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Howzat! GPI turns to UK for cricket buckets

Wednesday, 12 December 2018
By Jake Nelson

Made in the UK: GPI’s sustainable buckets for KFC.

Graphic Packaging International has scored a contract to manufacture half a million environmentally-friendly KFC food buckets for the Big Bash League – but the buckets are exclusively manufactured at GPI’s plant in the UK.

The fast food company chose GPI’s buckets, which contain zero plastic, because of their sustainability credentials, says Mike Turner, managing director GPI. “We have had a successful working relationship with KFC UK and Ireland for some time now,” he said.

“While the company has its own bucket supplier in Australia, its requirement for a renewable solution meant that Graphic Packaging International was, without question, the supplier of choice.”

The new GPI buckets use a clay coating to achieve a glossy finish, which GPI says prevents the buildup of excess oil and enhances vibrancy of the print without the need for plastic.

According to Turner, the bucket is in line with the Australian government’s pledge to make all packaging in the country 100 per cent reusable, compostable or recyclable by 2025. “KFC Australia’s adoption of the GPI Foodservice bucket is a step in the right direction toward meeting the country’s sustainability targets. We’re delighted to be supporting them in this venture,” he said.

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