Packaging

To drive a circular economy approach to plastic packaging we:

  • have removed problematic plastics – PVC and Polystyrene from our packaging
  • are making all own brand ready meal tray packaging widely recyclable by 2024
  • are replacing black plastic with NIR Detectable options to improve recycling rates
  • are simplifying the materials we use, reducing them to three plastic polymers (PET, PP and PE) by 2023
  • clearly label all own brand products to help customers recycle easily and improve recycling streams
  • are reducing plastic content by 10% by weight by 2025
  • make sure all new own brand products are critically reviewed during the development process, to ensure plastic and packaging content is minimised; or where present, the recycled content is increased

Already we’ve made great progress:

  • we’ve changed our own brand bottled water to 50% recycled plastic content
  • we’ve launched our plastic free range consisting of over 120 compostable and 90 100% recyclable products
  • we’ve written several guides to help customers make informed choices click here to find out more
  • we are swapping black plastics for NIR detectable colours, making recycling easier.

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Plastics in our own brands

We’ve have been working with our suppliers to look at how we can reduce the plastic content of some of our own brand packaging. Several of these suppliers have already made commitments to make changes that will, in the future, yield substantial reductions in plastic. We have a pipeline of plastic reduction projects totally over 200,000 kilos. We will identify and deliver further savings as we progress on our journey to ensure circularity in our own brand packaging.

So far… we estimate that these commitments have so far reduced plastic by over 77,000 kilos since 2019. We are continuing to work hard with our suppliers to implement further packaging policy changes to remove single use plastics by 54,000 kilos whilst increase the recycled content of our plastic packaging. We will be switching the equivalent of 100,000 kilos of plastic per annum with post-consumer recycled plastic. We are targeting to have all of the transition completed by April 2022.

Achievements and targets

At the end of 2020/21 year we achieved improvements in our packaging recyclability and recycled content:

Plastic reduction projects = 31,100 kilos
Recycled content of corrugated packaging = 74.0%

Bidfood are aligned to the UK Plastic Pact Four Roadmap Targets for packing reduction, reuse/refill and increase recycled plastic content by 2025. The deadline has been extended by the UK Plastic Pact to 2030, but Bidfood are aiming to continue to deliver the four targets by 2025; with Target 3 – Plastic Recyclability already being achieved 5 years ahead of the deadline!

  • Target 1 – Eliminate problematic or unnecessary single-use packaging.

    • We have eliminated PVC and polystyrene packaging
    • We still need to remove some black plastics and non-NIR detectable plastics and mixed materials
    • We will be updating our packaging policies from September 2021 with implementation date of April 2022 to remove further single-use plastic and packaging items
  • Target 2 – 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging

    • Results to date – overall packaging recyclability = 96.4%.
  • Target 3 – 70% of plastic packaging effectively recycled or composted

    • Plastic packaging recyclability = 80.8%.
    • Bidfood achieved target 5 years ahead of 2025 deadline!
  • Target 4 – 30% average recycled content in plastic packaging

    • Recycled content of plastic packaging was 8.6%
    • We have address this shortfall by issuing updated packaging policies to make it a mandatory requirement for minimum 30% post- consumer waste recycled content for all transit and trade plastic packaging
    • We aim to improve this target to 20% average recycled content by end 2022 and 25% by end of 2023
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