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New candy packaging is sweet on the environment

Marking its 20th year, the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation 2008 include a number of notable achievements in sustainable packaging.

During the 2007 Christmas season, Buchs, Switzerland-based confectioner Chocolat Frey AG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the MIGROS Group, began packaging its chocolate confections in recyclable paperboard cartons that incorporate compostable, biodegradable tray inserts supplied by Plantic Technologies, Ltd. ( The packaging is a recipient of a 2007 DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation.
The thermoformed tray inserts are made primarily from water-soluble cornstarch. And according to information provided by Chocolat Frey spokesperson Nadine Bachmann, the energy consumption required to manufacture these compostable trays is 50-percent less than that needed for petroleum-based plastic inserts.
The outer, white, satin-varnished paperboard box with gold blocked relief is litho-printed in six colors and supplied by Limmatdruck AG ( Labeling on the back of the box informs consumers that the tray insert is compostable and water-soluble. British food marketing giant Marks & Spencer is Chocolat Frey’s private-label distributor in the U.K.

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