Reducing the impact our business has on the environment is very important to us at KP and we work in partnership with our parent company in a number of areas to reduce use of water, energy and packaging and to drive down our waste.

Energy Reduction

We’ve cut CO2 by 34% since 2007

We have ISO 50001 accreditation across all our sites to improve energy management

Our factories have LED lighting installed

Focus on Packaging

The majority of the flexible film packaging we use is designed to be recyclable however there are a limited number of facilities currently capable of doing so in the UK and therefore we are working at a Group level on developing more sustainable options that continue to ensure food safety and quality standards can be maintained. As a responsible food manufacturer, we have also signed up to the UK Plastics Pact.

Lowering our water use

We have been working hard to reduce our water use across our business, especially that used by our sites in production. Our McCoy’s factory in Teesside is our heaviest user of water since it is where raw potatoes are processed to make crisps. We’ve installed a water treatment plant at the site which recycles more than half a million cubic metres of water a year. We have also installed rainwater harvesting at all our sites. So far, these measures have helped reduce overall water use at Teesside by 72%, and across the whole of KP by 71%.

We us 11% less packaging than 10 years ago

90% of our corrugated cardboard cases are made from recycled sources.


KP is investing £30m in an optimisation programme at our Ashby factory, where we make brands like Hula Hoops, Skips and Space Raiders. As part of stage 1 of the project we will reduce the amount of material used on our larger multipack outer wrappers this year by circa 11.2 tonnes or 23% vs the current multipack format. As a result of the improved efficiency on our supply chain we will remove over 5,000 pallets and 100 trailers from the roads. In addition, we will also reduce our corrugated case use by circa 80 tonnes per annum.