We are always looking for better options for our soup, broth and meals packaging.
We’ve made changes to our packaging over the years to make it more recyclable and reduce the amount of plastic used.
Our soup tubs are made with 100% recyclable plastic called PP and currently, it is the best material we can use environmentally while maintaining food safety. We changed our broths from single-use plastic that is not readily recycled in Ireland to PP plastic which is 100% recyclable. We changed our pies from a black plastic tray, which sometimes is not recyclable to a 100% recyclable foil tray.
in 2019 we sponsored the Big Beach Clean Big Ireland Clean to try to raise awareness about the importance of recycling, disposing of waste properly and to take some direct action on marine litter. 2019 was the biggest beach clean in Ireland yet. 2019 saw over 300 clean-ups taking place around all of Ireland, engaging approximately 8,000 volunteers who removed at least 45 tonnes of marine of litter across the country.
on pack tub-aware messaging,
Our soup tubs are packed on a plastic tray to prevent them from damage between production and delivery to store shelves. Since Oct 2019 we use food-grade recycled PET trays (RPET).
Sourcing locally- Since 2018 we source our soup packaging from Clara, Ireland. Previously we had sourced packaging from Greece which had a bigger carbon footprint for the miles it travelled to Ireland. I have just been on the phone to the MD in Thrace this morning and he is going to send further details on some upgrades that they are looking at. They have committed to the circular economy, are a fully-fledged member if Repak (and pay the same extortionate fees). They generate their own electricity for part of the year from their on-site hydroelectric plant and they are about to make an investment in solar which would make them fully self-sufficient on electricity.