Musgrave MarketPlace reports boom in eco-friendly products

Musgrave MarketPlace has launched an extensive new range of compostable and eco-friendly foodservice and takeaway products, with a view to embracing the segment which is experiencing high consumer demand.



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2 April 2019

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More encouraging news in the realm of sustainability and the race against waste: Musgrave MarketPlace has reported that sales of eco-friendly packaging and disposables grew by a whopping 131% in 2018; this growth reflects once again that business as a whole is entering a new era of  environmental consciousness, in line with growing consumer demand for action in the area.

This support for eco-friendly products has continued into 2019, with Musgrave Marketplace sales for the first nine weeks of 2019 up 198% compared to the same time last year. Eco-friendly packaging currently accounts for 4.6% of total packaging products sold at Musgrave MarketPlace and is the fastest growing product group within the organisation. It is predicted that eco-friendly packaging will account for 6.9% of total packaging sold by the end of 2019.

Some of the biggest areas of interest are coffee cups and lids (up 465%), takeaway containers ( up 187%) and cutlery and straws (up 96%). Meanwhile, sales from contract caterers (up 123%), offices and workplace (up 57.1%), and restaurants (up 63%) are the biggest sector growers for the range in 2019.

The eco-friendly range available at Musgrave MarketPlace is comprised of biobased products made from natural materials that are mostly certified as being industrially compostable. These products biodegrade (under specific conditions) in approximately 90 days.

To cement its commitment to a sustainable future, Musgrave MarketPlace has launched a new eco-friendly range supplying over 100 eco-friendly packaging and disposable products at all branches nationwide.  The movement towards eco-friendly products has become a key issue for food service, retail and SME businesses in Ireland, and these products are expected to be a dramatic success.

Sheena Forde, trading director, Musgrave MarketPlace says the wholesaler places a premium on identifying the latest trends within the industry, in order to consistently supply customers with the best range of products. “The dramatic rise in demand for eco-friendly products across our customer base is a sign that a new era of environmentally conscious business activity is upon us,” Forde said, “and Musgrave MarketPlace is proud to be at the fore of this movement.

“We as an organisation are committed to ensuring we play our part in assisting Ireland reach its 2025 and 2030 plastic recycling targets,” Forde continued. “Supplying best-in-class eco-friendly packaging and disposables to our customers is a massive step towards a cleaner environment.

“We intend to expand our offering this year and predict further growth in this area in the coming months,” Forde added.




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