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Core focus areas

Best practice

Icoon 6.3 sustainable packaging

BeST PRACTICES

Thinking about the box

Category:
Optimise and standardise all our packaging concepts
Location:
Company wide
Background:
No excessive packaging and packaging material for our products
Aim:
Minimise the use of packaging materials and optimise the packaging processes and truck and container yields.
Results:
In our project ‘Thinking about the box’, we have started thinking in a courageous, out-of-the-box way, in order to fully understand the packaging needs throughout the whole supply chain. At the same time, we strive to choose the best fit for its purpose regarding our packaging. Optimising our packaging configuration enables us to minimise the use of packaging materials, optimises the packaging processes, and ensures optimum transport and container yields. Test results showed possibilities for significantly reducing the amount of material in our boxes, as well as packing less ‘air’ in the boxes, trucks and containers. In 2020, we will go ahead with further optimising our packaging configurations, which will soon make a difference as big as a row of 10 km of trucks / containers a year.

Recyclability check on foil

Category:
Packaging material innovation
Location:
Company wide
Background:
Concerns on packaging waste and especially the non-renewable materials
Aim:
100% of our packaging is recyclable by 2021
Results:
We have carried out the KIDV Recycle check on foil. All our foil is sortable and recyclable, except the foil for bags for our fresh offers. In alliances with our suppliers, we are now developing recyclable, mono-, high barrier foil. The first promising results are already there.

Policy and program on sustainable and recyclable packaging

Category:
Sustainable Packaging strategy
Location:
Company wide
Background:
Growing company and public concerns on packaging and packaging waste
Aim:
Set clear goals on sustainable packaging: what to do and the ‘why not’s’.
Results:
In 2019, it was the first time we set our goals and actions in this field in a companywide policy and program on sustainable and recyclable packaging. The policy is published on Farm Frites intranet and in this sustainability report.

Optimise the usage of stretch foil

Category:
Optimise packaging concepts
Location:
Farm Frites sites Oudenhoorn, Lommel, Sint Truiden
Background:
Concerns on the amount of used packaging material
Aim:
Contributes to the aim of 10% less packaging material by 2022
Results:
In 2019, we succeeded in reducing the amount of stretch foil used on pallet load by 40%. The stretch foil became 13% thinner, and we have switched to a smart winding pattern, which requires fewer wrappings. An amount of foil comparable to the weight of a medium sized apple is now stabilising up to 84 boxes or 1.000 kg on a pallet, throughout the whole supply chain.

Inline perforation foil

Category:
Optimise packaging concepts
Location:
Farm Frites Oudenhoorn
Background:
Reduce the amount of air in bags and cases
Aim:
Contributes to the aim of 10% less packaging material by 2022
Results:
Last year we implemented inline foil perforation at Farm Frites Oudenhoorn, and now all our production sites have the same inline perforation. The main benefit for sustainability is better removal of excessive air, thus less air in the packaging, which improves the stability of cases and pallets, improves our container yield, and requires less packaging material.