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New markets for SIGNATURE

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SIGNATURE portfolio launches in Asia and Eastern Europe.

Uptake of our most sustainable packaging materials is on the rise as customers look to meet growing demand from consumers and support moves by governments and regulators towards a low-carbon, circular economy.

2.1

 billion litres

of food and beverages packed in SIG packs with SIGNATURE portfolio packaging materials to date.

Customers have now delivered 2.1 billion litres of food and beverages in SIG packs with our combibloc ECOPLUS, SIGNATURE 100 or SIGNATURE FULL BARRIER packaging materials.

Sales of these SIGNATURE portfolio solutions have grown by more than 21% in 2021 – bringing benefits to our business and the environment.

These solutions are well established in Western Europe, with customers ranging from big brands and retailers to dairy cooperatives and start-ups, and SIGNATURE FULL BARRIER has also been launched previously in North America.

In 2021, solutions from our SIGNATURE portfolio hit the supermarket shelves in Asia and Eastern Europe for the first time.

  • combibloc ECOPLUS

    • Launched in 2010
    • World’s first aluminium-free aseptic carton packaging material
    • 82% renewable material
    • 27% lower carbon footprint than standard SIG packaging material
    • For use with dairy products
    • 1.7 billion litres of food packed with this solution since launch
  • SIGNATURE 100

    • Launched in 2017
    • World’s first aseptic carton linked to 100% forest-based renewable material1
    • Aluminium-free
    • For use with dairy products
    • 58% lower carbon footprint than standard SIG packaging material
    • 200 million litres of food packed with this solution since launch

    1 Via an independently certified mass balance system.

  • SIGNATURE FULL BARRIER

    • Launched in 2018
    • Polymers linked to 100% forest-based renewable material1
    • Ultra-thin aluminium foil barrier layer to protect sensitive products
    • For use with a wide range of products including dairy, non-carbonated soft drinks and water
    • 45% lower carbon footprint than standard SIG packaging material
    • More than 160 million litres of food packed with this solution since launch

    1 Via an independently certified mass balance system.

Somporn Srimuang - DPO Director

“The launch of new products is in line with DPO’s ­vision to become the ‘National Milk’ by 2022, aiming to provide more opportunities for the Thai people to enjoy high-quality dairy products. ­Environmental ­sustainability is a core value for DPO and a fast-growing concern for Thai consumers. With SIGNATURE FULL BARRIER, SIG offered us a way of differentiating ourselves from our competition on this key issue. This is also in line with the vision of enabling Thai dairy farmers to run stable and sustainable farms.”

Somporn Srimuang

DPO Director

Tibor Balogh - Managing Director, Euromilk

“As part of our new positioning for Kukkonia brand, which also includes a new identity, we have decided to switch from PET to carton packs to meet the growing needs and sustainability demands of young conscious consumers. Being the first in Eastern Europe to launch products in SIG carton packs with SIGNATURE portfolio packaging material is a big first for our region.”

Tibor Balogh

Managing Director, Euromilk

SIGNATURE EVO (photo)

Enabling future growth

These market debuts for our SIGNATURE portfolio packaging materials in Asia and Eastern Europe are paving the way for future growth.

Our next addition to the portfolio in 2022 is SIGNATURE EVO, the world’s first aluminium-free full barrier packaging material for aseptic carton packs. By offering comparable full barrier properties to our packaging materials with aluminium foil, it extends SIG’s lower-carbon aluminium-free packaging materials – already available for plain white UHT milk – for use with oxygen-sensitive products like fruit juices, nectars, flavoured milk or plant-based beverages.

As sales of these sustainable innovations grow, so too will the carbon reductions we deliver as we drive progress on The Way Beyond Good.