Major food and drink firms aim to improve plastic recycling in Africa
By Jules Scully - Apr 2nd, 10:02
Diageo, Unilever, The Coca Cola Company and Nestlé have joined forces to improve the collection and recycling of plastics in Africa.
The companies have jointly formed the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance, which aims to turn the current challenge of plastic waste in sub-Saharan Africa into an opportunity to create jobs and commercial activity.
As part of the project, the companies will share knowledge, encourage innovation and collaborate on technical and other solutions appropriate for sub-Saharan Africa, as well as participate in local pilot initiatives.
They have also pledged to engage with the investment community and policymakers to accelerate the development and financing of the necessary waste management infrastructure and systems.
The alliance was announced this week at the CEO Africa Forum, a conference dedicated to the private sector in Africa.
In a joint statement, the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance founders said: “Plastics will remain an important packaging material if we are to give African consumers the safe and affordable products they need. However, we need to ensure that used packaging does not end up as litter."
“Unfortunately, a lack of collection and recycling capacity in many African markets coupled with growing populations is creating a growing problem of plastics waste. We see an opportunity to tackle that problem in a way that creates jobs and reduces dependency on imported materials while alternatives to plastics are developed."
“Collaboration within and across markets will be key to success, so we are proud to launch the Africa Plastics Recycling Alliance today to increase those efforts and play our part as companies in finding solutions that work for Africa.”
While plastics make up less than 5% of Diageo’s total packaging materials, the company said it has been taking “firm steps” to minimise the impact of its plastics footprint.
Diageo Africa president John O’Keefe said: “Plastics are important to the future of Africa and in Diageo Africa, we have plastic packaging alongside our glass and can format to meet consumer needs in different markets."
“We have adopted a proactive approach to establish new, and leverage existing, multi-stakeholder partnerships which support the collection, processing, reuse and recycling of plastics and stimulate the market for recycled plastics. This new alliance represents the next important stage of this to accelerate and scale-up our localised in country recycling efforts.”FoodBev
Woolworths carves out market share in SA
27/11/2019 - 10:11
In Australia, David Jones's sales declined 2.1%, with the company saying a store refurbishment contributed to the decline.
Coca-Cola introduces sustainable packaging solution for multipacks
26/11/2019 - 10:40
Coca-Cola is rolling a new paperboard solution for multipacks of cans as part of its drive to eliminate plastic and use more sustainable packaging in its supply chain.
Push and pull strategies work together to keep consumers coming back for more
26/11/2019 - 10:20
The retail sector is under increasing pressure as consumers have shrinking disposable income in a strained economy. Maintaining share of wallet is critical. Relying solely on a push route to market strategy from manufacturers into retailers is not enough to get consumers buying products. A pull strategy needs to coexist with the push to drive brand consumption. Integrating these strategies requires intelligent and insightful decision-making. This, in turn, requires data generated through smart technology which provides line of sight across the value chain from manufacturer to distribution, retailer to the consumer.
Today’s customers are loyal to speed and convenience, not brands
25/11/2019 - 11:15
Consumer expectations are rapidly shifting as technologies such as mobile, geolocation, social media and increasingly, Internet of Things devices and wearables, connect people to a world of easily accessible information and convenient services. With the ability to browse, compare and order with a few swipes and taps, consumers are becoming trained to value convenience and service above nearly anything else.
Gearing FMCG manufacturing for the red season spike and maximising profits all year round
25/11/2019 - 11:03
As we enter the festive season, demand for Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) increases rapidly, often leaving manufacturers scrambling to fulfill orders from their distribution channel. If demand cannot be met, then loss of revenue is inevitable. However, over-production is not an ideal solution either, as it can leave manufacturers sitting with unsold stock that costs money to store.