Hilton Foods is one of the leading trans-Tasman suppliers of meat and added-value meat products to major supermarkets across Australia and NZ. Their products, all of which are palletised before leaving their premises, include red meat, poultry, sausages, fish, burgers, meatballs, kebabs, sousvide items like pulled pork and lamb shanks as well as a vegetarian and vegan line.
Finding ways to be more sustainable in the supply chain is an important part of doing business in 2022 – so with Bunzl and Hilton Foods’ mutual desire to reduce their environmental footprint and meet their sustainability goals, James Beleno, Bunzl’s National Business Development Manager in Industrial Packaging, stepped up to the challenge.
After an onsite inspection of Hilton Foods Fully Auto pallet wrappers, James made the necessary adjustments and quickly ensured a minimum 30% reduction on the film used for each pallet wrapped.
“When it came to Hilton Foods, I did my homework around their machine settings, and adjusted their processes,” he says. “One of
our main goals was to reduce the overall pallet wrap used to not only realise commercial savings but greatly reduce Hilton Foods’ environmental footprint.”
Due to the success, these processes were replicated across all sites in Australia and NZ. The film used in this process is unique to Bunzl and was developed through years of research and innovation.
Jim Rowntree, Bunzl’s Business Development Manager, says, “The benefits of this pallet wrap are not only in the significant cost reductions, but also in improving Hilton Foods environmental footprint. We can see this in the 129-tonne reduction of plastic now being used annually.” This pallet wrap is making great headway in the sustainability space with not only Hilton Foods, but other major users of this product across the country.
Need help with your sustainability goals? Then contact our team at sustainability@ bunzl.com.au.