The packaging of a food product is primarily intended to protect the shelf life of the product and to ensure product safety. Packaging may also play a significant role in reducing food waste.
Apetit uses mainly plastic and paperboard as product packaging materials. In addition, glass is used in Neito rapeseed oil bottles and metal is used in oil canisters sold for industrial use. Wood is used in the palletised transport of product batches. Plastic is used as packaging material in many Apetit products: for example, all frozen vegetable mixes come in plastic packaging. Apetit rapeseed oils are also packaged into plastic bottles.
In 2020, Apetit started to introduce thinner plastic in the packaging of frozen vegetables sold in retail stores. This will save a total of 25,000 kilos of plastic per year. In Apetit products sold in retail stores, approximately 40 per cent of packaging materials used by Apetit are renewable. When it comes to plastic packaging, 28 per cent are made of recyclable materials and 2 per cent are made of renewable materials.
In Apetit’s corporate responsibility programme, one of the goals is to increase the use of recyclable packaging materials. Labelling on packaging has been developed in connection with labelling updates, especially with regard to recycling instructions. Apetit’s organic vegetable mixes and selected novelty products are packaged in recyclable Green PE packaging. Green PE is made of ethanol refined from sugar production by-product and does not contain fossil raw materials.
Apetit reports the amounts of packaging material it puts out into the market in accordance with the EU Packaging Directive and pays recovery fees for the organisation of material recycling.