Around Noon £250k investment to reduce plastic packaging use

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Around Noon has invested £250k in its own label printing operation
Around Noon has invested £250k in its own label printing operation

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Food-to-go firm Around Noon has invested £250,000 into an in-house printing operation in a bid to save more than 60 tonnes of plastic each year.

Around Noon Print will meet all the manufacturer’s label printing needs, giving it the flexibility to add and delist products quickly and efficiently.

The manufacturer has also acquired a flexographic printing press that will allow all of its labels to be cut and printed on recyclable paper, reducing its plastic label waste to zero.

‘Strategic investment’

Gareth Chambers, Around Noon chief executive (pictured), said: “This is a strategic investment by Around Noon to bring all label printing in-house, providing us with greater flexibility, security of supply, a range of efficiencies and most importantly, the ability to meet our sustainability goals by dramatically reducing our plastic usage.

“Environmental sustainability is extremely important to Around Noon and this investment helps us to deliver on the latest stage of our ‘Keeping it Green’ manifesto.”

Established in 1989, Around Noon supplies a range of sandwiches, wraps, salads, fruit pots and cold pressed juices to customers including forecourt and convenience retailers and cafes.

Around Noon acquisitions

The manufacturer has made a number of acquisitions over the past five years as it continued to grow.

In 2017, the company bought premium sandwich and snack maker Chef in a Box, its first step into strengthening its presence Greater London and providing a platform for further expans9ion in the UK.

October last year saw Around Noon acquire healthy convenience food firm Simply Fit for an undisclosed amount, in a bid to diversify its range and expand its reach in the UK and Ireland.

Meanwhile, Graphic Packaging International has made multiple machinery investments across its production sites in the UK and Europe​ in order to meet demand for its paper food trays.

Paul Tye, business development director at Graphic Packaging, said sales of PaperSeal trays had grown significantly in 2020 as demand grew for sustainable, recyclable and reusable packaging substrates.

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