FrieslandCampina develops recyclable cheese packaging

Dairy multinational FrieslandCampina has developed a fully recyclable and lighter version of its resealable packaging for cheese. The move will cut the company’s use of plastics for its most popular cheese packaging in Europe by 30 per cent.

“Resealable packaging is needed to protect the cheese, prevent food waste and guarantee quality,” said Patrick van Baal, global director of packaging development at FrieslandCampina. “We are constantly working on improving our packaging, making the production process more sustainable and with better recycling options. I am proud that we have succeeded in significantly reducing the environmental impact of our cheese packaging.”

Cheese packaging is often made from different types of plastics and, as a result, is a challenge to recycle. FrieslandCampina’s new packaging is made from polypropylene – a material that can be separated, recycled and reused more easily.

FrieslandCampina wants to make all of its packaging recyclable by 2025 and, via internal initiatives and its work with organisations such as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, wants to move towards fully circular packaging.