Our product packaging is crucial to prevent food waste, guarantee quality and inform consumers.
During the innovation and renovation design process, we aim for performance and functionality while optimizing weight and volume. Our challenge is to find optimal packaging design that allows us to save packaging material and avoid food wastage.
By 2017, we aim to continue systematically analysing and optimizing our packaging portfolio, avoiding the use of at least 100,000 tonnes of packaging material globally.
In 2016, Nestlé in Central and West Africa has made a total saving of 145 tonnes of packaging.
At the Agbara factory, we have reduced the amount of material in our Milo 20g sachets by 8%. This is expected to generate annual savings of about CHF 480,000.
At the Agbara and Tema factories, we have also swapped from paper and laminate to monofilm in our Milo Enrgy cubes to save 60 tonnes of material each year, equivalent to a saving of CHF 550,000.
We also started using recycled cardboard instead of virgin cardboard in the display box packaging of our Nescafé Classic 2g sachets.
At the Flowergate factory in Nigeria, we are now packing Maggi bouillon tablets in 3-ply shipping cases (versus 5-ply), which has reduced our packaging by 22 tonnes. By reducing its shrink film packaging thickness from 60 microns to 50 microns, this has also saved 14 tonnes of packaging.
In Nigeria, Nestlé Waters has also made progress by using lightweight packaging. By the start of 2015, it renovated 60cl and 150cl bottles, which resulted in a saving of 172 tonnes of PET bottles and 43 tonnes of PET caps over a period of 12 months.