PepsiCo to relaunch PLA-based SunChips packaging

16 February 2011 23:22  [Source: ICIS news]

SAN DIEGO, California (ICIS)--US food and beverage company PepsiCo will relaunched the bio-based packaging of its snack product SunChips this year after pulling it off the retail market in October, a company official said on Wednesday.

PepsiCo subsidiary Frito Lay pulled the compostable SunChips packaging because of consumer complaints of the noisiness of the bags, which are partially made from polylactic acid (PLA) supplied by NatureWorks.

“We got to work very quickly to make the bags quieter,” said Robert Godfroid, manager for food and beverage packaging at PepsiCo, during a panel discussion at the Next Generation Bio-Based Chemicals Summit in San Diego, sponsored by Infocast.

“We are committed to sustainability. One [focus] is in packaging materials, which needed to change [in order] to achieve some of our sustainability goals,” Godfroid added.

PepsiCo set a sustainability goal to have all its product packaging be renewable, recyclable or compostable by 2018. The company also set a goal to achieve zero waste across their supply chain within 10 years.

The Bio-Based Chemicals Summit ends Thursday.

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By: Doris de Guzman
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