Each year, over 12,000 tonnes of Perfect Italiano Mozzarella embark on a journey from Fonterra's Stanhope manufacturing site in northern Victoria to be expertly shredded at our secondary processing site in Tullamarine in Melbourne.
From there, it tops millions of pizzas across Australia and travels to countries including Singapore, Malaysia, and Hong Kong.
Traditionally, transporting this massive amount of cheese in hefty 10-kilogram blocks for processing meant considerable packaging – including 600,000 cardboard cartons – so Fonterra set itself a challenge to cut out the cardboard on the route to Tullamarine.
Jenny Phillips, Fonterra Australia's Sustainable Packaging Manager, said that this innovative initiative is just one of 26 sustainable packaging projects in progress.
“Our aim is to ensure that by 2025, 100% of Fonterra Australia's dairy product packaging will be reusable, recyclable, or compostable. Additionally, we're targeting zero waste to landfill by the same year, and reducing waste in our supply chain is pivotal to achieving this goal.
"While the mozzarella is still securely wrapped in plastic which is crucial for food safety and waste reduction, eliminating cardboard will significantly bolster our sustainability efforts.
“The benefits extend beyond reduced cardboard use. This initiative eliminates the need for frequent cardboard waste collections from the Tullamarine site and minimises manual handling to enhance the health and safety of our on-site team.
“This latest packaging project underscores that our much-loved dairy products can be delivered sustainably without compromising on the quality our customers expect,” said Jenny.