The 100% recyclable biopolymer will be used in the packaging of the new line of loaves with germinated grains that follow the Clean Label movement.
Braskem, the largest producer of biopolymers in the world, is now supplying the Green Plastic I’m greenT to Nutrella, a brand of special loaves from the Bimbo Group - a world leader in bread making. The raw material is used in the Nutrella Viva loaves line, produced with germinated grain flours and following the Clean Label concept.
The Clean Label movement was driven by consumers seeking for foods made with natural, simple ingredients that are easy to recognize, understand and pronounce. The loaves of the Nutrella Viva line are produced with cereals and derivatives (including germinated grain flours), brown sugar, sunflower oil, apple vinegar and salt. In addition to the traditional flavor, there are two other variations, the multigrain - which includes rye, oats, barley and sunflower seed -, and the fruit one - with apricots and raisins.
“We are aware of what consumers are searching for and we know that they value a more balanced diet. The loaves with sprouted cereal grains have a much higher nutritional potential and are more easily digested by our body, in addition to having more vitamins, minerals and amino acids,” explains Bruna Tedesco, Marketing Director of the Bimbo Group.
The Green Plastic packs this more natural proposal of Nutrella Viva loaves and its adoption can be identified by consumers through the “I’m greenT” label, visible on the product. The resin of renewable origin captures and fixes 3.09 tons of CO2 of the atmosphere for each ton produced, collaborating to the reduction in the emission of the greenhouse gases, but maintaining all the technical and mechanical properties of the conventional plastic, of a fossil origin, which allows their use and recycling without the need for structural or operational changes.
“The proposal of the Nutrella Viva line is aligned with the purpose of Green Polyethylene, which meets an increasing consumer demand for innovative and sustainable solutions. For this reason, the adoption of the biopolymer has grown worldwide, being present in more than 150 brands in Europe, the United States, Asia, Africa and South America”, reinforces Gustavo Sergi, director of Renewable Chemicals at Braskem.
The bread of the Nutrella Viva line is already available in the stores of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, with the suggested price of R$ 9.49 per unit.
About the Green Plastic
The I’m greenT Polyethylene is made from ethylene obtained from sugarcane. Its great differential is to contribute to the reduction of the emission of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, as it captures carbon dioxide during its production process. It also has the same characteristics of traditional polyethylene, that is, it does not require adaptations of machinery and is 100% recyclable. Braskem’s Green Plastic plant has a production capacity of 200 thousand tons per year.
With a global, human-oriented vision of the future, Braskem’s 8,000 members strive to improve people’s lives by creating sustainable solutions for chemistry and plastic. It is the largest resin producer in the Americas, with an annual production of 20 million tons, including basic chemicals and petrochemicals, and revenues of R$ 55 billion in 2016. It exports to customers in approximately 100 countries and operates 41 industrial units located in Brazil, USA, Germany and Mexico, the latter in partnership with Mexican Idesa.
About the Bimbo Group
The Bimbo Group is the leading company in the global baking industry. It has more than 138 thousand employees, 196 production plants and more than 1,800 Sales Centers strategically located in 32 countries of the world, spanning 4 continents. It produces more than 13 thousand products under more than 100 prestigious brands recognized in categories such as loaves, tubes and cakes. Since 2001, it has taken on two traditional brands: Pullman and Plus Vita. The company has more than 4,000 employees in six plants in the Southeast, Midwest, South and Northeast regions. It is also the owner of the brands Nutrella, Ana Maria, RAP 10 and Crocantíssimo.