Barry Callebaut moves to sustainable cartons

Barry Callebaut has announced that it now purchases 95% of its corrugated carton boxes as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified in the EMEA region.

This applies to the carton boxes used at sites in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, Italy, Spain, Poland, Germany and Switzerland, marking progress towards the company’s packaging target as defined under its sustainability strategy ‘Forever Chocolate’ to ensure that all packaging comes from sustainable sources by 2025.

FSC certification ensures that products come from well managed forests that provide environmental, social and economic benefits. FSC certification is regarded internationally as a guarantee of responsible forest management. In order to make sustainable chocolate the norm, Barry Callebaut has committed itself to have 100% sustainable ingredients in all of its products by 2025 and that includes packaging.

Massimo Selmo, head of global sourcing at Barry Callebaut, explains, “Annually, we’re talking about 12 million square metres of packaging with FSC certification, the equivalent of 1,875 football fields. This amounts to 7,497 tons. FSC is a recognised standard internationally and part of our continuous efforts to ensure that our products, ingredients and packaging come from sustainable sources.”

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