McCormick & Co. wants to provide sustainability in a digital world.
The global food firm — a leader in spices, herbs and other flavor products — is advancing in both of those areas, Michael Okoroafor said March 16 during the online Plastics News Executive Forum. Okoroafor is a plastics market veteran and vice president of global sustainability and packaging innovation with Hunt Valley, Md.-based McCormick.
McCormick posted sales of $5.6 billion in 2020. The firm has operations in 27 countries and is a major user of plastic packaging.
McCormick is focused on being a corporate leader on climate change and circularity, Okoroafor said. By 2025, the firm wants to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent and have all of its plastic packaging reused, recycled or repurposed, with none of it going to landfills.
Okoroafor added that McCormick wants to replace PVC, PVDC and polystyrene in its packaging. He described those materials as "problematic plastics."