Leading foodservice packaging manufacturer, Graphic Packaging International will supply half a million sustainable food buckets to KFC Australia for Australian cricket’s Big Bash League 2018.
Graphic Packaging’s award-winning, non-plastic solution was selected by league sponsor KFC Australia due to its outstanding eco-credentials. Manufacture of the recyclable bucket, which has been developed and commercialised over the last five years, is exclusive to Graphic Packaging’s Winsford, UK, site.
Mike Turner, managing director at Graphic Packaging, commented: “We’ve had a successful working relationship with KFC UK and Ireland for some time now. And whilst the company has its own bucket supplier in Australia, its requirement for a renewable solution meant that Graphic Packaging International was, without question, the supplier of choice.”
The 100 per cent plastic-free bucket is ideal for protecting and presenting KFC’s product, featuring a robust, grease-resistant lining which prevents the build-up of excess oil. A glossy finish has been achieved with clay coating to enhance print vibrancy without the need for a plastic coating.
Combatting packaging waste is a major concern for Australian organisations. The Australian government has pledged that all packaging in the country should be 100 per cent reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025.
“KFC Australia’s adoption of the GPI Foodservice bucket is a step in the right direction toward meeting the country’s sustainability targets” adds Turner. “We’re delighted to be supporting them in this venture.”
The Big Bash League will begin on December 19 when defending champions Adelaide Strikers take on the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba. A total of 59 matches will be played, concluding with a final scheduled for February 17.