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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
The Ministry for the Environment has released its position statement on compostable packaging as part of the government’s National Plastics Action Plan.
The Nelson nutritional drinks company wants to have 50% of all sales from kegs or refillable vessels by the end of the decade.
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.
Transforming recycling with the government’s Container Return Scheme.
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 and non-recyclable packaging is a top concern for New Zealanders, according to new research by Kantar.
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.
There’s criticism of the government’s proposed container return scheme, but beverage giant Coca-Cola looks to support it under certain conditions.
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 has added recyclable cardboard bread tags to all its bread loaves, buns and rolls.
Dunedin residents can now recycle their soft plastic packaging at eight Countdown, New World and The Warehouse stores across Dunedin and Mosgiel.
The company is looking for investment to scale-up production of its home compostable packaging.
Watties and Verkerks are among the top five most complained about companies when it comes to packaging, according to Consumer NZ.
Again Again is holding a free seminar on moving to reuse as a systemic replacement to single-use container packaging.
Fonterra-owned Anchor has launched its plant-based milk bottles in supermarkets in the South Island.
Fast-food and tetra pak cartons destined for the landfill are being converted into building supplies, thanks to Freightways investment.
Top New Zealand oil producer The Olive Press supports a call to extend country of origin labelling to its products.
New country of origin regulations come into force on Saturday for fresh and thawed foods.
A trial of the eco-stickers will start in July.
Are NFTs an opportunity for food and beverage firms? Kristina Ivanova’s plant-based snack maker jumps in.
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 says it has entered an amalgamation agreement to acquire Gisborne packing business New Zealand Fruits Limited.
Jenkins Freshpac Systems is canvassing opinion on sustainable packaging as part of its Join the Vegelution campaign.
Goodman Fielder is reducing the amount of virgin plastic originating from Meadow Fresh brand milk bottles by including recycled plastic content in its containers.
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.
The new part-recycled packaging for Cadbury Dairy Milk family blocks will hit New Zealand shelves next year.
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.
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.
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.
The Commerce Commission has warned paper packaging company Glopac New Zealand for making misleading claims about the ability to recycle its hot drink cups.
The company had to airfreight its new paper-recyclable bags to New Zealand after online lockdown sales skyrocketed.
The Commerce Commission has updated its information regarding country of origin labelling as part of the Consumer Information Standards (Origin of Food) Regulations 2021.
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.
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.
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 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.
The Waitaki Resource Recovery Trust has partnered with packaging giant Tetra Pak to create a trial collection point for a recycling initiative.
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 »
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 has welcomed the government’s move to phase-out difficult-to-recycle and some single-use plastics, but called for care when choosing alternatives.
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.
The packaging and produce sectors were blindsided by government’s 2023 plastic fruit stickers deadline, warn on costs, complexity.
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.
The government is banning difficult to recycle food and drink packaging and a raft of single-use plastics by 2025.
Leading packaging company JFS says government indecision and social pressures have driven food companies into a “holding pattern”.
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.
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 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.
“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.”
New carbon-negative sugarcane-based packaging gives food manufacturers an alternative to plastic.
The package-free grocery store network is planning to expand.
Reducing waste, carbon emissions, water usage, sugar and non-recyclable packaging form the backbone of Frucor Suntory’s ten-year sustainability plans.
The KitKat wrapper was produced by collecting and processing waste soft plastic.
The US-based multinational manufacturer enters a partnership to develop biodegradable packing.
Our Seas Our Future is calling on prime minister Jacinda Ardern to ban single-use paper and plastic products.
The number of products displaying the Health Star Rating labels continued to climb in the last quarter of 2020.
Frucor Suntory has introduced cardboard packaging to multipacks of Pepsi, Pepsi Max, Mountain Dew and 7UP.
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.
The council urges the Govt to ensure other options are also available.