Nature’s Best and ABP part of plastic fight
ABP and Nature’s Best, which are based in Louth are part of Plastics Action Alliance, the new food collaboration that aims to make plastic packaging more sustainable.
ABP, Nature’s Best and seven of Ireland’s leading agricultural processing and food businesses have come together to make the plastic packaging in their respective supply chains more sustainable. Plastics Action Alliance is the new collaboration that includes market leaders from Ireland’s beef, poultry, pork, lamb, fruit, vegetables and packed salad sectors. Aidan Cotter, former CEO of Bord Bia, will be Chair of Plastics Action Alliance.
Members of Plastics Action Alliance, which represent significant but different elements of the agri. food sector are: ABP (beef ); Manor Farm (poultry); Irish Country Meats (lamb); Rosderra (pork); Keelings (fruit), Monaghan Mushrooms (mushrooms), Country Crest (vegetables and prepared meals), Nature’s Best (salads) and C&D Foods (petfood).
The project will be driven by a steering committee which is made up of senior executives from each of the participating companies.
All participants will use their collective food production experience and expertise to significantly reduce problematic single use packaging from the supply chain, whilst also introducing innovative and more sustainable alternatives. The group will also work with leading researchers in the area of plastics and packaging and leverage their extensive international networks to ensure successful outcomes.
Commenting on the launch of the collaborative programme, Aidan Cotter, Chair of Plastics Action Alliance said: “The coming together of nine of the leading key players in Irish food production to look to arrive at solutions for the issue of plastics packaging is a significant development. These companies are leaders in their respective sectors and their combined experience will create a dynamic force that will likely punch well above its weight in seeking tangible solutions for the significant reduction of the use of plastic packaging on Ireland’s supermarket shelves”.
Ardee based ABP Food Group is one of Europe’s leading agri-business companies employing more than 10,000 across 51 processing sites in nine countries. The company was founded over 60 years ago and operates across four divisions: Beef, Renewables, Pet Foods and Proteins. ABP is recognised globally for supplying high quality beef for the retail, food service and manufacturing sectors. More than 200 Michelin Star restaurants serve ABP Beef on their menu. ABP is a founding member of Origin Green and a signatory of the Plastic Pact in the UK.
Nature’s Best ltd. is a second generation family business, operating from a 75,000 sq. ft. premises with 250 employees producing over 200 healthy convenience salads on a daily basis. The company is the leading salad manufacturer in Ireland supplying product to all major retailers nationwide.
ABP and Nature’s Best, which are both based in Louth are part of Plastics Action Alliance, the new food collaboration that aims to make plastic packaging more sustainable. Pictured is (L:R) Paddy Callaghan founder of Nature’s Best (prepared salads); Vincent Carton Managing Director, Manor Farm (Chicken); Aidan Cotter, Chair of the project and former CEO of Bord Bia; and Martin Kane Managing Director ABP ‘s operations in Ireland (Beef).