US-based biotechnology firm Danimer Scientific has secured a deal to develop biodegradable film resins, which will be used in packaging for PepsiCo’s existing snack food and beverage range.
Developed to meet PepsiCo’s sustainable flexible packaging requirements, the new films will include Danimer’s Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA) bioplastic.
In October 2016, PepsiCo announced its 2025 sustainability agenda that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its value chain and to design fully recoverable or recyclable packaging for its products.
PepsiCo vice chairman and chief scientific officer Dr Mehmood Khan said: “From the start PepsiCo has taken a holistic approach to our sustainability work.
“Our first objective is achieving long-term profitability and that requires sustainable solutions to grow our business while minimising our environmental impact.
“Our plan to scale Danimer Scientifics’ technology is a step toward achieving both our greenhouse gas emission reduction and our recoverable and recyclable packaging goals.”
Additionally, Danimer plans to expand its Nodax PHA plant in order to facilitate the production of film resins for PepsiCo.
Danimer Scientific CEO Stephen Croskrey said: “Danimer Scientifics’ partnership with PepsiCo marks a significant milestone as we continue to expand our biopolymer technology to provide innovative bioplastic solutions to a wider range of applications and products.”
The company noted that its Nodax PHA is a naturally occurring biopolymer produced by microbial bacteria as they ferment organically sourced oils.
Using renewable biomass, Danimer produces its Nodax PHA biopolymer, which can replace the use of various petroleum-based plastics.