Jul 20, 2021

Tetra Pak €100m investment for cap manufacturing factory

Helen Adams
2 min
Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak has announced a €100m investment programme at its Châteaubriant factory in France, which creates caps for foods and beverages

Tetra Pak has announced a €100m investment in its Châteaubriant factory, a key maker of food and beverage packaging caps.

The company is headquartered in Pully, Switzerland, has a revenue of €11.5b and is best known for its cartons composed of six layers, which help to protect the contents from the elements. 


Tethered cap design to help reduce litter

In 2020, the Châteaubriant factory had a capacity of approximately five billion caps.

Between 2021 and 2023, Tetra Pak’s project will support the Châteaubriant factories transition to the production of tethered caps by 2024.

As the cap will remain joined to the package, it is hoped that tethered caps will help to minimise litter. 

“We are particularly proud of this investment project, which demonstrates how we consistently strive to provide customers with sustainable innovations and meet the rapidly changing demands of regulators and society”, said Charles Brand, President of Tetra Pak Europe & Central Asia. “High-performance food packaging plays a critical role in feeding the world, but it must do so sustainably, so that food availability does not come at the cost of the planet.”


Tetra Pak's ambition to transform the food system

The company also has plans to improve the global food system and increase food security, from reducing food waste to using by-products and reducing food waste.

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Jul 26, 2021

Ireland could create template for global food sustainability

John Pinching
2 min
Luck of the Irish
Irish are dancing to an ethical food production tune as the world watches

Leveraging innovation could cultivate new agricultural breakthroughs, making Ireland the most responsible and sustainable food producer on Earth, according to a renowned local luminary.

Economist and author David McWilliams has insisted that Ireland can become a pivotal carbon-neutral, resource-efficient and sustainable food producer – possibly the most influential on the planet. 

He does acknowledge, however, that there are considerable obstacles on the country’s trailblazing journey to complete energy-efficient and sustainable food production.

McWilliams also claims that the widely-held belief within the EU that reducing food production thus reduces carbon emissions does not tally.

“For the European Union to get an aggregate reduction in carbon emissions,” said McWilliams at the Alltech ONE Ideas Conference. “It would seem to me much more logical to favour those countries that have had an evolutionary, ecological or environmental gift, in order to actually produce more, not less, because your input-output ratio is so much lower than it is either in the parched Mediterranean or in the frozen tundra of the North.”

Reflecting on the situation in the US, McWilliams said its agriculture output had tripled between 1948 and 2015, with exponential gains in efficiency. Surprisingly, agriculture only contributes to 7.5% of total US greenhouse gases, far below the 30% attributed to cars.

“I think American culture is changing, at least when you see it from the outside,” said McWilliams said of President Biden’s approach. “He's saying, ‘There's no point being wealthy if the wealth is only in the hands of a small minority. The wealth has to trickle down to everybody else.’”
McWilliams concluded that for Irish agriculture to modernise and grow, it should use one of Ireland’s leading sectors – technology – as a frame of reference.  It currently generates over $25 billion in exports.

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