UK packaging supplier, Paragon, is opening a new packaging facility in Kenya to change its current pratice of air-freighting empty packaging around the world.
Rick Smith, marketing manager for the Paragon group said that by moving production of labels and flexible films closer to the the food they will be packaging such as Kenyan coffee beans, the company can reduce its freight costs and help its clients meet their environmental commitments.
According to Smith, some long-haul foods are greener than their locally produced equivalents, once factors such as the use of pesticides and electricity in production are taken into account.
The company said it plans eventually to provide packaging in-situ for its customers on four continents.
Paragon manufacturers packaging for chilled and fresh food products and supplies UK retailers such as Sainsbury, Asda, M&S and Tesco.