Smurfit Kappa becomes first vegan certified packaging company
By Smurfit KappaGeneral
The Vegan Society has been helping individuals identify plant-based products since 1990. In recent weeks, Smurfit Kappa became the first packaging company to become vegan certified. Smurfit Kappa obtaining the Vegan Society trademark also marks the huge milestone of 60,000 products registered with the scheme.
No other packaging companies are registered with the Vegan Trademark and it has been made possible for Smurfit Kappa thanks to the Markham Vale site in the United Kingdom. Our vegan certified packaging products are produced using corrugated solutions, which are both vegan and environmentally friendly.
Vegan Certified Packaging
Smurfit Kappa is proud to be Europe’s leading corrugated packaging supplier, and one of the most reputable paper-based packaging providers in the world. Operating across 36 countries, with 48,000 employees, and more than 350 packaging plants, who better to take the title as the first ever certified vegan packaging solutions provider.
All products with the Vegan Trademark are produced using paper, glue, starch and inks which are all sourced from eco-conscious suppliers and free from animal products. We supply a wide range of vegan-approved packaging options, which are suitable for many products including fashion, cosmetics, food, drinks and more.
Many businesses are working hard to produce products which are vegan certified by The Vegan Society, but then packaging them in boxes and bags which don’t follow the same guidelines. Now, Smurfit Kappa can offer the opportunity to have vegan certified packaging to match vegan certified products.
An Ongoing Partnership With The Vegan Society
As well as becoming the world’s first vegan-certified packaging supplier, Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with The Vegan Society. Smurfit Kappa will be on hand to help other trademark holders produce vegan certified packaging for their plant-based product ranges.
The Vegan Society recently conducted research revealing that 97 per cent of vegans and vegetarians will look for vegan verification on food and drink products before making a purchase. What’s more, a survey completed in 2021 confirmed that the Vegan Trademark from The Vegan Society is the most trusted and recognised labelling scheme for plant-based goods. The verification symbol is now used on 60,000 products worldwide, including food, drink, clothes, household items, and more.
Senior Business Development Manager at Smurfit Kappa Markham Vale, Mark Robinson, said: “At Smurfit Kappa, we pride ourselves on providing innovative and sustainable packaging. We are thrilled to be the first packaging company to be recognised as Vegan Society Certified. This accreditation will give reassurances to customers with a preference for vegan products that all components of our finished products are cruelty-free and not from animal origin.”
Business Development Marketing Manager at The Vegan Society, Ericka Durgahee, added: “Announcing our partnership with Smurfit Kappa couldn’t have come at a better time. Not only are they the first packaging company to register products with us, but they are also the 60,000th product to hold the Vegan Trademark. We’ve come a long way since we registered our first product in 1990.”
For more information on Smurfit Kappa’s vegan packaging solutions, visit the website.
About Smurfit Kappa
Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with approximately 46,000 employees in over 350 production sites across 36 countries and with revenue of €8.5 billion in 2020. We are located in 23 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America. Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.
With our proactive team, we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-based packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.
We have a proud tradition supporting social, environmental and community initiatives in the countries where we operate. Through these projects we support the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on where we believe we have the greatest impact.