It has acquired plants next to two of its dairies and was in ‘advanced negotiations’ on two more.
Muller has confirmed a multi-million pound move to manufacture its own fresh milk packaging in the UK.
Acquisitions of bottle manufacturing plants owned by Nampak adjacent to Müller’s dairies at Bellshill and Manchester have already concluded.
Muller was also in advanced negotiations to purchase Nampak’s bottle manufacturing assets adjacent to its Foston and Severnside dairies with a view to completion of these transactions in October 2018 and Autumn 2019.
On completion, Muller will provide ‘substantial investment’ to the Severnside bottle manufacturing plant in state of the art capabilities and flexibility.
Andrew McInnes, Muller Milk and Ingredients managing director said it had already removed 10,000 tonnes from milk bottles since 2016.
“We are also actively increasing the use of recycled plastic and seeking significantly higher levels of sustainable packaging innovation.
“With these acquisitions we are changing our operating model to gain greater control and agility to ensure that our packaging is fit-for-purpose, recyclable and evolving to meet rapidly changing customer and consumer needs.”
He added it meant they were no longer reliant on third party manufacturers or transporting packaging from remote facilities.
“Muller is continually reviewing packaging materials used throughout its UK operations to ensure that they are fit for purpose and can be recycled wherever possible
“The business supports the Government’s plans for a circular economy and is working actively with WRAP to achieve greater resource efficiencies.”