Fazer and Sulapac have announced that they are partnering to research, develop and test plastic-free, biodegradable packaging solutions for foodstuff. The cooperation started in May. It supports Fazer’s strategy and objective of becoming a responsible, modern food company that seeks to reduce the use of plastic with the help of new technologies. Fazer will start by launching a confectionery gift box for Christmas 2018 that uses a Sulapac solution.
Fazer is constantly studying new packaging options and working to reduce the number of packaging materials – and especially plastic – used in its product packaging. It is impossible to eliminate packaging altogether in the food industry. Packaging, for the time being including plastic packaging, is needed to protect the products, to ensure the safety of foodstuffs, to increase the shelf life and ultimately help to reduce food waste and to provide product information to consumers. “Fazer is actively involved in discussions on recycling and re-use of packaging waste, as well as the development of new kinds of environmentally-friendly packaging solutions,” said Nina Elomaa, corporate responsibility director, Fazer Group.
Sulapac Oy is a young Finnish growth company that develops fully biodegradable packaging materials and solutions that contain no microplastics. Sulapac is a packaging innovation made from wood chips and natural, biodegradable binders. The wood chips come from forests under sustainable management. Fazer wants to help to develop the Sulapac packaging material to the next level, also for food packaging, and to be the first food company using this unique innovation in its packages.
Through this new cooperation, Fazer will support Sulapac’s research and development into food packaging. “Fazer can offer strong consumer and food expertise to interesting startups. Entrepreneurship is a natural part of Fazer, a company that has scaled up over 126 years from the innovative business idea of a single business owner to the leading producer of food and food services in the Baltic region”, says Päivi Juolahti, head of Fazer Lab, Fazer’s research and innovation unit.
“Collaborating with Fazer is an excellent opportunity to develop and learn together. It also shows that we can meet extremely demanding quality requirements. We will start with premium products, but the aim is to make Sulapac material available for all consumers around the world”, said Suvi Haimi, chief executive and founder of Sulapac.
Fazer wants to reform the food sector and to promote more extensive and transparent cooperation with universities, companies in different areas, and new startups. An ecosystem that produces innovations promotes the renewal of the food sector and provides new entrepreneurs with opportunities for growth, collaboration and networking.
Sulapac’s packaging innovation enables a variety of design solutions along with leading-edge design. Fazer and Sulapac are aiming to create gift packaging for Fazer’s premium products that combine sustainable development with a hint of luxury.
The current plan is that consumers will get their first taste of the cooperation between Fazer and Sulapac when Fazer launches assorted confectionery in biodegradable packaging that contains no microplastics.