Nine agricultural processing and food businesses in Ireland have formed Plastic Action Alliance, a new partnership that will focus on the use of more sustainable plastic packaging solutions in their respective supply chains.

The alliance members include ABP, Manor Farm, Irish Country Meats, Rosderra, Keelings, Monaghan Mushrooms, Country Crest, Nature’s Best, and C&D Foods.

These companies are from the beef, poultry, pork, lamb, fruit, vegetables, and packed salad sectors.

Bord Bia former CEO Aidan Cotter will act as the chair of Plastic Action Alliance, which will be driven by a steering committee and feature senior executives from each of the participating companies.

“The companies will focus on reducing single-use plastic packaging and introduce new sustainable alternatives.”

Cotter said: “The coming together of nine of the leading key players in Irish food production to look to arrive at solutions for the issue of plastics packaging is a significant development.

“These companies are leaders in their respective sectors and their combined experience will create a dynamic force that will likely punch well above its weight in seeking tangible solutions for the significant reduction of the use of plastic packaging on Ireland’s supermarket shelves.”

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Leveraging their food production experience, the companies will focus on reducing single-use plastic packaging and introduce new sustainable alternatives.

The alliance will work collaboratively with researchers from the plastics and packaging domain, as well as use their extensive international networks to ensure successful outcomes.