Ferrero Group continues to make progress on its 2025 packaging commitment
The Ferrero Group has announced it is making further strides in its commitment to making 100% of packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025. As part of this journey, the business has announced new global partnerships with HolyGrail 2.0 and Consumer Goods Forum (CGF), as well as significant brand projects, including the introduction of a new thinner Kinder Bueno packaging material.
Signing Consumer Goods Forum’s (CGF) Plastic Waste Coalition’s Golden Design Rules Ferrero has recently signed CGF’s Plastic Waste Coalition’s new Golden Design rules, as another commitment to assess and redesign the critical elements of packaging, highlighting the need for alignment and scale to drive positive change globally. As longstanding partners with the CGF, Ferrero shares the organisation’s vision that the transition to a circular economy requires a different approach to plastic usage, from production, consumption and reuse, to recycling and disposal.
Ferrero has joined HolyGrail 2.0, facilitated by AIM – the European Brands Association as associate partner, demonstrating its commitment to innovation in plastic packaging sorting and investing in pilot projects to improve current sorting technology gaps. The project aims to prove the viability of digital watermarking technologies for accurate waste sorting, resulting in more efficient and higher-quality recycling.
Specifically, Ferrero says it recognises with this pilot, the opportunity to put in place sorting for a dedicated stream of food packaging plastics that will, in turn, generate recycled materials to be reused in line with circular economy best practices.
The Ferrero packaging team, in close collaboration with leading edge upstream suppliers, have developed a new thinner material, which delivers a thickness reduction of approximately 20% compared with standard films.
The new thinner material will be introduced on selected products, such as Kinder Bueno, starting from 2022 and will lead to an initial annual reduction of approximately 550 tonnes of materials, saving around 1,450 tons of CO2 compared to the previous packaging.
Ferrero says it expects to deliver further environmental benefits as the new materials are rolled out to other projects over the coming years.
In Italy, Ferrero is piloting a new paper-based external packaging for its Kinder bakery range, including Kinder Délice and Kinder Brioss. The new packaging features an innovative method of wrapping Kinder Bakery products using paper film, suitable for recycling in the country’s paper stream. If successful, the paper packaging will be rolled out across the business’ entire portfolio of bakery products in the Italian market.
This is an important step that supports Ferrero’s overall plastic reduction ambition. A science-based approach has been adopted to design and test the new paper-based packaging using the Aticelca evaluation method. The result is an overall weight reduction of 80% versus the previous plastic film used.
Fabio Mora, global packaging director of the Ferrero Group, said: “In 2019, we committed to making all of our packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 and I’m proud to see that we have already made some significant progress on our journey. Over the last few months, we partnered with over 85 companies on the digital watermarks project HolyGrail 2.0, a transformative program testing how digital technology can enable better sorting and higher-quality recycling for packaging.
“Additionally, we are proud to have signed the CGF’s new Golden Design rules as another commitment to assess and redesign the critical elements of packaging. The new thinner Kinder Bueno packaging material and paper-based Kinder bakery trial further demonstrate our ambition to accelerate sustainable innovation and to drive circular solutions. We look forward to sharing further updates on our progress soon.”