The Migros subsidiary tegut now also offers minced meat in cartons. The self-service packaging for “tegut Bio” and “tegut LandPrimus” minced meat products is 75 percent less plastic.
Instead of a plastic bowl, the minced meat will in future be made from cardboard lined with a thin plastic film. By separating the cardboard from the film, the individual recyclable materials in the packaging can be recycled separately. “Minced meat products are the best-selling foods in our self-service meat department. That’s why it was particularly important to us to find a quick and sustainable solution that could be used in a simple way to achieve a high benefit. For tegut… this new form of packaging is just another milestone towards 100 percent plastic-free packaging in the future,” says Christian Leuthner, head of Freshness at tegut Central Purchasing.
Together with packaging experts and its supplier Ludwigsluster Fleisch- und Wurstspezialitäten GmbH & Co. KG in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The small amount of plastic required for lining the packaging and for the top sealing film is recyclable. The virgin fibre board used is made from 100 percent renewable raw materials. “For us, this is by no means the end of the story: 100 percent plastic-free self-service packaging is our goal. The first series of tests are already in progress,” reports Leuthner.
Kaufland has also announced that it will be offering minced meat in the self-service carton counter from autumn 2019.