Bioplastics Award 2016

Publication Date:

02 December 2016

Mars, Rodenburg, and Taghleef win the 11th Global Bioplastics Award 2016 for chocolate bar wrapper. Mondi also contributed to the success.

Mars, Rodenburg, and Taghleef have been announced as the winner of the 2016 ‘Oskar’ in the bioplastics industry for its bio-based film made from potato waste starch. The innovative packaging solution is a joint development by Mars, Rodenburg Biopolymers, and Taghleef Industries. Mondi’s Consumer Goods Packaging plant Solec in Poland was also involved as converter of the wrapper. This innovative packaging meets the ever-increasing trend for sustainable packaging solutions.

The bio-based packaging for Mars and Snickers bars avoids fossil resources by using starch derived from the waste water of the potato processing industry. The joint project, which started in 2012, involves Rodenburg Biopolymers, which produced the raw material, Taghleef Industries, which manufactured the film, Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging, which printed the final packaging, and Mars, which packed its chocolate bars using the film. This new material has not in any way compromised the efficiency of Mars’ packaging lines – the running speed is equivalent to that achieved with standard polypropylene films.

Rodenburg Biopolymers developed a tailor-made compound based on second generation starch derived from waste water of the potato processing industry. Thijs Rodenburg, CEO of the family-owned company emphasizes: “The unique cooperation is a best-practice example for the whole bioplastics industry. Without a joint effort, this success could not have been realized.” Under the eco-innovation umbrella, years of development and modifications resulted in a food grade polymer film bio-compound.

Taghleef Industries then extruded Rodenburg’s compound on their BoPLA line at their Italian plant in San Giorgio di Nogaro into a biaxially oriented white voided film: NATIVIA® NESS. With thicknesses of 40 and 50 μm, NATIVIA® NESS has a white pearlescent appearance, good opacity, high yield, is heat sealable (MST= 85°C) and cold seal receptive. This new generation of bi-oriented and bio-based films fulfils all product protection requirements for chocolate packaging, is food approved and is able to meet the same speed of BOPP films on packaging lines. Valerio Garzitto, CEO of Taghleef Europe, comments, “This is a great example of a long-term collaboration within the whole value-chain of packing material and processing. It took us almost 4 years of hard work to develop and industrialize the final film, but this project shows that cooperation and expertise are key to success.”

Mondi Solec in Poland converted the film through rotogravure printing and application of cold seal and release lacquer. The printing process was more challenging than for standard OPP films due to the distinctive behavior of the new film on the printing line, (e.g. film shrinkage caused by the heat generated during printing). Arkadiusz Sapiecha, managing director of Mondi Solec in Poland, comments, “Thanks to intensive in-house research and our long-term experience in rotogravure printing, our team was able to achieve a high-quality print which matches the appeal of standard OPP while retaining the packaging’s more natural character.”

The 11th Global Bioplastics Awards recognize innovation, success and achievement by manufacturers, processors and users of bioplastic materials. Mars, Rodenburg and Taghleef Industries were selected for the prize by a panel of independent judges representing the press, academic world and trade associations in Europe, Asia and America. The award ceremony was held on November 29, 2016 during the 11th European Bioplastics Conference in Berlin.




About Mars

In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington kitchen and established our first roots as a confectionery company.
From its humble beginnings in the Tacoma, Washington kitchen of Frank Mars, Mars, Incorporated has grown into a company of global scope with six business segments including Chocolate, Petcare, Wrigley Gum and Confections, Food, Drinks and Symbioscience, generating annual revenues of $28 billion. As a family-owned company, they are guided by Five Principles: Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom. Website:

Mars Nederland B.V.
Taylorweg 5
5466 AE Veghel
The Netherlands

About Rodenburg

Rodenburg is specialized in developing and producing starch based bioplastic compounds, Solanyl. The range of Solanyl grades can be applied in different conversion techniques, for example blown films, injection molding, extrusion, thermoforming and biaxially stretched films. Rodenburg has a strong expertise in co-creating sustainable solutions. Rodenburg Biopolymers is a privately owned company, headquartered in the Netherlands since 1945.

Thijs Rodenburg, CEO
Tel: +31 162 497030
Email: [email protected]

About Taghleef Industries

Headquartered in Dubai, Ti is the leading, customer focused supplier of films solutions to a global market place. With a manufacturing footprint in 9 countries on 5 continents, Ti produces 410,000 tons of specialized and multi-purpose films for the food packaging, labels, industrial and graphic arts applications. Film types include OPP, CPP, and PLA. Ti strives for product performance through R&D and innovations, and creates constant added value for its customers and stakeholders by delivering the highest levels of performance, quality and service with a diverse range of products. Ti is the brand owner of NATIVIA® , EXTENDO® , DERPROSA™, Titanium™, SynDECOR™ and VISION® trademarks. Learn more about Ti at;

Corinne Rougeau
Marketing Communication Coordinator
Taghleef Industries
Tel. + 39 0431 627 111
Email: [email protected]

About Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging

Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging is a producer of tailor-made flexible packaging solutions serving some of the world’s biggest brands in categories as diverse as pet care, food, and home and personal care. Our high-quality product range includes pre-made bags, versatile stand-up pouches and high-performance barrier materials (any combination of films, foil and paper). State-of-the-art production systems enable us to perform extrusion, lamination, printing, slitting and converting in-house. To offer our customers the best solutions, we invest substantially in leading-edge innovation. Supported by our own R&D Centre and 20 production facilities across North America, Europe and Asia, we offer protective and appealing packaging concepts.
Get to know Mondi Consumer Goods Packaging:

Barbara Sternig, Marketing and Communications Manager
Tel: +43 1 79013 4104, Fax: +43 1 79013 967
Email: [email protected]