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Saturday 21 May 2022

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Calls grow for government recycling reform to include circular economy solutions
19 May 2022   /

Calls grow for government recycling reform to include circular economy solutions

Otis wants recycling standardised and for Tetra Pak to be included, while Fix & Fogg, Raglan Food Co et al are backing Chia Sisters’ bottle re-use petition.


Coca-Cola rolls out HSR labelling, aims for 20% sugar cut
13 May 2022   /

Coca-Cola rolls out HSR labelling, aims for 20% sugar cut

Coca-Cola says it is continuing to roll out the voluntary front-of-pack Health Star Rating (HSR) initiative in New Zealand and is transitioning from the energy icon to stars on its MORE »


Chia Sisters launches bottle re-use petition
6 May 2022   /

Chia Sisters launches bottle re-use petition

Chia Sisters has launched a petition calling on the government to establish a scheme to re-use bottles as part of its Container Return Scheme which is out for consultation.


Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups
4 May 2022   /

Container Return Scheme must include milk – industry groups

The Zero Waste Network and The Kiwi Bottle Drive have welcomed the government’s Container Return Scheme proposal for the breadth of materials included, that is plastic, aluminum, glass and liquid packaging board.


Transforming recycling consultation extended
2 May 2022   /

Transforming recycling consultation extended

The government has extended the consultation period on three proposals released in April to transform recycling in Aotearoa New Zealand, Te Panoni i te Hangarua.


NZ Post pitches in on soft plastic recycling trial
21 Apr 2022   /

NZ Post pitches in on soft plastic recycling trial

NZ Post has teamed up with The Packaging Forum and Future Post to expand on the Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme to undertake a pilot trial, which will see a courier pick-up discarded soft plastics.


MfE releases compostable packaging position statement
7 Apr 2022  

MfE releases compostable packaging position statement

The Ministry for the Environment has released its position statement on compostable packaging as part of the government’s National Plastics Action Plan.


Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal
5 Apr 2022   /

Chia Sisters’ 2030 keg and refill goal

The Nelson nutritional drinks company wants to have 50% of all sales from kegs or refillable vessels by the end of the decade.


Campaigners call for bottle scheme submissions
4 Apr 2022   /

Campaigners call for bottle scheme submissions

The Kiwi Bottle Drive, New Zealand’s community campaign for bottle deposits, is calling on the public to make submissions to the government’s consultation on a proposed beverage Container Return Scheme.


Watch: Transforming Recycling
28 Mar 2022   /

Watch: Transforming Recycling

Transforming recycling with the government’s Container Return Scheme.


NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters
25 Mar 2022   /

NZTE launches sustainable package guide for exporters

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise has released new resources on sustainable packaging for exporters, in response to global trends and requirements for businesses to reduce waste and non-renewable material use.


Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis…
24 Mar 2022   /

Overpackaging key concern for Kiwis…

Overpackaging and non-recyclable packaging is a top concern for New Zealanders, according to new research by Kantar.


…while policy and support needed to achieve zero plastic waste – report
24 Mar 2022   /

…while policy and support needed to achieve zero plastic waste – report

Industry needs support from government in the form of clear and co-ordinated policy, regulation, and incentives to help New Zealand achieve zero plastic waste.


Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed
15 Mar 2022   /

Govt’s ‘beverage container tax’ slammed

There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.


Bottle drive: Govt pushes container return scheme at 20c
14 Mar 2022   /

Bottle drive: Govt pushes container return scheme at 20c

The government has laid out its proposed CRS, and claims manufacturers and retailers will be able to pass on costs to the consumer.


Goodman Fielder replaces 100m plastic tags with cardboard
14 Mar 2022   /

Goodman Fielder replaces 100m plastic tags with cardboard

Goodman Fielder has added recyclable cardboard bread tags to all its bread loaves, buns and rolls.


Dunedin retailers now accept soft packaging
14 Mar 2022   /

Dunedin retailers now accept soft packaging

Dunedin residents can now recycle their soft plastic packaging at eight Countdown, New World and The Warehouse stores across Dunedin and Mosgiel.


Earthpac unwraps $2m cap raise
10 Mar 2022   /

Earthpac unwraps $2m cap raise

The company is looking for investment to scale-up production of its home compostable packaging.


Watties, Verkerks among worst packaging offenders – Consumer NZ
10 Mar 2022   /

Watties, Verkerks among worst packaging offenders – Consumer NZ

Watties and Verkerks are among the top five most complained about companies when it comes to packaging, according to Consumer NZ.


Reusable container seminar opens for registration
7 Mar 2022   /

Reusable container seminar opens for registration

Again Again is holding a free seminar on moving to reuse as a systemic replacement to single-use container packaging.


Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island
18 Feb 2022   /

Anchor goes plant-based in the South Island

Fonterra-owned Anchor has launched its plant-based milk bottles in supermarkets in the South Island.


Freightways invests $2.7m in upcycling venture
14 Feb 2022   /

Freightways invests $2.7m in upcycling venture

Fast-food and tetra pak cartons destined for the landfill are being converted into building supplies, thanks to Freightways investment.


Support to extend country of origin labelling
14 Feb 2022   /

Support to extend country of origin labelling

Top New Zealand oil producer The Olive Press supports a call to extend country of origin labelling to its products.


Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday
10 Feb 2022   /

Country of origin regulations come into force Saturday

New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.


Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market
9 Feb 2022   /

Fruit eco-sticker startup aims for bite of US$50bn market

A trial of the eco-stickers will start in July.


Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT
8 Feb 2022   /

Natural Abundance launches ‘world first’ packaging NFT

Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.


NZ Pork urges Kiwis to buy NZ made
1 Feb 2022   /

NZ Pork urges Kiwis to buy NZ made

New Zealand Pork is calling on consumers to buy Kiwi-produced pork after new country of origin laws come into effect on 12 February.


Seeka to buy Gisborne business valued at $21m
10 Dec 2021   /

Seeka to buy Gisborne business valued at $21m

Seeka says it has entered an amalgamation agreement to acquire Gisborne packing business New Zealand Fruits Limited.


JFS relaunches Enviro Pac with new campaign
8 Dec 2021   /

JFS relaunches Enviro Pac with new campaign

Jenkins Freshpac Systems is canvassing opinion on sustainable packaging as part of its Join the Vegelution campaign.


Meadow Fresh makes recycled plastic moves for milk bottle
12 Oct 2021   /

Meadow Fresh makes recycled plastic moves for milk bottle

Goodman Fielder is reducing the amount of virgin plastic originating from Meadow Fresh brand milk bottles by including recycled plastic content in its containers.


Covid disruption behind local packaging push
28 Sep 2021  

Covid disruption behind local packaging push

Packaging specialist Pakworld has had a bump in business as food firms look for local alternatives to importing materials because of Covid-19 disruption to global supply chains.


Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first
22 Sep 2021   /

Cadbury claims recycled plastic packaging first

The new part-recycled packaging for Cadbury Dairy Milk family blocks will hit New Zealand shelves next year.


Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report
22 Sep 2021   /

Progress too slow in circular economy transition – report

New Zealand is missing out on economic gains because it has been too slow to transition to a low carbon circular economy, according to a new report from the Sustainable Business Network.


Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding
21 Sep 2021   /

Beverage cartons, coffee cups recycler secures funding

Kiwi company saveBOARD has secured a A$1.74m grant from the Australian and New South Wales governments to set-up a A$5m facility that will turn packaging waste such as used beverage cartons and coffee cups into building materials.


Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan
17 Sep 2021   /

Regulation, compostable packaging, container return scheme priorities in new plastics plan

Regulated product stewardship of plastic packaging, exploring compostable packaging options, and a potential container return scheme are part of the government’s new national plastics plan. 


ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims
15 Sep 2021   /

ComCom warns packaging company over recyclable cup claims

The Commerce Commission has warned paper packaging company Glopac New Zealand for making misleading claims about the ability to recycle its hot drink cups.


Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging
10 Sep 2021   /

Delta sales spike sees Coffee Supreme fast-track paper packaging

The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.


Country of origin labelling update
7 Sep 2021   /

Country of origin labelling update

The Commerce Commission has updated its information regarding country of origin labelling as part of the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2021.


Lion to shrink plastic packaging
7 Sep 2021   /

Lion to shrink plastic packaging

Australasian brewer Lion is to reduce the two largest sources of plastic in its packaging – plastic shrink-wrap and plastic labels on beer bottles in Australia.


Perspectives: What we learned from a compostable packaging trial – Whittaker’s
3 Sep 2021   /

Perspectives: What we learned from a compostable packaging trial – Whittaker’s

The chocolate company tested a limited run of its Peanut Slab in compostable wrappers as part of its move to 100% sustainable packaging by 2025.


Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags
13 Aug 2021   /

Goodman Fielder moves to cardboard bread tags

The transition starts with Nature’s Fresh loaves one day a week, but is soon to be followed by Molenberg, Vogel’s and Freya’s.


Wellington meat trays sorted
2 Aug 2021   /

Wellington meat trays sorted

Wellington City Council’s recycling facility now has an optical sorter, capable of diverting over seven million meat and other clear plastic trays from the region’s landfills and overseas processors each year.


Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot
27 Jul 2021   /

Waitaki in Tetra Pak recycling pilot

The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.


Packaging Forum brings soft plastic recycling to Hawke’s Bay
13 Jul 2021  

Packaging Forum brings soft plastic recycling to Hawke’s Bay

Hawke’s Bay residents will be able to recycle their soft plastic packaging for the first time in Hastings, Napier and Waipukurau. The Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastic Recycling Scheme will be MORE »


Bangers, burgers and bees – food industry winners take a bow
30 Jun 2021  

Bangers, burgers and bees – food industry winners take a bow

From established names like chocolatier Whittaker’s and honey specialist Comvita through to hemp meat trailblazer, Plan*t, NZ food producers have been recognised in a raft of awards this week – but not always for their food.


The Packaging Forum backs plastics ban
30 Jun 2021  

The Packaging Forum backs plastics ban

The Packaging Forum has welcomed the government’s move to phase-out difficult-to-recycle and some single-use plastics, but called for care when choosing alternatives.


Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: A welcome and a worry from FGC

The association welcomes government’s moves to phase out problem plastics and some single-use plastics within four years, but warns that a smooth transition by some food producers could be hindered by global freight issues.


Plastics ban: A sticky issue for industry
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: A sticky issue for industry

The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.


Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way
29 Jun 2021   /

Plastics ban: Supermarket sweep already under way

New Zealand’s two major supermarket groups say they are already taking steps to transition away from unnecessary and unwanted plastic use ahead of the government’s new measures to clamp down on single-use and difficult-to-recycle plastic by 2025.


NZ to ban hard to recycle packaging, raft of single-use plastic items…
28 Jun 2021   /

NZ to ban hard to recycle packaging, raft of single-use plastic items…

The government is banning difficult to recycle food and drink packaging and a raft of single-use plastics by 2025.


Govt indecision forcing food firms into packaging limbo – Jenkins FPS’ Lunam
25 Jun 2021  

Govt indecision forcing food firms into packaging limbo – Jenkins FPS’ Lunam

Leading packaging company JFS says government indecision and social pressures have driven food companies into a “holding pattern”.


Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum
8 Jun 2021  

Compostable packaging plan on the way – Packaging Forum

A New Zealand packaging industry group has moved to galvanise action on compostable packaging by launching consultation on what it calls one of the sector’s most pressing issues.


Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched
19 May 2021  

Pact to eliminate plastic waste by 2025 launched

A collection of businesses, NGOs and governments from across New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific Islands have joined together to back an ambitious range of targets to eliminate plastic waste from supply chains by 2025.


PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range
18 May 2021   /

PepsiCo targets 2025 for 100% green packaging across entire ANZ snacks range

Pepsico says it will be the first large food FMCG business to move to 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging across its entire snacks range in Australasia.


Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme
21 Apr 2021  

Zero Waste Network pushes for beverage container return scheme

“The Government has invested 18 months of work into figuring out how a container return scheme would work, but unfortunately vested industry groups are pushing hard to exclude glass from the scheme.”


Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’
19 Apr 2021  

Grounded Packaging launches carbon-negative ‘plastic’

New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.


GoodFor chases growth with $1.5m capital raise
7 Apr 2021  

GoodFor chases growth with $1.5m capital raise

The package-free grocery store network is planning to expand.


How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?
26 Mar 2021  

How do Frucor’s 2030 sustainability targets measure up?

Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.


Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first
23 Mar 2021   /

Nestlé Australia in recycled wrapper first

The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.


Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move
18 Mar 2021  

Mars Wrigley makes Skittles sustainability move

The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.


Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products
17 Mar 2021  

Govt urged to ban ‘throw away’ paper, plastic products

Our Seas Our Future is calling on prime minister Jacinda Ardern to ban single-use paper and plastic products.


Health star rating products reach 5500 – FGC
9 Mar 2021   /

Health star rating products reach 5500 – FGC

The number of products displaying the Health Star Rating labels continued to climb in the last quarter of 2020.


Frucor looks to cardboard for multipack drinks
24 Feb 2021  

Frucor looks to cardboard for multipack drinks

Frucor Suntory has introduced cardboard packaging to multipacks of Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Mountain Dew and 7UP.


NZ gets behind ban for single-use products
19 Feb 2021  

NZ gets behind ban for single-use products

Organisations from around New Zealand are joining calls for a ban on single-use products, as the United Nations Environment Assembly gets set to discuss sustainability.


NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging
14 Dec 2020  

NZFGC opposes mandatory phase out of plastic packaging

The council urges the Govt to ensure other options are also available.