Huhtamaki is launching fiber-based egg packaging, made from 100 percent recycled material, for U.S. egg producers. The company is bringing its fiber egg carton expertise to the U.S. as an alternative to foam egg packaging.
“We expect the demand for egg packaging in the U.S. to reach 4.3 billion packs in 2025. The market size presents a great opportunity for the egg producers looking to shift to fiber-based egg packaging ahead of legislation and bans on polystyrene foam packaging,” said Tyler Hodges, sales manager for Huhtamaki North America.
“Huhtamaki’s experience with molded fiber product design and operations is extensive worldwide, and we will fully leverage this for the needs of the U.S. market.”
Currently, 12 states have enacted legislation aimed at banning expanded polystyrene packaging. The most common application for this material includes foam “peanuts” for packing, coolers, food service cups and plates and egg packaging.
In 2022, Huhtamaki announced a $100 million investment into a 250,000-square-foot expansion of its Hammond, Indiana, molded fiber manufacturing plant. Huhtamaki’s technology will provide a full range of customizable egg cartons that are fiber-based and manufactured from 100 percent recycled North American materials. The cartons will offer increased branding space and will be available in several colors.
“We are pleased to work with Huhtamaki since we are aligned with their vision to protect food, people and the planet,” said Ryan Miller, CEO of Farmers Hen House.
“One of the pillars of our business is to be good stewards of the environment, our farmers and the community. For us, this includes sustainable packaging. It is simply the right thing to do.”
This investment into the North American market demonstrates Huhtamaki’s commitment to making packaging better through optimization of material use, developing sustainable options and delivering fit-for-purpose packaging that helps transition to a circular economy.
Huhtamaki is a provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world. Its products protect on-the-go and on-the-shelf food and beverages and personal care products, ensuring hygiene and safety. The company is committed to achieving carbon-neutral production, designing all products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.
With 100 years of history, the company operates in 37 countries and 116 operating locations around the world. Huhtamaki Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, while its U.S. headquarters is located in De Soto, Kansas.
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