(L:R) Paddy Callaghan founder of Nature’s Best (prepared salads); John Walsh, Irish Country Meats (lamb); David Keeling ,Managing Director, Keelings Retail (fruit) Aidan Cotter, Chair of the project a
Plastics Action Alliance, the recently formed Group that comprises of 11 leading agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland, including Longford based C&D Foods, have set out their key objectives. The industry leading Group aim to significantly reducing the use of plastic packaging across their operations.
Formed at the end of 2018, the Plastics Action Alliance is a collaboration that represents significant but different elements of the agri-food sector, including: ABP (beef); Aurivo (dairy); Manor Farm (poultry); Irish Country Meats (lamb); Rosderra (pork); Keelings (fruit), Monaghan Mushrooms (mushrooms), Country Crest/Ballymaguire Foods (vegetables and prepared meals), Nature’s Best (salads); C&D Foods (petfood); and Bandon Co-Op (dairy).
The key objectives for members of the Plastics Action Alliance are:
· To reduce both the use and quantity of plastic packaging without compromising on quality, shelf life and consumer experience;
· To eliminate unnecessary single use plastics from everyday activities across all member sites by the end of 2020 – water bottles, straws coffee cups etc.
· No longer use PVC in packaging where viable alternatives exist with the required functionality by the end of 2020