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Bunzl Catering Supplies highlights divisional sustainability initiatives in its Q2 Sustainable Future report

Thursday June 23, 2022

Bunzl Catering Supplies launches its quarter two Sustainable Future report (April-June) this week. A key part of its market-leading communication strategy on sustainability, the 14-page interim report features the most recent, significant sustainability initiatives undertaken by Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division under its three sustainability pillars: people, customers and suppliers.

Opening the report, Bunzl Catering Supplies outlines the key features of it Sustainable Future programme in a 2-page value proposition. Under its three pillars, people, customers and suppliers, the Sustainable Future programme drives communication, collaboration, and stakeholder engagement on a range of corporate sustainability issues. The Sustainable Future programme is underpinned by long-term objectives to deliver UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which provide a clear path for continual environmental improvement.

Under its ‘people’ pillar, Bunzl Catering Supplies highlights a recent contribution to charity Hope4. At its Sustainable Future conference in March, Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, together with 14 partner suppliers, raised £6350 for nominated charity Hope4. Hope4 was founded by Chris and Zoe Lomas in January 2021, to help transform the lives of children in Moldova, where conditions within employment and institutional care are extremely poor.

Katie Shaw, Head of Purchasing at Bunzl Catering & Hospitality Division, comments: “When we spoke to our suppliers at our conference about the critical work that Hope4 was undertaking in Moldova and the Ukraine, we were overwhelmed by the generosity of their response.”

Also in the ‘people’ section, AGGORA announces it is switching five of its fleet vehicles to electric vehicles as part of the Sustainable Future programme. The 100% electric Vauxhall Vivaro e vehicles will have a range of up to 205 miles between charges, will travel with greatly reduced noise and have zero tail pipe emissions.

The introduction of electric vehicles at AGGORA supports Bunzl plc’s commitments and carbon efficiency targets announced in 2021.

Ross Emery, Managing Director at Aggora, comments: The launch of the electric vehicles has been widely supported by our engineers and our customers, and supports our sustainability initiatives in line with our Sustainable Future programme. We are committed to switching more vehicles to electric in the future, aiming for at least 10% of our fleet by the end of 2023.”

Under its ‘customer’ pillar, the brochure outlines an ongoing  partnership between Bunzl Catering Supplies and its customer WSH to identify what food packaging options will best drive forward a sustainable approach and promote the 3 R’s: reduce, reuse, and recycle at WSH sites.

With its industry-leading Sustainable Future programme, Bunzl Catering Supplies has provided WSH the most up-to-date information and advice on product bans and restrictions, as well as being the first to show the business product innovation with sustainability attributes.

Several WSH clients have introduced reusable food packaging at their sites. Take-out meals are served in reusable ‘eco to go’ containers and then returned at designated collection points on site, these containers are then washed and ready for reuse. At some sites, the reusable container is given free with the first meal and then a discount applied when the container is returned on the next purchase.

Meanwhile, Tri-Star has been working with the  Mai Sushi brand, part of the Hana Group, including Marks and Spencer’s headquarters in London. Tri-Star, in partnership with supplier Sharpak, has successfully completed a trial of sushi packs made with 30% Prevented Ocean Plastic™ into two sites served by the Mai Sushi brand.

The Prevented Ocean Plastic™ programme is a global recycling initiative which helps tens of thousands of people around the world to earn their living, clean their coastlines and prevent ocean plastic.  From July 2022, sushi packs made with Prevented Ocean Plastic™ will be delivered into a 22 further Mai Sushi sites.

In the ‘supplier’ section, reusable and recyclable EcoCore® hot cups and lids from supplier Bockatech are showcased. Bockatech believes its new EcoCore® technology can address sustainability challenges in the foodservice industry and is championing a new area of reuse EcoCore® hot cups and lids.

EcoCore® is a new technology that produces injection-moulded packaging for food service applications. Products made with EcoCore walls have a smooth inner face and a wavy outer face separated by an insulated foam core, typically reducing the amount of material needed to make products with the same performance as solid alternatives.

EcoCore® hot cups are light weight, insulated, durable and recyclable, can be reused multiple times and are dishwasher safe up to 1000 cycles. The key element to EcoCore® cups is that they provide a comparative-cost reusable alternative to single-use paper cups. The injection moulding cuts weight and cycle times to drive costs down and approach a parity with paper.

Made from a single material, polypropylene (PP), EcoCore® hot cups can be recycled. This means that alongside reuse, the product has the potential to be used in a closed loop system.

Justin Turquet, Head of Sustainability at Bunzl Catering Supplies comments: “Bunzl Catering Supplies is utilising its interim Sustainable Future reports to share and celebrate best practise and innovation in sustainability across the Catering & Hospitality Division, recognising specific industry and legislative challenges and highlighting the collaborative endeavour and achievements to overcome them.”

As a leading supplier of food packaging and hygiene products, Bunzl Catering Supplies is committed to making hospitality happen for a sustainable future.  To read the Sustainability Report April-June 2022 – click here.