McCormick® Introduces 100% Recycled Plastic Food Color Bottle from Berry Global

To support extend their commitment to reaching 100% packaging that can be recycled, repurposed, or reused, McCormick is uniting with the packaging and plastics industry Berry Global. The partnership leverages Berry’s expertise and key to mechanically recycled rPET – polyethylene terephthalate. The new Neon Food Color bottles are produced from 100% post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and will start occurring on shelves across North America this month.

Partnering for the greater good

McCormick and Berry have selected 2025 sustainable packaging goals and science-based emissions decrease targets aligned with defining global temperature rise to 1.5°C with the help of the worldwide goal of net-zero emissions by 2050. By going to a bottle created from 100% PCR plastic, McCormick is boosting the circularity of its packaging while lowering associated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

“Deadlines for reaching sustainability goals are fast approaching, and brands like associates can deliver effective, impactful modes to get those commitments quickly. Berry’s sustainability expertise, connected with access to recycled content, delivers the proficiency to commercialize sustainable packaging explanations with a lower carbon footprint,” said Robert Flores, Vice President of Sustainability at Berry Global.

Reducing carbon emissions through packaging

LCA (lifecycle assessment) assesses McCormick will discover a reduction of 86.8 metric tons of CO2 emissions with the new PCR bottle compared to the same bottle produced from virgin material. It amounts to a 59% reduction in CO2 emissions, which is equal to:

  • Greenhouse gas emissions from 18.7 gasoline-powered passenger vehicles driven in a year
  • CO2 emissions from 201 barrels of oil consumed
  • Carbon sequestered by 103 acres of U.S. forest in one year

“By teaming with key vendors like Berry, we gain entrance to use recycled content. This 100% PCR bottle advances our journey towards our emission decrease goal through packaging,” said Michael Okoroafor, Chief Sustainability Officer for McCormick.

McCormick & Company accepts commitment as a global food industry leader by providing investments that have tangible benefits. The Company’s 2021 Purpose-led Performance Report highlights progress toward providing industry-leading financial performance while doing what’s suitable for people, communities, and the planet we share. 

This report details a series of commitments and clear performance targets for 2025 and beyond, aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – reinforcing commitments to sustainable sourcing and raw material procurement and limiting their environmental impacts.

Berry is resuming to leverage its scale to achieve over 600 million pounds of recycled plastic by 2025 – which clients, like McCormick, require to complete ambitious sustainable packaging goals. Through recycling progress and using responsibly sourced renewable resourced bioplastics, Berry’s purpose is to decouple packaging solutions from fossil fuels that create virgin plastic in the future.

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