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Wrap-up - 15/07/2020

In this week's wrap up ... we're hiring a graduate trainee, satisfying our love of Indian food, how alternatives to plastic packaging "emit more greenhouse gases", an inside look at edible, natural, and biodegradable packaging, and more …

We're hiring

Do you know any outstanding graduates looking for a trainee role? We have a new opportunity within our commercial team, involving a focus on building long-term relationships with customers. 

This is a challenging and rewarding role working with food manufacturers and suppliers around the globe to protect, present, and preserve food.  Please spread the word. 

More details >>

You Ask and Our Experts Will Answer

Thanks to all who joined our first Zoom drop-in session this week, "You ask and our experts will answer". It was fabulous to talk to industry peers and customers from the UK and elsewhere including South Africa and Chile.

We covered topics ranging from sustainability, food waste and the opportunity to extend shelf life with laser perforation, recycled content in film, and implications of the upcoming Plastics Tax on food waste.  

Our next session will be announced shortly and will be hosted at a time suitable for our Australian audience to also participate. In addition, we will aim to introduce either a waiting room system or time slots. 

If you would like to be advised of when the next session will take place or wish to submit any questions, please let us know on:

[email protected] >>

Talking politics to influence change

The impact of the Plastics Tax and Brexit-related import duties are two hot topics we have recently been discussing with our local MP, Tom Pursglove. In their current form, both will disadvantage UK manufacturing in the home and export markets as well as threatening jobs.

The consultation deadline for "Plastic Packaging Tax: policy design" is 20th August, 2020, and the BPF have issued their draft response to members today.

On these and other key matters, we would urge you to also engage with your MP … it can help to influence change.

Meeting our MP >>
Plastics Tax consultation >>

Food for thought …

Talking about the circular economy …

  • Alternatives to plastic packaging "emit more greenhouse gases" – a new report that looks at the carbon impact of packaging material has found that, in most cases, cardboard, glass, steel, and aluminium have higher emissions than plastic.
  • Is a world without trash possible? – the Ellen MacArthur Foundation says: "The circular economy is meant to reshape the global economy to eliminate waste."
  • The challenges for flexible packaging – UK Plastics Pact and WRAP call for a move to mono-materials and Peter Maddox, Director of WRAP, says "developing a recycling system for flexible plastics" is key to meeting targets.
  • Green for go – WRAP is calling on the government to make a circular economy part of its green recovery plans and has illustrated the benefits to the UK economy of doing so.

And finally …

From the KM team … Stay Safe and Keep up the Good Work.

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£1 million fund to boost flexible plastic recycling

In this Wrap-Up-date … an important news story that’s just been released.

Meeting the 'tough and competitive' challenges of flexible packaging
  • Industry expert Alan shares views in his new role
  • Need to be clear about the value plastic delivers
  • Not just down-gauging but using more recycled content
Shop and drop your flexible packaging

In the Wrap-Up this week … Shop and drop your flexible packaging. The store guide to recycling. Call to halt overseas dumping. Waste producers put in the spotlight. Why litter prevention is essential. And more …

Meeting the seriously strong demand for meat-free products

"I'm a vegan," said Graham. "You'd never guess it," responded Vince. "Do you know what a vegan is, Vince?" Graham asked. "Of course he knows what a vegan is, don't you, Vince?" interjected Penny. "Absolutely, I never missed an episode of Star Trek," Vince said cheekily.

Then canned laughter filled living rooms across the UK.

The world – and humour – has come a long way since the sitcom "Just Good Friends" aired in the 1980s.

Packaging innovation key to fighting food waste

In this week's wrap-up … Packaging innovation and food waste. Flexible packaging and recycling. EU report on biodegradable plastics. Benefits of tray sealing. Dates for your diary. The best meat alternatives for Veganuary and developing a taste for mealworms! And more …

Taxing Matter of Recycled Plastic
  • Manufacturers likely to be taxed if PCR is less than 30%.
  • Experts disagreed with exclusion of filled imports.
  • Need to bridge gap between recycled and virgin costs.
  • Demand may exceed ability to supply.

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