Gippsland Dairy launches new reduced-plastic packaging

Chobani Australia, the company behind Gippsland Dairy, has released new sustainability focussed packaging for its Gippsland Dairy 160gram products – reducing the plastic per unit by almost half.

The removal of the product’s lid is part of Chobani’s commitment to Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and the 2025 National Packaging Targets (the 2025 Targets), including to reduce unnecessary or problematic plastics, and follows the earlier removal in 2023 of the embedded plastic spoon as part of Victoria’s ban on single use plastic cutlery.

Once all Gippsland Dairy 160gram products transition to the new packaging, Chobani is set to remove 95,000 kilograms of plastic from its business in 2024 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with sourcing and  transporting the packaging (lids and spoons) through its supply chain and to retailers.

The move is a key milestone in the company’s progress against the 2025 Targets, which form a crucial part of its sustainable packaging roadmap.

Tim Browne, general manager ESG and general counsel, said Chobani is proud to have executed this change in line with its 2025 Target commitments.

“Our commitment to sustainability is an ongoing journey – one that demands time, effort and an unwavering dedication to continuous improvement,” said Browne.

“We’ve worked closely with our industry partners to explore innovative approaches to deliver on our commitment in line with the nationally recognised industry targets.”

“We’re really proud of this important milestone. As we implement our sustainable packaging roadmap we hope to make even greater strides towards similar packaging innovations and a more sustainable future.”

Chris Foley, CEO of APCO, said it’s small but impactful changes like this that consumers need to see more of in the very near future.

“2025 is creeping up and we’re delighted to see Chobani on track to deliver on their commitment to the 2025 Targets,” said Foley.

The new packaging will now feature a black band around the  circumference of the pot’s top, emulating the lid to ensure consumers can spot the distinctive product on  shelf.

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