Official statement regarding Benna new fresh milk cartons - Malta Dairy Products Ltd.

Malta Dairy Products Ltd, producers of Benna fresh milk has recently changed its fresh milk carton. The new carton is made out of a different type of board and includes a plastic cap.

The new board being used in the production of the carton is now an unbleached board which is brown in colour on the inside. The unbleached board leads to a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions. The new selected board also provides excellent light protection and eliminates any consumer concerns about off-taste caused by light penetration. Together with the cap, the new board protects the milk better leading to less food wastages. Food wastage is a major global issue and according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, one third of the global food production is lost or wasted annually. The cap also provides a more hygienic solution whilst opening and closing the milk carton and also whilst it is stored in the fridge.

The Benna carton also features the FSC Logo due to the fact that its milk carton supplier follows the Forest Stewardship Council’s (FSC) international certification and labelling system, which guarantees that the carton comes from an environmentally appropriate and renewable source. This is a voluntary tool for forest conservation that tracks products from forest to recycling. The replanting of trees after logging is important to keep the earth’s CO2 balance and is a prerequisite for well-managed forests and to maintain renewable resources. Apart from this, the Benna milk carton also features the Green Dot Logo signifying that Malta Dairy Products Ltd. contributes a significant amount of funds every year that go for the cost of recovery and recycling of packaging waste.

The plastic cap that the company has used is the lightest cap available on the market and in fact uses much less plastic than the standard caps normally found on similar products. Benna milk cartons, with and without the small plastic caps, are 100% recyclable and form part of the recycled waste bag scheme that is present in all localities. Given that the milk carton is typically used inside the home, it is very easy for consumers to recycle the milk carton with cap by simply placing it in the grey/green waste bag with other plastic, paper, cardboard and metal.

The changeover from gable-top cartons to cartons with cap is also a great help to elderly people, people with motor-skills problems and children that previously found some level of difficulty in opening the milk cartons.

The consumption of local fresh milk by the local population also reduces the carbon footprint of the product since fresh milk is being produced on local farms and only travels a few kilometers before it finds itself on the supermarket shelves. This reduces the level of CO2 emissions. On the contrary, imported products have to travel thousands of kilometers from production point to consumption point and therefore contribute to more pollution.