Mondelez 24.06.24

Saica Group and Mondelēz have joined forces to launch a new paper-based product targeting multipack products for the confectionery, biscuits and chocolate markets, designed to be recyclable in the paper waste stream.

The product is said to be suitable for the heat sealable packing process and can be produced coated or uncoated. The companies say it has been developed to meet the sustainability standards set by the Confederation of European Paper (CEPI).  

The product’s development focused on the conversion and Vertical Form Fill Seal (VFFS) packing processes, as the two companies say they hope to optimize and ensure a ‘high printing quality, optimal functionality, and ease-of-use’ for machine-packing lines in the mechanical and sealing performance, aiming for the contents to reach consumers in perfect condition. 

The initiative is part of Mondelez International’s efforts towards its global sustainable packaging goals. By 2025, the company aims to reduce virgin plastic in packaging made of rigid plastic by at least 25% and in all plastic packaging by 5%. Mondelez claims it has already reduced packaging materials by 72,600 metric tonnes at the end of 2022 and aims to make 98% of packaging designed to be recyclable by 2025. 

Saica has also set various targets to achieve by 2025, including designing a 100% recyclable flexible packaging portfolio; introducing a minimum of 5% in weight of post-consumer recycled content in its products; reducing 20% in weight of plastic content; and to have 15% in weight of this packaging made from paper by 2025. 

In April, Parkside revealed its Recoflex range of recyclable, paper-based flexible packaging materials, said to offer durability, barrier performance, and heat sealability in several market applications. The new range of papers are available as a single-ply or laminate. 

Earlier this month, Coveris announced its MonoFlex Fibre packaging range which offers pre-made bags and form-fill-seal solutions made of paper, aiming to help customers transition into high-barrier recyclable packaging solutions in compliance with EU regulation. All specifications are said to be recyclable and provide the ‘right level’ of protection and barrier properties against grease, moisture, oxygen, light, or mineral oils. 

If you liked this story, you might also enjoy: 

How are the top brands progressing on packaging sustainability? 

The ultimate guide to global plastic sustainability regulation 

How bad is ‘greenwashing’ in fast fashion packaging? 

A conversation with P&G’s Chief Sustainability Officer