Gressingham slashes carbon footprint with packaging overhaul

As the main supplier of duck in the UK, we have put sustainability in the spotlight with our new linerless packaging that makes huge strides in reducing environmental impact and saving manpower.

We have teamed up with Coveris and Ravenwood, leaders in innovative and sustainable packaging solutions, to give our fresh duck portion products a new look that will reduce our carbon footprint and save over 24 tonnes of waste material per year.

“Working with Coveris and Ravenwood has been hugely successful, with both companies understanding our two-part vision to reduce our carbon footprint, whilst retaining our premium look and feel,” explains Rebecca Alderton, Brand Manager at Gressingham Foods.

“As one of the only independent brands in the meat, fish and poultry aisle, we needed the linerless labels to mimic the appearance of the sleeve packaging as much as possible in order to retain our brand recognition and shelf appeal, whilst proving that more eco-friendly packaging changes can be achieved in the sector,” adds Rebecca.

The new linerless labels from Coveris replace our previous labour-intensive and time-consuming three-tier packaging process, which involved Darfresh film on thermoformers on portions of fresh and raw duck and then hand-applying cardboard sleeves to every pack. A third stage was sometimes used to apply a promotional label. In terms of manpower it could involve up to six people.

With less weight, reduced waste and fewer reel changeovers required, the packaging refresh has streamlined operations and resulted in a huge carbon emissions saving of 3,400 CO2 in kg per year. This is a lightweight and sustainable packaging alternative that will save us 24 tonnes of material per year. In terms of carbon footprint, this will reduce by approx 3,400.96 CO2 in Kg per year.

The new packaging will roll out on shelves from this month, across all outlets.