Quality Street Moves To Recyclable Paper Wrappers


York, UK — Nestlé S.A. confectionery brand Quality Street is introducing recyclable FSC-certified paper packaging for its twist-wrapped sweets.

The move from dual foil and cellulose to recyclable paper wrappers will see Quality Street remove almost 2.5 billion individual pieces of packaging material from its supply chain globally, according to the company.

Developed by packaging experts at Nestlé’s Confectionery Research and Development Center in York, UK, and the Swiss-based Nestlé Institute of Packaging Sciences, the transition to paper required development in the engineering of new materials, coating technologies, printing techniques and the adaptation of existing equipment.

Two candy varieties — orange crunch and the green triangle — will remain in their existing recyclable foil wrappers. The move to new paper packaging for the nine remaining twist-wrapped sweets will take a few months to fully implement. 

“With nine different sweets to consider, the transition has been a huge undertaking. Each of our existing machines need to be adapted to run paper and then rigorously tested by our packaging experts to ensure we’re still delivering the same quality consumers expect when they open a box of Quality Street,” Louise Barrett, head of the Nestlé Confectionery Product Technology Center in York, says.

Since it was first launched in 1936, Quality Street has been produced in Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK. In the Halifax factory there is zero waste to landfill. The company has used only certified sustainably sourced cocoa since 2015, and Quality Street chocolate is made from milk sourced from farms in Scotland that have been part of a sustainable farming partnership with Nestlé since 2003.

“Quality Street made history from the start, using the world’s first twist-wrapping machine to revolutionize the way chocolates were manufactured and sold,” Barrett adds. “Now we are making history again with the introduction of paper packaging for our famous sweets. We hope the fact that our sweets are now recyclable will make finding your own Quality Street favorites even more popular this year.”