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Gippsland Dairy yogurt now made with 44 per cent less plastic

Chobani Australia, the company behind Gippsland Dairy, has released new sustainability packaging for its Gippsland Dairy 160gram products.

Chobani Australia, the company behind the stirred yogurts, Gippsland Dairy, has released new sustainability focussed packaging for its Gippsland Dairy 160gram products reducing the plastic per unit by almost half.

The removal of the product’s lid is part of Chobani’s commitment to Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) and the 2025 National Packaging Targets. The commitment includes the reduction of unnecessary or problematic plastics, and follows the earlier removal in 2023 of the embedded plastic spoon as part of Victoria’s ban on single-use plastic cutlery.

Once all Gippsland Dairy 160gram products transition to the new packaging, Chobani is set to remove 95,000 kilograms of plastic from its business in 2024 and reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with sourcing and transporting the packaging (lids and spoons) through its supply chain and to retailers.

The transformation of the product’s packaging is a key milestone in the company’s progress against the 2025 Targets, which form a crucial part of its sustainable packaging roadmap.

Chobani’s general manager ESG & general counsel, Tim Browne, says that Chobani is proud to have executed this change in line with its 2025 Target commitments.

“Our commitment to sustainability is an ongoing journey – one that demands time, effort and an unwavering dedication to continuous improvement.said Browne.

“We’ve worked closely with our industry partners to explore innovative approaches to deliver on our commitment in line with the nationally recognised industry targets.”

Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) CEO Chris Foley added, “It’s small but impactful changes like this that we need to see more of in the very near future. 2025 is creeping up and we’re delighted to see Chobani on track to deliver on their commitment to the 2025 Targets.”

The new packaging design also maintains the signature Gippsland Dairy 160gram pot look and feel by replicating the former black lid through the product’s artwork.

The pot will now feature a black band around the circumference of the pot’s top, emulating the lid to ensure consumers can easily spot the distinctive product on shelf.

“As we evolve our packaging to align with our sustainability goals, we’re equally committed to enhancing the consumer experience. By maintaining the iconic look of our packaging, consumers can easily identify and continue to enjoy our delicious Gippsland Dairy yogurts, now with a significantly reduced environmental footprint.” said Browne.

Chobani’s new 160gram Gippsland Dairy packaging will be available in all leading supermarkets nationally from February 2024.

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