Canada backs three food packaging companies with US$6.03M to help reduce plastic waste

CANADA – The government of Canada has injected CAD$8.2 million (US$6.03m) in three Ontario packaging manufacturers to continue the work they are doing to remove plastic waste and create a cleaner and healthier environment.

The three beneficiaries include Friendlier Company Inc. (Friendlier), Unified Flex Packaging Technologies (UFPT) and Omnia Packaging.

The investment will allow the companies to scale up and create over 120 jobs, noted Guelph MP Lloyd Longfield and Filomena Tassi, minister in charge of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).

Friendlier, which is a women-led sustainable food packaging solution provider is receiving CAD$500,000 (US$367257.50) and will use the funds to standardize its reusable takeout packaging system through a network of businesses across Canada.

The company says it will accelerate its growth and support a circular economy by reusing its packaging up to 100 times whilst creating 10 new roles.

Kayli Dale, chief executive officer and co-founder of A Friendlier Company said: “Our mission at Friendlier is to simplify the world’s transition away from single-use packaging, and this funding will allow us to reach significant milestones towards that goal.

“The funding will allow us to accelerate our growth across the country; creating jobs and reducing waste through a circular supply chain in Canada.

“We believe Canada should be at the forefront of the transition away from single-use packaging, and this funding will help us continue to lead the movement towards a circular economy in packaging.”

Meanwhile, UFPT, which designs and manufactures custom packaging machines for the food and beverage sector is receiving CAD$ 4 million (US$2.94m) to enhance production capacity and increase the manufacturing of its recyclable films used for packaging and pouches.

The company will create over 60 jobs, improve product efficiencies,87,000 lbs000lbs of plastic, waste and decrease nearly 470 tonnes of GHG emissions per year.

Al Aman, Vice president of business development, at Unified Flex Packaging Technologies shared: “Unified Flex Packaging Technologies is excited about our partnership with FedDev Ontario.

“This funding will help train and develop highly skilled teams specializing in automation and manufacturing. By investing in lean manufacturing processes, we will reduce costs and improve our global competitiveness to deliver world-class packaging solutions.”

Finally, Omnia Packaging, which describes itself as a one-stop provider of sustainable and innovative food packaging is receiving CAD$3.7 million (US$2.72m) to buy new equipment that can produce 100% compostable and recyclable paper trays and 100% recyclable plastic trays for the food packaging industry.

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