Hydro Produce is known mainly for vegetables—including sweet potato, herbs, lettuce, brassica lines, and ginger to name just a few—and have farms and farming partners across Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.
What started as a small farming business in Sydney in the 1940s, has grown to become a market leader in the fresh produce farming, packing and supply sector.
Aware of the environmental impacts of single-use plastics commonly used in food packaging and hearing the consumer call for plastic reduction, Hydro Produce have recently made the switch from single-use plastic packaging to BioPak compostable packaging—hoping their step change will encourage others to take the leap from plastic to pulp.
“Packaging is hugely important to our business—it enables us to sell more of our crop particularly the smaller end of our harvests, for some lines it adds protection ensuring longer shelf life, it also aids us in offering the best possible eating experience, and limits food waste”, says John Cordina, Owner and Managing Director at Hydro Produce.
Over the past 18 months, Hydro Produce saw the demand for more environmentally sustainable packaging increase.
“Taking a step to move to compostable packaging is significant and a big change for our business. Our customers are onboard and supportive of the move to a greener [packaging] offering. The positive feedback has been very reassuring”, says John.
This package migration means Hydro Produce is replacing plastic containers and in the process reducing CO2 emissions by 60 tonnes and saving 167,000 kilos of plastic waste from landfill and oceans each year.
BioPak CEO Gary Smith is thrilled: “Hydro Produce is a true leader and is setting a new standard for the fresh produce and supermarket retail industry. They have significantly reduced their impact on the environment and shown that these changes make a big difference”.