In 2004 Griffin’s Foods were one of the first companies to sign the Packaging Accord, which is an industry commitment to reduce the environmental impact of packaging materials.

Our types of packaging reflect our commitment to both national and global standards around recycling.

The carton we use to ship our product to supermarkets and other outlets is made from 20% new paper and 60% recycled paper, making the finished carton 100% recyclable.

The plastic printed film that wraps around the biscuits is made from a material called coated Polypropylene, which protects the biscuits from going stale when in storage. This film is recyclable but currently there are no recycling facilities in NZ which can recycle this material.  

The tray the biscuits come in is made from Polyetherylene terepthalate (PET), which is 100% recyclable.  The trays currently used by Griffin’s are made from 40% virgin PET and 60% from recycled PET. This is the most recycled plastic both across the world and in New Zealand.

Since 2008 Griffin’s has removed the tray from some of its popular biscuits and crackers. The result is  the removal of over 12 million trays per year. This equates to over 40 tonnes of plastic which will no longer be going into New Zealand land fills.


Griffin's Foods Limited Position on Palm Oil 


Supporting sustainable palm oil production through GreenPalm

Griffin’s Foods supports the production of certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO) and has applied for membership of the industry group, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The RSPO is a well-established not-for-profit worldwide industry association which is a forum for the promotion and use of certified sustainable palm oil.  In addition, Griffin’s policy is to only purchase palm oil from companies that are certified members of the RSPO.

The RSPO has exclusively endorsed a certified sustainable palm oil certification system (GreenPalm) whose philosophy is based on the principle that the best way to encourage people to work in a sustainable and responsible way is to reward them for doing so.

Griffin’s Foods fully endorses this philosophy and will initially purchase 25% of our non-RSPO Certified source palm oil volume (3200 metric tonnes) procured in Green Palm certificates and continue to increase the purchase of GreenPalm certificates until we have covered 100% of our volume by 2015 or sooner if certificates are available. 

This means that for every tonne of palm oil / shortening we use in the production of our products we have paid a voluntary premium to a palm oil producer who is operating within the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) strict guidelines for social and environmental responsibility.

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Griffin’s use of Palm oil..

Griffin’s uses palm oil ingredients across its portfolio in biscuits, crackers and snacks. We use around 5000 metric tonnes of palm oil ingredients per year, which constitutes around 0.01% of the global supply.


How GreenPalm works..


In order to understand how GreenPalm works you need to know that the vast majority of palm oil and palm kernel oil are supplied from different plantations, mills and even countries are intermingled at each stage of the production and delivery process.

In other words oil which has been sustainably produced is mixed repeatedly with oil from

Non-sustainable plantations. Under normal circumstances it is therefore impossible for palm oil purchasers to know exactly where their oil has come from and how it has been produced.

The GreenPalm programme works by bypassing the physical supply chain completely.

Palm oil and palm kernel oil producers which have gained RSPO certification are invited to register a quantity of their output with the GreenPalm programme. They are awarded one GreenPalm certificate for each tonne of oil which has been certified as sustainably produced. They can then put those certificates up for sale on the GreenPalm web based trading platform:

Manufacturers or retailers of products containing palm oil or palm kernel oil can then bid for and buy these certificates on line, in order to support the production of sustainable palm oil. The palm oil itself is sold, processed and purchased in the usual way.

Griffin’s hope of course that by 2015 all palm oil and palm kernel oil will be certified sustainable,  but until then the GreenPalm programme is enabling us to do something practical to support sustainable production practices.