November 2020 – Salumificio Fratelli Riva achieves the ECOSENSE certification for its facility in Molteno and it stands out as the first company in Italy to obtain the certificate.
FRATELLI RIVA is one of the benchmarks in the Italian meat sector and leads the cooked ham product market, with over 94 million euros in sales. Its environmental and quality policy is aimed, among others, at reducing its packaging production waste and at using recycled and recyclable materials in the manufacture of its thermoformed PET trays.
FRATELLI RIVA’s facility in Molteno (Italy) have undergone an inspection process by an entity accredited by ENAC under the ISO / EC 17020 standard to verify compliance with the requirements of the ECOSENSE procedure for food packers established by the PLASTIC SENSE Foundation.
With the ECOSENSE certification, the Italian company contributes to consolidate a circular economy model in the sector of thermoformed PET containers. In this way, it ensures traceability and transparency in the use of recycled material in the manufacture of new trays from its monolayer and multilayer PET packaging production waste. Thanks to ECOSENSE, not only does it is prevented that the final destination of this type of waste was landfilling, but it is also reduced greenhouse gas emissions by using less energy and resources than if virgin plastic was used in the manufacture of their packaging.
The final purpose of ECOSENSE is to increase the transformed volume of PET packaging waste that is subsequently incorporated into new trays, that is, in food applications with the same value as the original ones. Thus, it contributes to ensuring that 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics find their way into new products by 2025, according to the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.