he says. “…Sustainable packaging often provides the best financial choice.”

He goes on to prove it by saying, “Reducing raw materials and packaging waste has resulted in more than $2 million in savings in our location in Hunt Valley, MD, alone.”

Click the headline link above for more insights from Okoroafor.



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