As a food company producing snacks for consumers across the UK and internationally, we recognise that we have both a significant impact and an opportunity to make a positive difference to the natural world.
We’ve focused our efforts on reducing our use of packaging, cutting energy and water use, and driving down all kinds of waste.
This work is driven through a wide range of active projects across our UK operation as well as internationally in partnership with our parent company, Intersnack.
We have an ongoing programme to reduce the amount of packaging in our products and have made great progress over the past few years. In 2021 we have even bigger plans to reduce our packaging:
- We’ve invested in new equipment at our Ashby factory to allow us to pack products more efficiently. This will help us cut a further 142 tonnes of packaging across Skips, Nik Naks and Space Raiders
- More planned packaging changes will allow us to save 35 tonnes of plastic on Popchips sharing bags, 52 tonnes on Hula Hoops six-packs, 36 tonnes on Butterkist, 30 tonnes on Hula Hoops Puft and 38 tonnes on McCoy’s
- By the end of 2021 we’ll have removed 410 tonnes of plastic from our packaging chain
Snack pack recycling
By March 2021, our TerraCycle partnership had recycled some 9.5 million snack packs – and we’ve been able to turn some of that into ping pong tables, garden planters, picnic tables, benches and bird feeders which we donated to two community charities close to our Ashby and Slough sites.
KP’s pacKPromise is a three-step plan to reduce our whole packaging impact.
Phase One - use less packagingWe have an ongoing programme to use less packaging, which includes reducing the amount of plastic film we use to make our snack packs and cutting down our use of cardboard for distribution packaging.
Phase Two - snack pack recyclingOur partnership with TerraCycle® is well under way. It means there are now 500 public drop off locations around the UK where you can drop off your used KP Snacks packs for recycling.
Phase Three - full recyclabilityWe are working on new materials and working with the UK Plastics Pact, to try and ensure that all our plastic film packaging will be fully reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025.
Driving down waste
100% of our factory food waste is already either recycled into animal feed, where its calorific content adds value back into the food chain, or it’s re-used in other creative ways (such as starch from potato processing, which has various industrial uses).
All KP factories have been zero waste to landfill since 2012 but numerous projects continue to drive down our total waste, with the aim of a reduction of at least 5% every year. In 2018 we achieved an overall reduction of 13% and in 2019 a further 5.52%
Cut out food waste
Total food produced by KP: 104,206 tonnes
- Waste as a % of production: 5.5%
- Waste to animal feed: 5,754 tonnes per year
- Overall food waste produced: 0 tonnes
Use less water
We want to reduce the water we use in production. McCoy’s in Teesside is our heaviest water user – it’s our biggest factory and processes raw potatoes for crisps. So, we installed a water treatment plant at Teesside which now recycles more than half a million cubic metres of water a year. All our factories also have rainwater harvesting equipment which we use to flush the loos. So far, these measures have helped cut our overall use of water by over 70%.
By packing smaller, putting more products on a pallet, sending snacks direct to our retailer customers (rather than via a hub) and making sure every vehicle is fully laden, we significantly cut both transport costs and our environmental footprint.
In 2021 we will need 644 fewer lorry journeys to deliver Skips, Nik Naks and Space Raiders!
We have set ourselves the long-term goal of eliminating palm oil from the direct ingredients list of our products. For those limited items where palm oil is currently still an ingredient, we only use RSPO segregated or mass balance sustainable palm oil.
We have developed a sustainability index which gives us insights into the current sustainability performance of our grower base, and highlights opportunities to improve the sustainability of this key raw material going forwards.
We have cut our CO2 emissions by over 30% since 2007 and apply our ISO 50001 accreditation at all sites to identify further opportunities. In 2019 we achieved a 10.5% reduction in energy use across our business over the previous year. From LED lighting everywhere to more efficient transport and distribution, it’s a process of continuous improvement.