Orkla Foods Sweden is using PET preforms from plastic packaging supplier Petainer for its Felix ketchup bottles to help boost its sustainability efforts. Petainer’s petainerSmallContainerTM can be blown on-site at Orkla’s plant in Fågelmara in southern Sweden, eliminating the need to ship empty bottles to the plant. This has reduced carbon dioxide shipping emissions by 90 percent, according to a spokesperson. Felix ketchup products are sold at the rate of one every three seconds in Sweden.
Annemieke Hartman-Jemmett, group commercial strategy director, said:
“With preforms we are reducing transport costs, increasing operational flexibility with less storage and easier handling and, of course, achieving significant savings in emissions. For brand-owners, shippers and retailers, the integrity of PET containers means fewer breakages and therefore less waste.”
The container has a UV barrier and actively removes oxygen in the bottle to extend shelf-life by up to 18 months.
The new package resulted in Orkla winning the 2014 Packaging Sustainability Award in Sweden.
Åke Larsson, Petainer’s nordic sales director, said:
“Food companies increasingly have a responsibility to minimize their impact on the environment. Equally important, of course, is that they listen to consumers and understand what they demand from products. Felix is a premium ketchup with very high specifications to ensure its quality, end-user convenience and sustainability.”