Emerging markets help Tetra Pak sales top €10bn

Packaging giant Tetra Pak has revealed sales of more than €10bn in 2011 after a year marked by growth in emerging markets.

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The aseptic carton specialist said net sales for its packaging solutions arm rose 3% to €9.2bn, driven by growth in Asia, Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

North America and Europe contributed to major growth in Tetra Pak’s processing arm, where the firm said sales increased by almost 23% compared to 2010, up to €1.3bn.

The firm said it delivered 520 packaging machines, 2,250 processing units and 1,659 pieces of distribution equipment over the course of the year.

Tetra Pak president and chief executive Dennis Jönsson said: “Thanks to our focus on developing products and services that not only address today’s needs, but also anticipate the needs of the future, we saw continued growth in 2011, despite widespread economic uncertainty and an increasingly competitive environment.”

In its results statement, Tetra Pak highlighted “a significant milestone” towards its goal of producing 100% renewable packaging, which was achieved in 2011, namely the Nestlé Brazil collaboration that sees the use of caps made with green polyethylene.

The Nestlé cap was one of three green closures to be displayed at the Anuga FoodTec show yesterday, where the firm also revealed its separable top for the Tetra Evero Aseptic carton bottle for white milk.

A perforation in the cardboard allows the separating of a polyethylene top from the carton sleeve, making it easier for them to be recycled separately, and at no additional cost.

Tetra Pak currently operates 42 production plants for packaging material and closures, 15 technical training centres, nine factories for machine assembly and 11 research and development facilities around the world.

In 2011, it opened a state-of-the-art material facility in Pakistan, began building a similar factory in India and, in China, opened a ninth product development centre.