Plantic Technologies Limited today announced its first major customer in the European market, Nestlé UK (Nestlé) in the United Kingdom. Nestlé is using Plantic® bioplastic for the trays in their Dairy Box® chocolate range.
Plantic®, an innovative bioplastic developed and commercialised in Australia has been in use in the Australian market for two years with a range of local manufacturers. The benefits of the Plantic® trays are their lower environmental impact compared to petrochemical plastics whilst still providing the protection, presentation and economics that plastic packaging is expected to deliver.
Plantic® is made from starch, a renewable resource, and is compostable and biodegradable. The most unusual feature of Plantic® is its reaction to water. It immediately begins to disintegrate upon contact with water.
“This is an important development for Plantic. Nestlé is the largest food company in the world and one of the market leaders in the European confectionery market,” said Brendan Morris, Chief Operating Officer of Plantic. “We look forward to expanding our supply relationship with Nestlé, and to growing our sales of Plantic® trays to the wider European market”.
The Dairy Box® tray is the largest product line currently using Plantic® bioplastic, with over six million trays per year used for the product. The Dairy Box® range is available in the UK and Ireland.