Premium corn tortilla and tortilla chip producer Blanco Niño is rolling out fully recyclable packaging across its full range.

Tipperary-based Blanco Niño is the first premium corn tortilla chip brand in the UK and Ireland to move to fully recyclable packaging.

A typical crisp packet takes hundreds of years to decompose and is a challenge for waste management. Ireland generates around 265,000 tonnes of plastic waste each year, and less than one-third is being recycled.

Blanco Niño’s new packaging is made from a plastic resin called polypropylene 5 which is widely recycled. The new design also keeps the product fresher for longer.

Blanco Niño Founder and CEO Philip Martin said: “I’m looking forward to unveiling our new recyclable packaging to our customers. It’s a momentous step for Blanco Niño in reducing our impact on the environment. We saw an opportunity to develop fully recyclable packaging and I’m extremely proud to say that we’re one of the first in our category to do so.”

The packaging is a bespoke design with a window, featuring stylised landscapes representing key ingredients of each flavour. The product range itself remains unchanged and retains the premium quality the brand has become known for. The range includes Lightly Salted, Blue Corn (formerly called Ancient Grain) and Chilli & Lime.

Blanco Niño’s Director of Community, Ruth Jenkins, said: “For Blanco Niño as a brand, sustainability and doing the right thing has been a priority from the outset. Consumers are rightly demanding more sustainable products and we as a team are delighted to rise to the challenge. It’s certainly not easy or straightforward but our R&D process made it possible. I hope we can lead the way and others will follow.”

Blanco Niño are members of Origin Green, Ireland’s food and drink sustainability programme. The business is committed to a number of targets concerning raw material sourcing, sustainable packaging, and energy, waste and water reduction.

Blanco Niño Tortilla Chips earned five stars at the Great Taste Awards 2022. Double stars for their Lightly Salted and Blue Corn flavours and a star for Chilli & Lime. Judges noted “A superb texture and mouthfeel, truly wonderful. Perfectly salted and a joy to eat, and we feel that this is a great example of a traditional tortilla chip. They are light, delicate and so very well produced, and we applaud your process and creation here.”

Blanco Niño tortilla chips are naturally gluten-free, vegan friendly, kosher certified and are made using the finest ingredients, some of which are sourced from heritage farmers in Mexico. They are stocked in SuperValu, Dunnes Stores, Fallon & Byrne and numerous independent fine food stores across Ireland and the UK.

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