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Lincolnshire food supplier tests greener packaging



Lincolnshire-based ingredients supplier Sleaford Quality Foods is set to trial a new range of recyclable packaging for its foodservice products.


Part of its drive to reduce plastic usage, the firm is trying out a new 2 ply paper bag with a polyethylene (PE) coating. The bag, which contains such a small percentage of PE coating that it is classed as fully recyclable, will house two new product lines. In the long-term, the company is aiming to use the bag to package its entire product range.

The company is also looking to develop a series of recyclable laminates and pouches, which will allow them to be processed through a recycling loop.
 
The packaging of one of its signature ranges is also set for an eco-friendly revamp. The popular Chef William range, which includes soups, herbs and spices, canned fruit and vegetables as well as ingredients such as pasta and rice, currently packs its seasoning range in pots made from the recyclable material PET, with lids of polypropylene. However, some recycling sorting stations are unable to detect the lids due to their black colour. Therefore they will be swapped in favour of alternative colours in order to ensure that they are detectable in the recycling loop.
 
James Arnold, managing director at Sleaford Quality Foods, said: "We are constantly challenging our supplier and clients to step up their efforts to reduce plastic usage, and have recently held discussions with a company that is developing a fully compostable bio-plastic – one of the most environmentally-friendly packaging materials available on today’s market.
 
"We're finding that most of the companies we deal with now are very open to greener packaging solutions - this is something we will continue to push on with as we expand and take on new supplier and clients.”
 

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