Na­ture’s Best and ABP part of plas­tic fight

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

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).

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