Tetra Pak has joined forces with global resource management company Veolia in a game-changing partnership that will enable all components of used beverage cartons collected within the European Union to be recycled by 2025.
The average beverage carton comprises around 75% paperboard, 20% plastic and 5% aluminium foil. But while the fibres recovered during recycling have a healthy market when converted into high-quality paper pulp for use in both industrial and consumer products, the same is not true for the recovered polymer and aluminium (PolyAl) mix.
Within the scope of the new partnership, the extracted PolyAl will be processed at dedicated facilities and converted into raw materials for applications within the plastic industry. In this way, the overall value of used beverage cartons is expected to double, making the value chain for collection and recycling more efficient and viable.
The Tetra Pak and Veolia partnership will start in the EU and expand to more markets around the world.
Lisa Ryden, Recycling Director, Tetra Pak said, “All materials from beverage cartons can be fully recycled into something new and useful. Our approach to recycling involves working with many partners along the value chain, because a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The challenge in the EU is to achieve the economies of scale and turn PolyAl into high value secondary materials.”
“With this partnership, we are combining our respective areas of expertise to find sustainable solutions for PolyAl recycling”
Laurent Auguste, Senior EVP Development, Innovation & Markets, Veolia said “This partnership joins together our resource management expertise and Tetra Pak’s packaging material expertise. We will develop an environmentally and economically sustainable solution to recycling PolyAl, first in the EU, and then Asia, to improve collection, technology and processes. We are proud to embark on this journey with Tetra Pak to sustain and grow beverage carton recycling. At Veolia we work every day to make waste a valuable resource, and are constantly developing innovative solutions, and investing in technologies, as part of our wider commitment to living circular.”
Caption: Tetra Pak and Veolia teams, recycling process of carton packaging.
Innovating together for a sustainable future
Lund University and Tetra Pak have recently signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement, expanding on their rich history of collaboration on packaging logistics, food technology and packaging materials. Together, Lund University and Tetra Pak will aim to create new industry-academia development opportunities, promote the sharing of resources and competencies.
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Tetra Pak launches its first complete processing line for white cheese
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Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food and beverage industry to offer packaging made with fully traceable plant-based polymers
Tetra Pak, together with its supplier Braskem, has become the first company in the food and beverage industry to responsibly source plant-based polymers using the Bonsucro standards for sustainable sugar cane. This move is yet another reinforcement of the company’s commitment to drive ethical and responsible business practices across global supply chains.
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Tetra Pak explores Graphene material for the food and beverage manufacturing industry
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Tetra Pak has launched new best-practice lines for yoghurt products - a suite of expert services which support a wide variety of yoghurt innovations to address growing consumer demand. Leveraging more than 45 years of experience in processing and packaging solutions with deep knowledge of yoghurt, enabling Tetra Pak to offer support for designing processes that do not compromise on production economy or flexibility.
Tetra Pak research study reveals the convergence of environment and health is growing, and the Food and Beverage Industry is first to see this trend
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Sustainable JNSD line pays off – Tetra Pak wins IFU 2019 Innovation Award
"In 2011, we realized that something could be done differently in the Juice-Nectar-Still Drink (JNSD) industry and decided to focus on how to make juice production more sustainable. To achieve that we needed to find innovative solutions which save energy and water", says Maria Norlin, Subcategory Manager JNSD & Other Beverages. On October 1st, this ground-breaking initiative was recognized by International Fruit and Vegetable juice Association.
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Tetra Pak surpasses 500 billion FSC labelled package milestone
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Tetra Pak has announced that customers have started field testing its paper straws for beverage products in Europe. The move means Tetra Pak is the first carton packaging company to provide such straws for beverage cartons in the region. Made from FSC certified paper and recyclable with the rest of the package, the new paper straw will be available initially for two small size carton packages commonly used for dairy and beverage products for children.
Tetra Pak has announced that HelloFresh, a leading meal kit company, has chosen Tetra Recart carton package for use in European markets for its environmental advantages. Successfully used by HelloFresh in the US since 2017, Tetra Recart offers a better packaging alternative with 80% lower carbon footprint and significant weight and space savings compared to tin cans and glass jars.
Tetra Pak and FOSS combine expertise to deliver industry first in-line standardization analyser
Tetra Pak and FOSS have today launched an advanced version of the Tetra Pak Standardization unit. With continuous accurate measurement and control of protein and fat in dairy products, the new unit has been designed to help customers ensure consistent product quality and strengthen their profitability by removing the uncertainty of sampling techniques.
Case study: Hellenic Dairies sees the benefits of integrated plant management
Greek dairy producer Hellenic Dairies is a longstanding Tetra Pak customer with seven filling lines and extensive processing equipment. The company holds a strong position in south-east Europe for liquid dairy products, cheese, yoghurt and juices, nectars and still drinks. In 2016, a major investment in their plant in Brasov, Romania, working closely with Tetra Pak and our strategic supplier Elettric80, resulted in the installation of a comprehensive range of end-of-line and warehousing equipment.
What should bean soup taste like in China? And how would Americans like their hummus? Or Spaniards their ratatouille? For the answers to these and many other questions, we turn to the team working with the Tetra Recart test factory in Lund. This is where increasingly more customers are coming to develop their products in terms of both taste and packaging.
Tetra Pak's cartons will become full-scale data carriers and digital tools
Tetra Pak has announced the launch of its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools. Driven by the trends behind Industry 4.0, and with code generation, digital printing and data management at its core, the connected packaging platform will bring new benefits to food producers, retailers and shoppers.
Tetra Pak has announced that it is developing an energy assessment programme in collaboration with ABB to help food and beverage producers lower their environmental impact and cut costs. The programme provides an assessment of the entire plant, helping customers minimise their environmental impact and maximise profitability.
Tetra Pak is unveiling its “factory of the future” where digital technology revolutionises the way food manufacturing plants operate. Machines will be able to communicate with each other as well as with the digital systems of the entire operation, automatically taking on tasks such as diagnosing problems, ordering and delivering parts, and looking for an engineer who is most suitable for the service needed. The technology builds on previous measures to bring the benefits of digitalisation to the food and beverage industry
Tetra Pak package enhances distribution efficiency
Tetra Pak has launched the Tetra Classic Aseptic 65ml Cube package, offering an efficient packaging solution for dairy, juice and liquid food. The dimensions of the package have been designed to allow every six packages to form a cube, hence optimising the use of space in distribution and storage. This has brought significant improvement in cost efficiencies and the environmental footprint.
Tetra Pak's Ko Hoepman highlights upcoming trends in the food sector
Health has been a top trend for a long time, but it is now reaching new heights. Consumers are seeking a healthy lifestyle across all areas and food & beverage plays a key role. We’re now seeing an evolution of this trend, providing opportunities to create a wider variety of products for different occasions.
Tetra Pak will be joining forces with leading Swedish technology companies at Hannover Messe 2019, the world's largest industrial technology fair, providing insights on its experience and demonstrate how partnerships are the cornerstone of digitalisation, bringing value to food and beverage manufacturers.
Al Rabie, Tetra Pak’s biggest customer in a world first with new holographic packaging material
Al Rabie, Tetra Pak’s biggest customer in the Greater Middle East and Africa, has scored a world first with the launch of its new sports drink. Al Rabie, which has long been a byword for quality and innovation in the region, is also looking to strengthen its brand equity and reinforce its reputation for embracing the new.
JUST Water, the innovative global water brand from the United States, has received the “Best Packaging Solution” award at the 2018 Global Bottled Water Congress with its unique Tetra Top carton bottle. JUST Water was launched in the US in October 2015. With the brand’s high success in North America, it has now reached Europe with a launch in the UK in August 2018 and has further global expansion goals in 2019 and beyond.
Salsa Rica - A clear focus on quality
Salsa Ricas advanced mayonnaise lines are fully automated and produce batch after batch of smooth, gleaming mayonnaise very accurately and consistently. The company has increased production to become the leading manufacturer of mayonnaise for the food service market in Spain.
Tetra Pak has published its 2018 Sustainability Report online, marking 20 years of sustainability reporting. Over the past two decades, the company’s approach to sustainability reporting has evolved significantly: from focusing solely on environmental commitments and actions, to evaluating every part of the business and its impact, including societal and supplier governance.
Bright future for spreadable processed cheese: The growth of cream cheese
Affordable cheese products in small packs provide an entry into the cheese world for the consumers of tomorrow, who in time will go on to embrace more sophisticated products. We look into some of the consumer and business trends in the spreadable cheese space.
- Jo Webb
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- Created 19 Nov 2018
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