Artisan confectioner launches new range in fully compostable packaging

Artisan confectioner launches new range in fully compostable packaging

The new pouches range will include Fudge Kitchen's handmade Chocolate Coated Honeycomb, and Raspberry Coconut Ice. Image: Fudge Kitchen

Fudge Kitchen is putting sustainability at the forefront of its business with the launch of a new range of products in fully compostable pouches.

The business is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and is making changes to the way it sources ingredients and packaging products.

The new packaging which is made from renewable resources – including TIPA bio-based film, NatureFlex cellulose and PaperWise paper, and can be composted in household food waste.

The new pouches range will include Fudge Kitchen’s handmade Chocolate Coated Honeycomb, Raspberry Coconut Ice, Rock Salted Peanut Brittle, and Sea Salted Caramel Crumbly Fudge. The collection is available to buy in their shops throughout the UK, on the Fudge Kitchen website and through their independent retail partners. The confectionery pouches are priced individually from £5.50.

In recent years, Fudge Kitchen has made a number of business changes to propel it forward on the journey to operating more sustainably. In March of this year, it switched chocolate supplier, to Colombian producer Luker Chocolate, meaning they have more visibility on supply chain ethics and sustainability practices used.

Sian Holt, MD of Fudge Kitchen, said i was during the pandemic, that the business began challenging itself to actively do more to minimise its environmental impact and give back wherever possible.

“As well as changing chocolate supplier, we are also trialling cane sugar (grown overseas) to beet sugar grown predominantly in the UK.”

Alongside this, the brand recently published a 2021/22 Giving Report, detailing a partnership with giving platforms B1G1 and Work For Good, which have enabled it to provide a positive impact not only to the environment, but to local and community initiatives too.

The compostable pouches range follows on from Fudge Kitchen’s sustainable rebrand earlier this year. As part of the new look and feel, the confectioners moved to UK printed packaging, dramatically reducing the carbon footprint, and switched to plant-based inks and water-based glues. All non-compostable packaging is now FSC certified and fully recyclable.

Head of sales, Rupert Allinson, said businesses have a responsibility to play their part in tackling the climate emergency.

“We don’t want to just do ‘enough’ to keep in line with government rules and legislation, instead we want to pave our own way, going above and beyond to minimise the impact we have,” he said.

The confectionery producers is nearing its 40th anniversary, and alongside six high street shops and a flourishing online business, it also produces confectionery for some the UK’s most prestigious department stores.

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