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Packaging

Bumble Bee’s objective is to design and source primary and secondary packaging which minimizes environmental impact throughout the life cycle while ensuring the safety and quality of our products, durability in our customer supply chains, effective shelf presence, and convenience of use to our consumers through application of the following basic principles:

  • Reduce/minimize overall package to product ratio
  • Reduce the amount of packaging going to landfill by utilizing packaging materials which have readily available recycling streams or other end of life options
  • Source from, and leverage the expertise of, packaging suppliers who demonstrate excellence in the area of sustainable packaging and operations.
  • Communicate, and encourage, appropriate end of life packaging handling to our consumers

The majority of Bumble Bee’s products are packaged in steel cans, aluminum containers, paperboard cartons and glass bottles—all materials that have established recycling streams available to consumers.

Packaging Material U.S. Recycling Rate*
Steel cans 64.3%
Paper 54.5%
Aluminum 48.6%
Glass 28.1%
* US EPA Municipal Solid Waste in the US 2007 Facts and Figures

 

Some examples of the application of our sustainable packaging principles include:

A 2009 redesign of our Bumble Bee and Cloverleaf Ready to Eat product packaging from a composite plastic-paperboard to a carton enabled us to ship 25 percent more units on each truckload taking an estimated 150 trucks off the road each year and saving 14,000 gallons of fuel. The redesign also eliminates about 700,000 lbs of PVC plastic each year, replacing the material with readily recyclable paperboard.

Over the past several years, we have down-gauged the steel in our tuna can by 5 percent, reducing the amount of steel used each year by 1.2 million lbs.

Over 90 percent of the paper labels for our tuna cans produced in our plants and all of our canned salmon labels are sourced from Forest Stewardship Council certified paper.

In 2008, Bumble Bee rolled out a multipack of canned salmon with a shrink sleeve comprised of polylactic acid (PLA), a compostable corn sugar based resin.

Through our partnership with RecycleBank®, Bumble Bee provides consumers incentives to curbside recycle by rewarding them with points that can be redeemed for the products of sponsoring companies like Bumble Bee.

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A note from our CEO about COVID-19x
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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
Jan
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods