Joining Forces to Offer FSC-certified Carton Packs in SwitzerlandTetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company and GFTN-Sweden participant, has joined forces with GFTN-Switzerland participant Coop to offer carton packages bearing the FSC label on the Swiss retailer’s shelves. Starting with a range of packages for Coop stores in 2010, Tetra Pak plans to offer around 340 million FSC-labelled packages next year, representing around 60 per cent of its annual sales in this market.
The launch of FSC-labelled cartons in Switzerland marks another step towards Tetra Pak’s goal of having all its packages bear the FSC label, which is today considered the highest standard for the sustainable sourcing of wood fibres. The FSC label aims to assure consumers that the wood fibres in the package are traceable all the way through the supply chain back to the forest and that the paperboard used in the package comes from well-managed forests.
“Tetra Pak is committed to sustainable development and is working together with suppliers, customers, consumers and NGOs to create an environmentally responsible supply chain—starting with the forests all the way down to the retail shelf,” said Josef Meyer, Commercial Director, Tetra Pak Switzerland. Currently, only 5 per cent of the global forest stocks are FSC certified, and Tetra Pak is working with its partners to support an increase in supply. Since the introduction of the world’s first FSC-labelled liquid food cartons in the UK in 2007, Tetra Pak has introduced FSC-labelled cartons in several markets around the globe, with the total number exceeding 2.3 billion in 2009. Tetra Pak Switzerland joins the company’s operations in Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK in offering customers FSC-labelled packaging.
“We have been working worldwide with Tetra Pak for years, and we are delighted that Tetra Pak Switzerland is now FSC certified,” said Guido Fuchs, Managing Director of FSC Switzerland. “The commitment that Tetra Pak shows for people and the environment sets standards for an entire industry.”
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