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HKScan switches to renewable paper-based packaging

Mondi has collaborated with a Nordic food manufacturer HKScan to provide renewable packaging for its Falukorv sausage by switching from an unrecyclable plastic multi-layer material to a paper-based alternative.

Sustainable packaging is a high priority for HKScan, which sells over eight million Scan Falukorv sausages every year in Sweden alone. The company has pledged to achieve a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2025 and aims to achieve a carbon-neutral food chain by the end of 2040.

Mondi used its EcoSolutions approach to collaborate with HKScan’s R&D team to provide the right barrier paper without requiring any changes to its existing production lines. The new packaging comprises renewable materials and is made with responsibly sourced paper and bio-based plastic. The paper is sourced, coated, and printed in Sweden, so transportation is kept to a minimum. 

The new packaging can be disposed of in Swedish paper recycling streams thanks to its majority paper content. Mondi’s packaging ensures the Scan Falukorv sausage remains fresh and intact in transportation, and the packaging provides excellent print quality for an attractive presentation on the shelves.

‘Our aim is always to develop fit-for-purpose packaging that is sustainable by design,’ said Jonas Fridberg, business solutions manager for functional paper and films at Mondi. ‘Our work with HKScan to facilitate its switch to recyclable and renewable paper packaging for Scan Falukorv is a great example of that. It has led to a significant reduction in carbon impact, with no change in the consumer experience, and that is truly something to be celebrated.’

Maria Häger, director of quality and environment at HKScan Sweden, added: ‘Reducing our environmental footprint is one of our most important priorities at HKScan. The barrier paper from Mondi is a valuable piece of the jigsaw puzzle, enabling us to proudly announce this new, recyclable packaging for our Falukorv sausage, reducing its CO2 impact from the previous solution by 70 percent. This represents a vital step in our sustainability journey and is helping us get closer to achieving our climate targets of achieving a carbon-neutral food chain by the end of 2040.’

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