WOLFERTSCHWENDEN, Germany , April 15, 2021 (Press Release) -Slicing and portioning food without waste, developing packs made of recyclable materials, ac-tively supporting sustainability initiatives and collaboration: In a new short film, MULTIVAC explains how the company is engaging in the battle against climate change - as the only specialist packag-ing business, which has managed to be in the list of "50 Sustaina-bility & Climate Leaders". The film can now be seen on the website https://uk.multivac.com/en/multivac/.
Climate change is proceeding at pace. Governments alone cannot avert the threat. Industry and commerce worldwide has to become active. In order to inspire companies to become involved in the battle against cli-mate change, the media company Bloomberg has initiated the "50 Sus-tainability & Climate Leaders" campaign, which promotes the most suc-cessful company strategies for sustainability. Part of the initiative is a documentary series, which presents approaches to all aspects of sus-tainable business activity.
“The film shows, how significant our sustainability drive at many differ-ent levels is for our daily business operation,” explains Christian Trau-mann, Group President of MULTIVAC. At the end of 2021, the company will also take part in a summit organised by the United Nations, at which the 50 Climate Leaders will come together for podium discussions, de-bates and interviews. The short film was made for this summit, which was postponed due to coronavirus, but can now be broadcast.
Reducing food wastage by 10 percent
The battle against waste in food processing is one of the pillars of MUL-TIVAC's sustainability strategy. For example, the state-of-the-art equip-ment produced by the MULTIVAC Group makes it possible to slice and portion food without waste and with a high level of process reliability. This precision is today more relevant than ever. Figures from Germany's Federal Agricultural Ministry show that just in Germany alone, more than 2.2 million tons of food are lost every year during processing - for example due to slicing trim and damaged or faulty packs. “Thanks to innovative portioning and slicing solutions, it is possible to reduce pro-cess-related food waste by around ten percent,” emphasizes Christian Traumann. “We also pay particular attention to ensuring, that the pack-aging process at our customers is always resource-saving and gentle on the product thanks to the right machine technology, suitable packaging materials and an optimum pack design.”
Other significant areas of action in MULTIVAC's sustainability strategy are the optimisation of the company's internal and logistical processes, as well as the sustainable production of packaging machines with a par-ticularly long service life.
The issue of sustainable packaging is also top of the agenda at MULTI-VAC. In order to reduce CO2 emissions and worldwide plastic waste, the MULTIVAC Group is working with leading manufacturers on the devel-opment of sustainable packaging materials, for example made from mono films or renewable materials, as well as designing the appropriate machine technology. “One of the most important issues at the moment, as regards climate protection and sustainability, is the proactive support for our customers, so that by 2025 the majority of all packs can be made from recyclable packaging materials,” explains Christian Traumann.
Collaboration with initiatives, research institutes and universities
Achieving more together: MULTIVAC is also involved in a large number of initiatives and collaborative projects to advance sustainability solu-tions. The company is a founding member of the Save Food Initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and it collaborates with many international associations such as the Circular Plastics Alliance and CEFLEX, as well as national organisa-tions like the VDMA industry association and its "Blue Competence" ini-tiative. “And last but not least, our collaboration with universities and research institutes makes a major contribution to rethinking packaging materials and designing more sustainable pack concepts,” says Christian Traumann in summary.
MULTIVAC is one of the leading providers worldwide of packaging solu-tions for food products of all types, life science, and healthcare products, as well as industrial items. The MULTIVAC portfolio covers virtually all re-quirements of processors and producers in terms of pack design, output, and resource efficiency. It comprises a wide range of packaging technol-ogies, as well as automation solutions, labellers, and quality control sys-tems. The product range is rounded off with solutions upstream of the packaging process in the areas of portioning and processing, as well as bakery technology. Thanks to our extensive expertise in packaging lines, all modules can be integrated into complete solutions. This means that MULTIVAC solutions guarantee a high level of operational and process reliability, as well as efficiency. The MULTIVAC Group has approximately 6,500 employees worldwide, with some 2,300 based at its headquarters in Wolfertschwenden. With over 80 subsidiaries, the Group is represented on all continents. More than 1,000 sales advisors and service technicians throughout the world use their know-how and experience to the benefit of customers, and they ensure all installed MULTIVAC machines are uti-lised to their maximum.