South Australian family company Detpak to export compostable foodservice packaging

South Australian family company Detpak to export compostable foodservice packaging

A family-owned South Australian packaging group with around 3,000 employees worldwide has announced its sustainable packaging arm will start exporting a range of compostable products including plates, bowls and containers into Southeast Asia and the Middle East.

Detpak, which is part of the Detmold Group that has been in business since 1948, has more than 1,000 paper and board packaging solutions in its stable including its own innovations home compostable hot cups with water-based linings, while it was the first to bring waxed wraps to the Australasian market.

Since 2021 the group has added to its offering by partnering with US innovator Eco-Products, distributing its compostable, no-added PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) sugarcane food service packaging under the branding 'Eco-Products from Detpak' within Australia and New Zealand.

Now its agreement with Eco-Products has been extended to new territories, bolstering an already international presence for the Detmold group with manufacturing in seven countries and 23 sales offices.

"In South East Asia and the Middle East, consumers are becoming increasingly concerned about food waste and used packaging disposal and more conscious of composting and using more products made from recycled content," says Detmold general manager of product and brand, Keith Bishop.

"By expanding our product range into new and emerging international markets, we are stepping up to create a more sustainable packaging industry through compostable and plant-based materials that are better for the environment – such as the no-added PFAS Vanguard range."

Detpak launched the Vanguard range in late 2023, becoming the first Australian business to release a broad range of certified compostable, no-added PFAS sugarcane plates, bowls and containers, made from renewable, molded sugarcane fibre.

EcoProducts president Ian Jacobson believes the partnership will help service global trends being seen within the market.

"Globally, both Eco-Products and Detpak are seeing a range of similar legislative and consumer trends that are impacting the packaging landscape," Jacobson says.

"“Both businesses have a strong strategic focus to deliver innovative and sustainable packaging solutions to the market and together we have unmatched reach in our ability to identify and commercialise innovative new solutions the meet the elevated sustainability requirements of the global foodservice packaging marketplace

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