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Muller acquires bottle manufacturing plants in drive to reduce plastic use

It has acquired plants next to two of its dairies and was in ‘advanced negotiations’ on two more.


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Muller acquires bottle manufacturing plants in drive to reduce plastic use

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.


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Muller recycling facts

  • Milk bottles and cream products are 100% recyclable
  • Since 2016, 10,000 tonnes of plastic has been removed from milk bottles
  • Commitment to using 50% recycled plastic in its plastic milk bottles by 2020
  • Since 2006, over 23,000 tonnes of plastic has been removed from Muller yogurts and desserts

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.

 

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“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.”

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