Leading Irish wholesale supplier to the foodservice, retail and SME sectors, Musgrave MarketPlace, has announced this morning that sales of its eco-friendly packaging and disposables range saw a dramatic increase in sales of 131% in 2018.

The support for eco-friendly products has continued into 2019, as sales for the first 9 weeks of 2019 are up 198% compared to the same time last year. The eco-friendly packaging and disposables products are available at all Musgrave MarketPlace branches nationwide.

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.

The biggest areas of product growth within the Musgrave MarketPlace eco-friendly range are sales in coffee cups and lids (up 465% in 2019), takeaway containers (up 187% in 2019) and cutlery and straws (up 96% in 2019). Other eco-friendly products supplied by Musgrave MarketPlace include bowls, plates, cutlery, and trays. 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. Compostable products biodegrade under specific conditions into carbon dioxide, water, inorganic compounds and biomass in approximately 90 days. All food packaging products are made from either renewable or compostable raw materials.

As part of their commitment to a more sustainable future, Musgrave MarketPlace has launched its 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 foodservice, retail and SME businesses in Ireland as consumers become more aware of the effect their consumption habits can have on the environment.

Commenting on the dramatic increase in sales of eco-friendly packaging and disposables products in Musgrave MarketPlace branches throughout the country, Sheena Forde, Trading Director, Musgrave MarketPlace, said: “At Musgrave MarketPlace, we place a premium on identifying the latest trends within the industry, so that we can consistently supply our customers with the best range of products available in accordance with their needs. 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, and Musgrave MarketPlace is proud to be to the fore of this movement.

“Eco-friendly packaging and disposables are areas of huge growth potential for us and the wider industry. We’re working with our fantastic suppliers to expand our range in order to ensure we are providing our customers with the best sustainable eco-friendly alternatives on the market. At present we have dedicated spaces within all our branches for eco-friendly packaging and disposables, with over 100 different types of eco-friendly product in each section.

“We as an organisation are committed to ensuring we play our part in assisting Ireland reach its 2025 and 2030 plastic recycling targets. Supplying the best in class eco-friendly packaging and disposables to our customers is a massive step forward towards a cleaner environment. We intend to expand our offering this year and predict further growth in this area in the coming months.”

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