11. Jun 2018
Since May of this year, the two Finnish companies Fazer and Sulapac have been collaborating on the research, development and testing of plastic-free, biodegradable packaging solutions for foodstuffs.
Fazer, an international family-owned modern food company, is seeking to reduce the use of plastic with the help of new technologies. Fazer will start by launching a confectionery gift box for Christmas 2018 that uses a Sulapac solution.
Sulapac Oy is a young Finnish growth company that develops fully biodegradable packaging materials and solutions that contain no microplastics. Made from wood chips and natural, biodegradable binders, the material offers a responsible alternative to plastic packaging.
Fazer is constantly studying new packaging options and working to reduce the amount of packaging materials – and especially plastic – used in its product packaging. It is impossible to eliminate packaging altogether in the food industry. Packaging, for the time being including plastic packaging, is needed to protect the products, to ensure the safety of foodstuffs, to increase the shelf life and ultimately help to reduce food waste, and to provide product information to consumers. “Fazer is actively involved in discussions on recycling and re-use of packaging waste, as well as the development of new kinds of environmentally friendly packaging solutions,” says Nina Elomaa, Corporate Responsibility Director of the Fazer Group.
The company is partnering with Sulapac, in order to accelerate the development of the Sulapac’s packaging material, also for food packaging, and to be the first food company using this unique innovation in its packages.
“Fazer can offer strong consumer and food expertise to interesting startups. Entrepreneurship is a natural part of Fazer, a company that has scaled up over 126 years from the innovative business idea of a single business owner to the leading producer of food and food services in the Baltic region”, says Päivi Juolahti, head of Fazer Lab, Fazer’s research and innovation unit.
“Collaborating with Fazer is an excellent opportunity to develop and learn together. It also shows that we can meet extremely demanding quality requirements. We will start with premium products, but the aim is to make Sulapac material available for all consumers around the world”, says Suvi Haimi, CEO and founder of Sulapac.
Sulapac’s packaging innovation enables a variety of design solutions along with leading-edge design. Fazer and Sulapac are aiming to create gift packaging for Fazer’s premium products that combine sustainable development with a hint of luxury.