Case Barilla

Simcote is a must for Barilla’s sustainable pasta

Simcote Barilla's sustainable pasta

Barilla, one of Europe’s biggest food producers, takes the sustainability of its entire production process seriously.

The comprehensive ecological approach includes the familiar blue folding boxboard boxes of Barilla’s penne, fusilli and other pasta products. As the company’s main cartonboard supplier, Metsä Board helps improve environmental performance with Simcote, a cartonboard that is up to 30 % lighter than competing products.

“When the board is 25 to 40 grams lighter, it doesn’t only mean cutting fewer trees. You also produce less CO2, get more of the board in a tonne, and put hundreds fewer lorries on the roads,” Antonio Copercini, Barilla’s group supply chain director, points out.

Fresh forest fibre packaging on the increase

Despite its lightness, Simcote has the high stiffness and the excellent consistency to ensure smooth runnability on printing and packing lines as well as good folding characteristics.

Simcote is ideally suited for packaging food products thanks to its low odour and taint. In addition to securing the purity of the board, the use of fresh forest fibres as the raw material helps make it resistant to moisture.

“We plan to increase our usage of fresh forest fibre packaging. It’s fundamental that relationships are on a long-term basis: two-way investments are necessary. If you want to make the world a better place, you have to work with long-term projects,” says Antonio Copercini.


​Key facts
​Brand owner:​Barilla
​Board supplier:​Metsä Board
​Board grade:​Simcote

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