Oasis unveils plastic bottle alternative at Gulfood

National Food Products Company has already cut its plastic usage by 45%

Amar Zahid, Iqbal Hamzah and Niels Hougaard
Amar Zahid, Iqbal Hamzah and Niels Hougaard

Oasis, a brand within UAE-based National Food Products Company (NFPC) has unveiled its own water bottle solution at the first day of Gulfood 2020.

Presented in Tetra Pak carbon packaging, Oasis explained it is the first beverage brand in the region to offer water in this packaging format. The main material in the packaging is cardboard sourced from trees which are replaced with newly-planted trees on usage. It added the material used has "a wealth of biodegradable and recyclable properties."

NFPC, which supplies more than 50% of all water, juice and snacking needs in the UAE, revealed it has reduced the amount of plastic in its 500ml bottles by 45%.

NFPC group CEO Iqbal Hamzah said: “We have worked with Tetra Pak over several years; our juices and dairy products are being produced in this environmentally considerate packaging. Our decision to provide drinking water within Tetra Pak packages, which provides so many waste reducing benefits, is our keen commitment in addressing the serious issues of global pollution.”

Tetra Pak president MEA Amar Zahid added: “We are excited and proud to see our customers adapting sustainable packaging solutions in the UAE which is becoming more and more aware of the environmental cause. Our collaborations with NFPC today for the launch of water in carton will help us continue to innovate and offer F&B solutions that are healthier and less impactful on our planet”.

Gulfood 2020 will run from February 16 to 20, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

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