WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - As Growers of Good™, we’re always working hard at Del Monte Foods, Inc. to reduce the footprint of our packaging by investing in new materials and redesigning existing materials. Since 2009, we have been reducing our use of plastics and metal. Today, only 4% of our packaging by weight contains any plastics; the rest is fully recyclable steel, glass or paper based.
Additionally, despite increasing sales volume, we’ve eliminated the use of 11.4 million pounds of plastic and 34.5 million pounds of metal since 2009. But we’re not stopping there.
Our Packaging Goals
We’re committed to taking care of the earth by continuing to push for more progress. Currently, we’re working to develop a compostable fruit cup as well as beverage and fruit cups that contain post-consumer recycled content. Additionally, we aim to:
- By 2025:
- Include 25% recycled content into plastic packaging once recycled polypropylene supply is available and FDA approval is received.
- Add How2Recycle® icons to 100% of our packaging.
- By 2030: Convert plastic packaging to 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable.
History of Sustainable Packaging
For the past 130+ years, most of our products have been packed in steel cans, which have the highest recycling rate of any material. We ship and protect products in corrugate, which contains 33 percent recycled content. Our paper-based products are 100 percent certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® or Forest Stewardship Council®. Additionally, we participate in the How2Recycle initiative of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition® to inform consumers how to correctly recycle our recyclable packaging.
As members of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and Consumer Brands Association, we advocate for improving recycling infrastructure and exploring new packaging options that are more widely recyclable and use a higher proportion of recycled content.
Learn more about Del Monte Foods’ commitment to sustainable packaging and our Environmental & Social Governance efforts here.
About Del Monte Foods
For more than 130 years, Del Monte Foods, Inc. has been driven by our mission to nourish families with earth's goodness. As the original plant-based food company, we're always innovating to make nutritious and delicious foods more accessible to consumers across our portfolio of beloved brands, including Del Monte®, Contadina®, College Inn®, S&W® and Joyba™. We believe that everyone deserves great tasting food they can feel good about, which is why we grow and produce our products using sustainable, and earth-friendly practices for a healthier tomorrow.
Del Monte Foods, Inc. is the U.S. subsidiary of Del Monte Pacific Limited (Bloomberg: DELM SP, DELM PM) and is not affiliated with certain other Del Monte companies around the world, including Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc., Del Monte Canada, or Del Monte Asia Pte. Ltd. For more information about Del Monte Foods and our products, please visit www.delmontefoods.com or www.delmonte.com.