Cardboard replaces plastic in the packaging of Kespro’s Menu spices

K Group’s foodservice wholesaler Kespro sells more than 100,000 packages of spices every year. Therefore, the choice of packaging has a big impact. By switching to cardboard packaging, Kespro is reducing its plastic consumption, while also reducing the amount of other packaging waste during transport and storage.

The changes to spice packaging are part of Kespro's sustainability efforts as the company strives to reduce its environmental load.

“Spices are one of the most used product categories in the foodservice business, so their packaging matters. Kespro sells more than 100,000 spice packages each year. By switching to cardboard packaging, we reduce the consumption of plastic by over 6,500 kilos each year,” says Minna Tuominen, the Product Manager in charge of spices at Kespro.

Going forward, only two of the 30 products in Kespro’s Menu spice range will come in plastic packaging: vanilla pods and bay leaves, which for quality assurance reasons cannot be packaged in cardboard at the moment.

“We are currently in the process of replacing the packaging. We’ll roll out cardboard packaging once existing product batches have been sold out,” Tuominen explains.
The first cardboard packages were introduced in May 2019, containing, for example, vanilla sugar, taco mix and new products chilli, cumin and thyme.

Materials savings at the warehouse

Coinciding with the switch from plastic to cardboard, Kespro is also making changes to the transport packaging of spices, giving up cardboard boxes completely. From now on, transport items are held tightly together by cardboard frames. This method of packaging significantly reduces packaging waste at the warehouse.

Unlike the old plastic packages, cardboard spice packages do not come with a sprinkler feature. Here, Kespro wants to encourage its customers towards sustainability and the use of durable refillable spice shakers.

Certified cardboard

The new packaging for Menu spices is made from FSC certified cardboard.

“It’s great that we are able to make almost the whole product family more sustainable at one go. I believe the change will also help our customers who are currently thinking of ways to make their business more sustainable. Selecting Menu spices is a more responsible choice,” says Tuominen. 

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