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Mondelez and Saica create a partnership around manufacturing a paper-based product for the food market

by | Jun 26, 2024

A new collaboration has been set up between Saica Group and Mondelez, who are aiming to create a new paper-based form of packaging for multipacks of confectionary, biscuits and chocolate. They have specifically designed this packaging with the intention that it can be recycled in the current paper waste stream, it will push towards the virgin plastic reduction goals and it will also be suitable for packaging processes which involve heat sealing. An excellent added benefit that the companies have included is the option for this packaging to be produced either coated or uncoated, dependant on what the consumer wants the final appearance to be.

Saica Group is one of the leading companies in the packaging solutions industry and Mondelez is a leader in the fast moving consumer goods manufacturing industry.

The first step that this project took, was to work on the conversion and Vertical Form Fill Seal (VFFS) packaging processes. Doing this helped the companies to optimise and ensure a high printing quality, optimal functionality and ease-of-use for machine packaging lines which would be used to complete the required mechanical and sealing performance. This process means that the companies can guarantee that the product will reach the consumers in a perfect condition.

The whole project was set up as part of Mondelez International’s constant efforts around packing ‘light and right’, which is part of the company’s aim to achieve its global sustainable packaging goals. These goals involve the intention for the company to have reduced virgin plastic in rigid plastic by a minimum of 25% and by 5% in all other plastic, by 2025. So far, this mission is proving successful, as at the end of 2022, it was reported that Mondelez had already reduced packaging materials by 72,600 metric tonnes. Following this success, Mondelez has made it clear that they are aiming to design at least 98% of packaging in a way that is recyclable by 2025.

On this note, Saica Group is very similar to Mondelez, as they are also dedicated to pushing the transition into a circular economy forwards. The company displays this commitment through the series of ambitious targets they have set out, such as advancing resource efficiency, climate neutrality, zero littering and circularity of materials, along with other goals.

The goals defined by Saica Group have been set out clearly by the company and they include items such as, ‘Design 100% recyclable flexible packaging portfolio by 2025’, ‘Introduce, at least, 5% in weight of post-consumer recycled content in its products by 2025’, ‘Reduce 20% in weight of plastic content by 2025,’ ‘Have 15% in weight of all this packaging made of paper structures by 2025.’

Aligning with these goals and the overall aims of the companies, the product which has been created, effectively meets the sustainability standards which have been set out by the Confederation of European Paper (CEPI).

General Manager at Saica Flex, Miguel Angel Dora, commented, “We believe that packaging sustainability is a very serious challenge that required our full commitment and far-reaching collaborations with companies equally committed, like Mondelez. Our ambition to make Saica’s flexible monomaterial structures, including paper, is a key aspect to achieve all these goals. We hope that, by 2025, 100% of our flexible packaging offer is recyclable so that we can contribute towards a truly circular economy.”

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