Upstart food and drink brand SMUG launches 100% compostable crisp packet made from Parkside’s Park2Nature, a certified home compostable laminate; the plant-based laminate offers an oxygen transmission rate of below 1.0

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September 19, 2023 (press release) –

Parkside has collaborated with upstart food and drink brand SMUG to develop a 100% compostable crisp packet made from a certified home compostable laminate.

The pack, which uses Parkside’s groundbreaking Park2Nature™ material, can be disposed of in regular domestic compost heaps, where it will break down into water, carbon dioxide, and biomass in under 26 weeks. It can also be sent for industrial composting, where it will decompose within 12 weeks.

SMUG is launching its hand-fried potato crisps in the UK with a debut flavour of Italian classic Cacio e Pepe, with two further flavours planned for 2024. The brand is a new venture from cutting-edge Shoreditch-based food and drink marketing agency Merry Galelli, with the creatively minimalist design of the pack reflecting its trendy, independent spirit.

Mark Shaw, Sales Account Manager at Parkside welcomed the launch, saying: “Cutting-edge brands need cutting-edge sustainable packaging to match. We’re delighted to work with Merry Galelli on the launch of its innovative SMUG brand crisps. Sustainability is playing an increasing role in the purchasing decisions of today’s consumers, and so home compostable packaging is ideal for fresh new brands looking to disrupt a highly competitive category.”

The pack sees Parkside’s innovative plant-based laminate applied in a duplex format, which offers an oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of below 1.0. This ensures the hand-cooked crisps will retain their satisfying crunch and unique flavour as they move through the supply chain.

Stephen Merry, Co-Founder at Merry Galelli, said the packaging was a key part of the new product launch. “We know the quality and taste of SMUG crisps will prove a hit with consumers, so it’s vitally important our packaging engages and encourages shoppers to try them,” they said.

“Parkside was able to deliver packaging that not only allowed us to create striking, attractive packaging that protects and preserves the freshness of our crisps, but also that is in line with our own sustainability goals and those of our target consumer.”

Currently distributed to selected independent outlets across London and Bristol, with Manchester and Brighton to follow, the crisps are available to purchase now through independent food brand retail app DELLI.

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