US-based material science company Footprint has launched a portfolio of bio-based packaging designed to help supermarkets make their operations more sustainable.

Intended as a replacement for single-use plastics and foam, the products are based on plant-based fibre solutions that Footprint is currently delivering to individual food producers.

Footprint sales senior vice-president Jeff Bassett said: “Footprint is already delivering new materials for frozen food, ready-to-eat, dairy, meat and produce suppliers to replace plastic before products get to the supermarket.

“To accelerate the transition, we’ve created a set of offerings for supermarkets to use with their own private-brand products or to support in-store packaging and eliminate legacy plastic.

“We believe Footprint is best positioned to replace legacy plastic with plant-based solutions in every aisle of the supermarket.”

Footprint has collaborated with several global consumer brands to test the packaging solutions, which are now available in stores.

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The company is also delivering the products directly to supermarkets ‘at scale’.

Albertsons Own Brands senior vice-president Chad Coester said: “Our partnership with Footprint has helped us to expand our offerings of bio-based packaging options that support our commitment to reducing plastic waste.

“These innovative materials will help us work toward our Plastics and Packaging Pledge goals to have 100% of our Own Brands product packaging be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.”

Footprint has also added other items such as mushroom or berry containers and produce trays to its supermarket line.

The company provides new materials for suppliers of frozen food, ready-to-eat, dairy, meat and produce with the aim of helping them reduce the use of plastic across their supply chain.

Footprint focuses on designing and developing plant-based sustainable products to replace plastic, employing more than 2,500 people in total.

Last December, the company entered a definitive merger agreement with special purpose acquisition vehicle Gores Holdings VIII.