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Plastic Packaging and the Supermarkets

Wrap-up - 18/09/2020

In our latest wrap-up ... PLASTIC PACKAGING and the supermarkets, the BBC, in perspective, in the circular economy, and in the news.  A hard look at soft fruit, counter-terrorism policing and customer service, and more …

PLASTIC PACKAGING and the supermarkets

  • Lidl has expanded its commitment to reducing own-label plastic packaging, targeting a 40% reduction by 2025.
  • Iceland is calling on other grocery chains to publish their "plastic footprints".
  • Co-op's Packaging Technologist Rob Thompson responded to Iceland on LinkedIn saying: "We already have a single way of reporting. We call it the #ukplasticspact."
  • Ian Perkins, of Faerch, added to the Iceland debate by sharing a LinkedIn post that "the bigger the 'plastic footprint' in packaging, the lower the CO2 emissions".


National Flexible are vexed by the Beeb's initial response to their complaint about its "anti-plastic bias". They say: "The BBC employs over 22,000 people, the public pay some £3.7 billion in licence fees, yet it cannot respond to complaints inside one month."

PLASTIC PACKAGING in perspective

  • Why do we need it – the important functions that plastic serves in our modern lives.
  • What the experts have to say – discussing everything from the impact of the proposed Plastics Packaging Tax to forecasting plastic leakage. 

PLASTIC PACKAGING in the circular economy

  • The CEFLEX Position Paper entitled "Accelerating the circular economy for flexible packaging – a recommendation for recyclable mono-materials" is now being made available.

And in the news …

  • As also featured in Packaging Europe and other publications this week, we have launched a new range of mono-polymer material lidding films, made from polypropylene (PP). The lidding films are ideal for the packaging of poultry, meat, and chilled prepared foods and are designed for recyclability.

HARD LOOK AT … soft fruit

  • Packaging Automation have revealed that their retrofitable soft-seal function for tray-sealers "dampens and cushions the impact during the seal cycle to give reduced energy consumption and protects your soft fruit from damage".
  • Proseal have provided a presentation showing advances in top sealing and how these innovations have benefitted the soft fruit industry.
  • Here at KM Packaging, we have published a focus on innovative packaging solutions for soft fruit.


  • Aluminium copper and white trays that i2r Packaging Solutions say are "looking absolutely amazing in M&S".
  • Our own K Foil, a range of lidding films suitable for sealing to coated aluminium trays and uncoated foil trays, with weld and peel options.

And finally … 

Plus … Counter-terrorism policing and customer service 

So, what do sky-diving, yoga, and counter-terrorism policing have to do with customer service at KM? They enrich the profiles of three of our team who are taking on exciting new roles.

Meet Katie, Ann, and Nora >> 

From the KM team … stay safe, keep up the good work, and value plastic.

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Waging war on food waste

In this week's wrap-up … Waging war on food waste. The lidding films that extend shelf life. Confirmation and challenges of the Plastic Packaging Tax. Growing the recycling capacity of pots, tubs, and trays. How flexible packaging supports a circular economy. And more …

Recycling Roadmap for Flexible Packaging

In this week's wrap-up … FLEXIBLE PACKAGING and a recycling roadmap, viability of mechanically recycling, new circular economy consortium, and the future of sustainability. Survey reveals the best and worst supermarkets. Updates from the tray sealing world. Our views and news. And more …

Konrad is boxing clever with customer service

He might like to duck and dive in the boxing ring, but Konrad Webster doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to delivering customer service here at KM Packaging.

Recognising World Environment Day

In this week's wrap up ... recognising World Environment Day, release of the “Designing for a Circular Economy” guidelines, how young voices are being raised for recycling, and confusion around plastic – the good, the bad, and the not so ugly.

Optimising Resource Efficiency with Advanced Lidding Solutions

KM Packaging, a leading global supplier of flexible packaging and lidding films, has harnessed its leading-edge Peel range of advanced lidding film solutions to develop new, resource efficient, reduced-plastic packaging

C is for ... our high value characteristics

Benjamin Franklin campaigned to have it removed from the alphabet. It can sound like “ess”, “kay”, and “shh”. On its own, it could be centigrade, a century, or a computer language. In fact, since the days of ancient Rome, the letter “C” has been changeable, curious, and central to some confusion.

But, for us, “C” leads into six of the characteristics we value the most highly. 

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