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We are committed to realising a 20 % reduction in our food and packaging waste by 2020. To achieve this goal, we have already begun making efforts to reduce packaging and raw materials waste in production. We are also making a contribution to reducing the food waste of our customers and consumers. Packaging materials play a major role in all of our considerations.

Gerold Schatt, Head Sustainability Emmi Group, Focus area responsible «waste»
Gerold Schatt, Head Sustainability Emmi Group,

Focus area responsible «waste»


Packaging: not just a pretty case

Food packaging has to perform several different functions and its development is a complex process that keeps many of our employees on their toes. Unfortunately, it’s rarely possible to satisfy all demands in equal measure. Because packaging has only a limited impact on a food’s environmental effects, product protection takes priority at Emmi.

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Throwing food away shouldn’t be worthwhile

Hand on heart, we at Emmi waste food. Less so at our Swiss production facilities than those abroad, but there is room for improvement across the board. Reducing food waste is comparatively easy when it’s financially worthwhile, but becomes more complicated in situations where we dispose of food because it’s the simplest and cheapest solution.

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Dairy products “often keep longer”

Products with a best-before date, which include dairy products, often have a much longer shelf life. This is why Emmi is teaming up with Too Good To Go and adding the designation “often keeps longer” to a selection of its products.

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Too good to go

Too good to go

According to estimates by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), around a third of all food worldwide is lost or thrown away. In many industrialised countries, private households are responsible for almost half the food waste, and in this, best-before dates act as a double-edged sword.

Ostermundigen, Switzerland

Closed-loop paper recycling

Thanks to Model AG, there is now an economical solution for reintroducing plasticised paper bags into the paper cycle, which is good for the environment and the companies involved.

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Ostermundigen, Switzerland

Dynamic product loss management

When we talk about product losses at Emmi, we don’t mean masses of yogurt and cheese being thrown away.

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Product donations for a good cause

It is our fundamental aim that everything we produce can be delivered to our customers as flawless products. Sometimes, though, it’s not possible to prevent more of a product being manufactured than the quantity ordered.

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Are agrosynthetics an alternative?

The majority of foods today come in petroleum-based plastic packaging. This offers many benefits, including protection of the product against air and, depending on the material, light. The finite nature of petroleum (crude oil) and its impact on the environment, however, mean that this packaging is not sustainable, which is why alternatives are constantly being sought. Agrosynthetics are one such option, and were recently addressed by the FiBL and Bio Suisse.

Pero, Italy

Rachelli plays its part

Reducing the packaging material used for food is always a delicate balancing act. If it makes the packaging significantly less stable and too exposed to air and light, then you lose more than you gain.

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