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HKScan will make all its packaging recyclable

BC, Tallinn, 20.10.2020.Print version
HKScan will renew its packaging to be even more responsible: all packaging will be recyclable by the end of 2025 at the latest, informed HKScan press-service.

At the same time, the company will reduce the carbon footprint of packaging by 20% and decrease the amount of packaging plastic by 20% compared to 2019. In total, the use of plastic will be reduced by millions of kilos.

– Our ambitious goals mean that the packaging of many branded products familiar to consumers, such as HK, Kariniemen, Scan and Rakvere, will be renewed in the next few years. We are examining and experimenting new packaging materials, reducing the amount of packaging material and ensuring recyclability, says Jalliina Järvinen-Teräsvuori, VP for Packaging development.

The primary purpose of packaging remains the same - to protect foods. A good package is part of ensuring quality and product safety. Functional packaging also reduces food waste.

– Developing packaging responsibility is not always straightforward. For example, sometimes a new packaging alternative may reduce the carbon footprint but at the same time make recycling more difficult. In addition to our goals, our work is driven by consumer expectations, country-specific and EU legislation, and companies’ rising recycling and waste fees. Innovations and cooperation are needed to make packaging genuinely more responsible, Järvinen-Teräsvuori says.

As one of the largest food companies in the Baltic Sea region, HKScan’s actions have an impact. In line with its strategy, HKScan develops responsibility throughout its value chain. The company has already reduced the amount of packaging plastic by about 1.5 mln kilos from 2017 to 2019.

Responsibility is taken into account in all packaging renewals. In September 2020, HKScan launched its HK minced meat products in Finland in new bag packs that contain 71% less plastic than conventional box packages. Thanks to them, the amount of packaging plastic is reduced by about 100,000 kilos per year. Earlier this year, the amount of plastic in most of HK Mettwurst boxes was reduced by 20%. In 2019, we reduced a total of 54% of plastic with the packaging of Kariniemen separately packed breast fillets compared to conventional box packaging.

In Sweden, the Scan brand’s minced meat package was changed into a thin tube package this year. The new packaging reduced the amount of plastic and improved the shelf-life of the product. In 2018, Mamma Scans meatballs got a completely new recyclable bag packaging. 
In Denmark, HKScan packs some of its Rose broiler products into boxes made from recycled plastic. In the Baltics, the amount of plastic in several Rakvere and Tallegg product packages has been successfully reduced.

In 2019, the company abandoned the use of non-recyclable black plastics in the packaging of its branded products in Finland and Sweden.

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