SOLNA, SWEDEN -- BillerudKorsnäs, one of the leading global packaging companies, has announced their partnership with Oatly, the largest oat-based drink company, to develop innovative packaging solutions for Oatly’s Singapore produced products. 


With the company experiencing massive growth, Oatly recently opened their first Asian location to supply nearby markets. The biggest challenge that has surfaced following the new facility is the fact that product produced in the factory will be packed in boxes and transported in hot and humid weather climates, causing issues with product quality. 


The leading solution to manage high humidity is by adding additional material for studier packaging, resulting in thicker receptacles to keep the product safe and fresh; however, the added material can get expensive overtime and is not an ideal long-term solution. The team at BillerudKorsnäs BoxLab came up with a different solution to ensure enhanced sustainability performance while maintaining high quality standards of Oatly’s secondary packaging. 


The new solution is based on the following principles: minimizing damage and waste, a focus on resource efficiency, recyclability and renewable sources and transparency. 


“To challenge conventional packaging solutions for a sustainable future has long been the guiding star for BillerudKorsnäs,” said Henrik Ahlgren, sales director Asia and Pacific BillerudKorsnäs. “Oatly is a company that strives to produce sustainable and responsible products. We think alike in many ways.”


A 35 percent reduction in secondary packaging materials will generate substantial savings of packaging material per year, as well as a 50 percent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. In addition, packaging materials based on strong fibers can also make a difference in demanding logistics chains. 


“We always look to find solutions to make our production chain more sustainable, transparent and resource efficient,” says Jenny Belsö Trojer, Global Cat manager of packaging material at Oatly. “Therefore it’s great that we are able to work with BillerudKorsnäs to find this solution to lower the climate impact and optimize the design of our Asian packaging.”