British company, Müller, has said it is intending to acquire the capability to manufacture its own fresh milk packaging in the UK.
The company said this move will give it the means to accelerate the reduction of plastic use and increase the use of recycled plastic in its bottles to its goal of 50% by 2020.
Plastic bottles used for Müller’s branded label fresh milk products are already 100% recyclable.
It said it will also use its new asset to develop new packaging solutions.
Purchase of bottle manufacturing plants owned by Nampak have already concluded and Müller has said it is in advanced negotiations to acquire Nampak’s bottle manufacturing assets adjacent to its Severnside dairies, with hope of completion in Autumn 2019.
Once the deal is transacted, the Severnside bottle manufacturing plant will benefit from substantial investment from Müller to ensure that it has the capabilities and flexibility.
Müller Milk & Ingredients managing director Andrew McInnes said: “With these acquisitions we are changing our operating model to gain greater control and agility to ensure that our packaging is fit-for-purpose, recyclable and evolving to meet rapidly changing customer and consumer needs.
“Ownership of packaging assets immediately adjacent to our dairies gives us a significant advantage in our sector. Rather than being reliant on third party manufacturers or having to purchase and transport empty packaging from remote manufacturing facilities to our dairies, we will have the ability to make milk bottles in our own plants to our specification and pass them straight to our filling lines.”