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Tetra Pak

Protects what's good

Tetra Pak is the world leader in food processing and packaging solutions. For more than 65 years, we have worked with customers around the globe to help make food safe and available, everywhere.

We continuously innovate to deliver on our promise – PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™ – to our customers, consumers, partners and people all over the world. To us, our commitment is to protect food, people and the planet.

Our approach

Our commitment means protecting food, through our processing, packaging and service activities. It means protecting people both inside and outside our organisation, as well as protecting the future of our planet, our customers and our company.

We work together with our customers to provide food and beverage processing and packaging solutions that reach all corners of the world. We’re passionate about delivering food of the highest quality and safety to people, wherever and whenever it’s needed.

Long history of working with sustainability

Tetra Pak was founded by Dr. Ruben Rausing on the idea that ‘a package should save more than it costs’. Armed with this mindset today, our ambition is that our commitments, solutions and partnerships help protect our planet by leaving a positive impact on our climate and resources. We are committed to reduce the environmental footprint of our products and services, and consistently pursue and initiate collective actions that will help create a sustainable tomorrow without compromising food safety or quality.

Products and solutions

Our customers come from across the food industry, providing consumers with a broad range of dairy products and dairy alternatives, beverages, prepared foods, cheeses, ice creams, wines, spirits and powdered products.

Tetra Pak is uniquely equipped to provide solutions that meet our customers’ entire needs. We provide solutions for processing, packaging and distributing a wide range of food products. We are experts in minimising raw material and energy consumption during manufacturing and distribution – to maximise operational and environmental performance.

Our portfolio is broad, and includes:

  • Carton packages
  • Processing equipment
  • Packaging equipment
  • Distribution equipment
  • Automation solutions
  • Services​
Tetra Pak facts:  
Net sales 2020 €10.8 billion
Sales in >160 countries
Number of employees 2020 25,309
Customer Innovation Cetnres 6
Technical Training Centres 8
Research and Development Centres 6
Production plants 53 *
*Production plants: packaging material converting factories 30, closures (caps) factories 4 (stand alone), additional material strips & films 3, additional material straws factories 2 (stand alone), Processing Solutions production facilities 14.
Tetra Pak facts

MARKET

In 2020, Tetra Pak sold products and services to customers in more than 160 countries, in a broad range of food and beverage categories:

Dairy products

White Milk grew by 1.7 per cent in volume in 2020, driven by growth in Asia (e.g. China and India) and overall position as a nutritious staple food.

Cheese market has been growing, driven by trends such as transparency, convenience, and healthy choices. Baby & Toddlers Dairy drinks grew 4.6 per cent during the last years as parental concern for their children’s health increased. Food Supplements Nutrition saw reduced demand for some products due to a reduction in out-of-home consumption, despite strong growth in previous years.

Plant-based products

Plant-based beverages have grown during the last years, driven by the global focus on health and environment. Soymilk grew 0.3 per cent driven by China in the last few years, however a decline in 2020. There are significant opportunities for other plant-based beverages mainly in America and Europe

Juice, nectars and fruit flavoured still drinks

The decline of the ambient juice and nectar category has slowed down since 2017. Innovation around health and sustainability trends drove new product launches.

Solid and viscous food

Growth in Food has increased over the last five years and has strong growth potential with increasing focus on health and sustainability.

Ice cream

Ice cream is growing as innovation keeps producers ahead of commoditisation. Consumers are looking for indulgence and convenience, while balancing health and ethical solutions.

Powder

Driven by infant formulas, with growth in the overall demand for ingredient powders.

Water

Growth in water was driven both by plain and flavoured/functional water in countries such as USA, China, and France. Growth in other beverages is driven by Asia and Americas (mainly Japan, China, and USA)

TECHNOLOGY

Tetra Pak paper strawa

Lisbon factory fully converted to manufacture paper straws

Tetra Pak’s factory in Lisbon, Portugal, was converted from the manufacture of plastic straws to paper straws during 2020 and only produced FSC™ certified paper straws by January 2021. Our paper U-straws are made from FSC™ certified paper and are recyclable with the rest of the package. The transformation to paper straws is a significant step forwards in our sustainability journey, and ensures we will comply with the EU’s single-use plastics directive by July 2021.

Non aluminium carton packages

First non-aluminium foil packaging material starts commercial test

In October 2020, a customer began the verification of our first non-foil packaging material for aseptic use, including its commercial production and distribution. The new packaging material has a coated polyethylene terephthalate (PET) film instead of an aluminium barrier. This allows the packages to enter the chilled recycling stream after use to ensure higher levels of recycling. Moreover, the material contains no aluminium and will help reduce the carbon footprint of our Tetra Brik® Aseptic 200 Slim package.