His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, has inaugurated Agthia Group’s new packaging technology center in Al Ain.
The new facility aims to develop more sustainable packaging technologies to make a positive impact on the food and beverages industry and reinforce Agthia’s commitment to sustainability and innovation. His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi was accompanied by His Excellency Eng Dhafer Ayed Al Ahbabi, Agthia Group Chairman, and Tareq Ahmed Al Wahedi, Agthia Group CEO.
His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi said: “R&D is integral to the UAE’s transition to a competitive knowledge-based economy under the guidance of its visionary leadership that aims to build a better future for current and next generations. In addition, it is key to addressing some of the most pressing environmental challenges we face today, particularly climate change – the greatest threat to the world as we know it. To maximize its effectiveness in addressing climate change, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment works relentlessly to promote productive synergies between the public and private sector that drive R&D.”
As part of his visit to Al Ain, His Excellency Dr Al Zeyoudi also toured Agthia’s other facilities to learn about various sustainable practices adopted by Agthia and gain first-hand insights into the various innovations and technologies utilized by the Group across new and existing products. His Excellency also visited the Al Foah Company, where he was briefed on the wide range of date products and date derivatives as well as the latest practices within the date processing industry.
At Agthia, 99% of packaging is recyclable and 100% of secondary packaging across all its categories is biodegradable. The Group aims to achieve zero landfill waste by 2020 and has made a commitment to use 10% of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) from recycled sources and 5% plant-based sources by 2021.