Thai meat producer shifts to sustainable packaging

Hygiene & Biosecurity

Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods), a leading food producer in Thailand, announced sustainable packaging policy to reduce plastic footprint from its business worldwide.

Posted on Jan 11 ,14:03

Thai meat producer shifts to sustainable packaging

CP's goal is to replace all of its packaging with one that is reusable or recyclable or upcyclable or compostable and to eliminate problematic or unnecessary plastic packaging.

The goals are expected to be accomplished by 2025 for Thailand operations and by 2030 for overseas operations.

CP Foods will develop and manage packaging sustainably by considering throughout the value chain, achieving the company’s sustainable goal to cut waste disposal to landfill and incineration by 30% within 2020 when compared to 2015’s performance.

The company announced also that in 2017 it reduced waste disposal to landfill and incineration per production unit by 9.08% compared to the baseline year of 2015.

“CP Foods strives to be a responsible company with an environmental friendly value chain. Therefore, it has been working on the way to find alternative substitutes to single-use plastic materials, especially in the hotspot areas where plastic packages are frequently used such as feed mills, aquaculture farms and food processing plants,” Mr. Sooksunt Jiumjaiswanglerg, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) - Agro Industrial Business and Co-President of CP Foods, said.

Since 2017, 60% of animal feed bags used in the company’s livestock feed business in Thailand has been replaced by bulk feed tank. It is able to reduce 8,000 tons of plastic, helping the company to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emission by 17,000 of carbon dioxide equivalent. It also extend this successful practice to operations in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, the Philippines and Russia.

The company were able to reduce 1,600 tons of plastic, 3,600 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, at aquaculture farms by using Q-pass tank as a replacement of plastic baby shrimp containers.

 New technologies are applied at chicken and food processing plants to minimize plastic waste in production and logistic process, allowing the company to drop over 3,500 tons of plastic since 2006. The chicken and food processing plants target to achieve zero plastic bag to landfill within 2025.

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