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Packaging & Plastic

We respect the critical role that packaging plays in food safety and preserving freshness and avoiding food waste. We are therefore taking steps to reduce packaging without compromising food safety including working with our packaging suppliers to fast-track sustainable alternatives to single-use and fossil fuelbased plastics.


As one of the world's leading food services companies, we have a responsibility to reduce the amount of packaging we use. At the same time, we work hard to test and scale packaging innovations that avoid plastic and virgin materials, while keeping food safe and with a sustainable shelf life. While our European operations continue to adopt the very high standards within the EU Plastics Directive which aims to tackle single-use plastics, we often go above regulatory minimum requirements in our wider markets.

CASE STUDIES

Good things come in sustainable packages

All over the world, we are looking for solutions that allow us to move away from single-use plastics, towards reusable packaging.

  • UK: Signatories to WRAP’s UK Plastics Pact and have now removed all single use plastic items identified in the EU’s Single Use Plastic Directive including: straws, stirrers, steamed cotton buds, plastic plates and bowls, and plastic cutlery. This is in advance of any UK legislative requirement.
  • USA: Switched to reusable containers for student dining halls at Northwestern University, diverting 10 tonnes of waste from landfill in just six months.
  • Germany: Saving disposable packaging by using reusable bowls with QR codes at to-go restaurants to track the borrowing and returning of bowls.
  • Brazil: The reusable plastic containers that transport fruit and vegetables into our units are used between 30 and 120 times before being recycled into a new container, creating 60% less carbon and using 80% less water than single-use plastic packaging.
  • Canada: Using a returnable deposit-based packaging from a women-owned, local start-up.
  • Ireland: 100% recyclable or compostable food trays made from recycled bottles and trays.
  • Singapore: Avoiding single-use plastics with safe-approved glove re-use training, as well as alternatives to cling wrap.

TÜRKIYE: ELIMINATING SINGLE USE PLASTIC SACHETS

In Türkiye, our supplier of salad dressing sachets has risen to the plastic-free challenge. Covid-friendly sensor-based pumps now dispense the ideal mix of olive oil and lemon juice to consumers’ salad trays, eliminating single-use plastic sachets and reducing average oil consumption per consumer by an estimated two thirds.

Switching individual sachets for a pump avoided 950,000 sachets a year – saving 1.5 tonnes of single use plastic