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  • The UK’s leading cheese brand¹, Cathedral City, wins ‘Flexible Plastic Pack of the Year’ at the UK Packaging Awards 2023
  • Amcor and Saputo Dairy UK’s new grated cheese packaging solution is recognised for its improved sustainability, performance and convenience 

Amcor (NYSE: AMCR, ASX:AMC), a global leader in developing and producing responsible packaging solutions, in collaboration with Saputo Dairy UK, a producer of leading British food brands, have been awarded ‘Flexible Plastic Pack of the Year’ at the UK Packaging Awards 2023. The companies have been recognised for developing a new, recycle-ready grated cheese packaging for the nation’s favourite cheese brand, Cathedral City. Utilising Amcor’s AmPrima® recycle-ready packaging, the flowpack for grated cheese meets consumers’ demands for product freshness, convenience and improved sustainability.

The new recycle-ready grated cheese flowpack provides a 47% reduction in carbon footprint² compared to Cathedral City’s previous packaging. It is designed in accordance to The Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging (CEFLEX) guidelines, and is certified as recyclable by the cyclos-HTP institute.

Consumers can now recycle the new mono-PE AmPrima® flowpack for Cathedral City with bags at large supermarkets or alternatively via the TerraCycle Cheese Packaging Recycling Programme, available at various locations in the UK.

“The collaboration between both companies addresses some of the biggest challenges facing cheese manufacturers -how to switch to more sustainable packaging that can run on high-speed production lines, while maintaining the same level of product protection and shelf life. Our AmPrima® solution runs on Saputo Dairy UK’s existing filling machines, enabling a seamlessly transition to a more sustainable alternative,” said Yi Jiang, Marketing Director Dairy at Amcor.

According to Amcor’s recent research, 70% of European hard cheese consumers ranked “proper sealing” as the most important packaging requirement³. To ensure convenience for shoppers, the new Cathedral City grated cheese packaging has an easy-close zip function to keep the product fresh and reduce food waste.

“The switch to the new recycle-ready packaging marks a significant milestone for Saputo Dairy UK and the nation’s favourite cheese brand. We’ll continue to strive to offer award-winning solutions like this one in order to progress on our commitment to making 100% of our packaging reusable, recyclable or compostable,” said Neil Richards, Packaging Controller at Saputo Dairy UK.

This award-winning pack is an example of Amcor’s ever-increasing portfolio of recycle-ready packaging. Amcor are dedicating significant resources to fulfilling its pledge to develop all of its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025, with over 80% of its global flexible packaging portfolio available today in recycle-ready solutions.

Learn more about Amcor’s AmPrima® recycle ready solutions range for dairy at: https://www.amcor.com/sustainability/products/amprima/emea/dairy

Find out more about Saputo Dairy UK’s sustainability initiatives at: https://uk.saputo.com/en/our-promise/environment

¹ Kantar 52w/e 1st October

²  Based on Amcor’s ASSET Life Cycle Assessment system, certified by the Carbon Trust

³ Based on a study  by Amcor in March 2023 – surveying over 3,000 cheese consumers in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and Sweden.

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