Food Loss and Waste

​​​​​​​​​​Food loss and waste​

​​Reducing food loss and waste is one of the founding principles of Tetra Pak, and we continue to step up to help solve this global challenge. Food loss and waste is a serious problem: around a third of food that’s produced is lost or wasted, which in turn accounts for around 8 percent of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

How we do it

Firstly, our cutting-edge equipment and processes set the bar for keeping food from being spilled or spoilt during the production process, even at the early stages. With our Dairy Hub model, customers can collect milk from smallholder farms, which contributes to reducing food loss between production and transport to the plant. Minimising product waste is at the heart of all our development work, and key to every piece of our equipment.

Secondly, our packages​ are designed to prolong the life of food and help prevent it from perishing. Our wide variety of package sizes and closures means our customers can choose the right fit for their local consumers: combining the right size with the right closure helps make sure consumers can keep their food for longer and avoid any spillages. For example, when one of our customers in Japan realised their older consumers were struggling to finish a litre-sized product, we were able to offer half-litre or 900ml alternatives, thereby reducing consumer waste.

Alongside this, we offer our customers expert services solutions​ or access to digital platforms that are designed to help them achieve their food loss and waste goals. For example, we have a digitalized platform that creates an automated, real time connection between a supply chain and production planning.

We are involved with several organisations that are committed to solving the problem of food loss and food waste, as well as raising consumer awareness and responsibility. ​