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Sustainable food packaging company Huhtamaki has collaborated with International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to donate €500,000 towards Covid-19 coronavirus emergency relief efforts.

It will be directed through Finnish Red Cross and will boost efforts in Asia and Europe.

Huhtamaki president and CEO Charles Héaulmé said: “Huhtamaki plays an essential role in ensuring food safety and availability and reducing food waste, as acknowledged by governments internationally. This contribution is only one part of our support towards alleviating the impact of the pandemic globally.

“We have partnered with the International Red Cross, a leading global organisation, to do our share in helping tackle the humanitarian aspect of the Covid-19 crisis. This emergency affects us all, regardless of where we are around the world, and together we can make a difference where it is most needed.”

In addition to this, Huhtamaki has encouraged its management teams across its 81 locations globally to help the local community.

Héaulmé added: “If there is anything this outbreak has emphasised, it is how interconnected and dependent we are globally. Our initiative today underlines our commitment to protecting people, food and the planet.”

Headquartered in Espoo, Finland, Huhtamaki specialises in providing food-on-the-go and food-on-the shelf packaging solutions.

Earlier this month, the company secured 100% ownership of its Brazilian joint venture (JV) company Laminor.

Last month, Huhtamaki revealed plans to integrate its two business segments, Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania and Fiber Packaging.

Confirmed cases on coronavirus have breached two millions marks globally, while death toll stood at 145,563.