KFC Announces New Packaging Initiative

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VAUGHAN, Ont. — KFC Canada, alongside its global KFC counterparts, has committed to ensuring all plastic-based, consumer-facing packaging will be recoverable or reusable by 2025. The goal supports KFC’s long-term plan to implement a more sustainable packaging strategy in its restaurants — both by developing and using sustainable-packaging options — and builds on progress made in some markets to eliminate plastics completely.

To meet these goals, KFC has developed a roadmap that includes partnering with major suppliers and franchisees globally to identify plastic alternatives in each market. The chain is currently conducting an audit of current systems with franchisees to identify plastic-waste-reduction opportunities; partnering with suppliers to identify sustainable packaging alternatives for items such as straws, plastic bags, cutlery and lids; and setting market-specific goals to reduce, reuse and recycle.

“As a global brand that operates more than 22,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries, KFC is in a position to have a real impact on how the industry approaches waste and packaging management overall,” says Tony Lowings, CEO of KFC. “With environmental sustainability as a core aspect of how we do business, this commitment represents a public acknowledgement of the obligation we have to address these serious issues.”

KFC has also committed to global packaging innovation by signing on as a supporting partner with NextGen Consortium — a multi-year, multi-industry global consortium that aims to advance the design, commercialization and recovery of food-packaging alternatives.

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