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Quorn to ditch black plastic packaging from supply chain

Published 07 June 2018

UK meat-free supplier Quorn Foods has unveiled plans to stop using non-recyclable black trays and replace them with white and clear recyclable alternatives.

The company announced its move to remove more than 297 tons of black plastic packaging from its supply chain by the end of this month, supporting Waste & Resources Action Programme’s (WRAP) plastics pact that seeks to transform the UK plastic packaging sector.

Quorn started the process of phasing out black plastic packaging since April this year, with products like Quorn Mince and Pieces switching to clear or opaque plastic trays, recyclable alternatives.

Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan said: “As a founding signatory of WRAP’s UK Plastic Pact, we are very excited to announce this positive change towards increased sustainability of our products.

“Moving so quickly to remove black plastic is a significant challenge, but one that, as a sustainable company, we view as being of the utmost importance. We view this as the right thing to do, despite the six-figure cost.”

The company plans to achieve 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging by 2025.

Quorn Mince is claimed to produce 90% less GHG emissions, 90% less land usage and 90% water usage than the beef mince equivalent.

The brand is exported worldwide to 20 different markets. It is planning to eliminate the rest of black plastics in its Deli range, which accounts for nearly 10% of entire chilled products, before the end of this year.

Late-stage discussions and testing are being carried out with suppliers to make sure that the process takes place in an effective way.

Quorn claims that it is the first global meat alternative brand to be awarded the Carbon Trust’s Carbon Footprint.

The company’s products are made from Mycoprotein, a nutritionally healthy protein that is meat free and naturally low in saturated fat and high in protein and fibre.

Image: Quorn makes first steps to remove black plastic from packaging. Photo: courtesy of Quorn.