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SIG carton packaging modernizes the conventional ambient vegetable aisle in the Netherlands

by Food Drinks Innovation

As demand for more innovation and sustainable packaging continues to grow from manufacturers, retailers and consumers, SIG carton packaging continues to meet these needs. The traditional long life vegetable aisle, made up of mainly cans and glass, is now being disrupted by SIG carton packs, with its many convenience, efficiency, and sustainability benefits.

HAK, the leading Dutch plant-based food producer, has recently opted to use SIG SafeBloc carton packs – a more sustainable packaging option compared to cans or glass jars* – to ensure its pulses products are optimally protected to retain their high quality over a prolonged period. The high share of renewable materials and resource-efficient carton packaging results in a significantly lower CO2 footprint*.

HAK is the first vegetable producer among SIG’s customers to use the sustainable packaging material SIG Terra Forest-based polymers. 90% of the packaging material is forest-based – including polymers linked to forest-based renewable sources via a certified mass-balance approach. They are a move away from conventional fossil-based polymers.

Nicole Freid, CEO at HAK: “As we strive to accelerate the protein transition from animal to healthier and environmentally-kind pulses, we aim to set a new packaging standard in this category which makes eating pulses even more accessible. By offering our consumers the latest sustainable packaging solution from SIG, we ensure the packaging perfectly complements our plant-based food portfolio in a contemporary and refreshing way.”

The convenient carton pack is perceived by consumers as a modern solution that is lightweight and handy. Its space-saving shape makes it easy to carry, handle, store, and dispose of for recycling at home. Manufacturers and retailers benefit from SIG carton pack’s logistical and storage efficiency, both in transportation and retail.

José Matthijsse, President & General Manager Europe at SIG: “Vegetables and pulses in carton packaging fit with the efforts of food companies such as HAK, who reduces its ecological footprint by investing in organic products, reducing CO2 emissions, and choosing pulses as an alternative protein source. We continue to work closely with HAK to support them in delivering the latest sustainable packaging solutions and I’m convinced our partnership will put them in an excellent position for market penetration and volume growth, as well as improving the company’s environmental standing in the category.”

* based on the results of a comparative ISO-compliant, critically reviewed LCA of retort food carton versus other substrates: https://cms.sig.biz/media/14543/lca-food_sig-final_report_incl-critical-review.pdf

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