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Tillamook Advances Stewardship Mission With New Packaging Goals; Paul Snyder and Jocelyn Bridson Comment

Tillamook Advances Stewardship Mission With New Packaging Goals; Paul Snyder and Jocelyn Bridson Comment

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

Pushing sustainability to a new level, Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) has announced new packaging goals. The Certified B Corporation® (B Corp™) continues to put its stewardship into action to order to reduce food waste and educate consumers.

Paul Snyder, Executive Vice President of Stewardship, Tillamook County Creamery Association"Our decision-making around packaging is dynamic as we think about everything from the design, material selection sourcing, and consumer behavior," said Paul Snyder, Executive Vice President, Stewardship, Tillamook County Creamery Association. "At TCCA, our goal is to provide a great product that's good for our business, our Tillamook brand fans, and for the environment."

According to a press release, the 112-year-old farmer-owned cooperative intends to achieve the following goals:

  • Avoid additional and unnecessary packaging while prioritizing the uncompromising quality of its products and the reduction of food waste
  • Commit 100 percent of its packaging solutions to being recyclable, reusable, or compostable by 2030
  • Increase recycled content to 20 percent (on average) in its plastic packaging by 2025 and eliminate use of all virgin plastic by 2035
  • Source all virgin paper packaging from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)-certified materials and use 50 percent or more recycled fiber by 2025
  • Educate consumers on actionable ways to reduce food waste and properly dispose, recycle, or re-use Tillamook packages

Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) recently announced new packaging goals across its portfolio

The way TCCA evaluates its packaging is by conducting thorough, science-based lifecycle assessments (LCAs). The cooperative has already completed LCAs for its cheese, yogurt, and ice cream packaging. As part of the LCAs, TCCA measures multiple packaging aspects, such as the greenhouse gas emissions and other environmental impacts associated with material sourcing, transportation, production, and the final destination of Tillamook packaging.

Jocelyn Bridson, Director of Environment and Community Impact, Tillamook County Creamery Association"By studying the environmental impact of our current product packaging, we have a clear vision of what alternatives—if any—can help us further reduce our environmental impact," said Jocelyn Bridson, Director of Environment and Community Impact. "Our approach to packaging sustainability starts and ends with science. It is complex, data intensive, and absolutely worth it."

While the stated packaging goals are new, TCCA's dedication to packaging-related sustainability is not. This year, TCCA introduced the Tillamook® Creamery Collection yogurt served in a reusable cup, a first-if-its-kind offering for the cultured category.

In addition to its own efforts, TCCA has made an industry-wide push to make sustainability a goal for all. The co-op is an active member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition in the Innovation Center for the U.S. Dairy's Packaging Working Group. TCCA also recently joined an effort to combat global food waste by teaming up with major retailer, Kroger, and hundreds of suppliers worldwide to commit to a reduction of 50 percent in food waste among TCCA's own operations by 2030.

Deli Market News applauds the efforts of Tillamook as it looks to a more sustainable future.