International Paper Foodservice Europe has won the Breakthrough Supplier of the Year Award.
It was awarded in recognition of its work to develop the innovative, grease-resistant food bucket.
Over a two-year period, working closely with KFC UK and Ireland, the in-house team at International Paper Foodservice Europe’s headquarters in Winsford, Cheshire, designed, manufactured, trialled and brought the food bucket to market.
The food bucket uses a robust, resistant lining which prevents the build-up of excess oil to improve food presentation and removes plastic from the construction of the product.
Further development work targeted the outer of the container to give it extra visual impact.
KFC UK and Ireland wanted a glossy finish, but that needed to be achieved without the addition of a plastic coating.
International Paper developed a clay-coated finish that brings extra vibrancy to the print.
Dayo Akinlabi, Supply Chain Manager at KFC UK & Ireland, said: “Our bucket is a truly iconic piece of packaging, but we’re always looking to innovate when it comes to the presentation of our food. It was great to be able to recognise the International Paper Foodservice European team with this well-deserved award. Their collaborative approach led to them delivering an excellent final product – congratulations again to the whole team.”
Mike Turner, managing director of International Paper Foodservice Europe, said: “These awards are attended by some 400 suppliers to KFC and the Breakthrough Supplier of the Year Award is one of the most prestigious. It has taken determination, technical capability and expertise to develop this truly unique, pioneering product and bring it to market. To be recognised with such a prestigious award is an accomplishment the entire team at Winsford – across all disciplines – should be very proud of.”