DS Smith confirms five-year sole supplier deal with snacks giant Mondelez

DS Smith has secured a second consecutive five-year contract agreement to be the sole supplier of corrugated packaging in Europe for snacks giant Mondelēz International, which counts Oreo, Cadbury Dairy Milk, Toblerone, and Philadelphia cream cheese among its many brands.

The agreement represents an exclusive partnership and is described as an extension of existing services with a commitment to new projects. It will involve building on an already established relationship held in place for the last ten years.

DS Smith said the cooperation will enable the companies to further build on their R&D programmes and deliver bespoke sustainable packaging solutions with a ‘radical’ joint innovation programme and roadmap.

New fibre-based packaging solutions will be implemented across European markets, and both companies will work together to reduce the use of single-use plastics and utilise joint efforts to hit a target of net zero emissions by 2050.

DS Smith and Mondelez will continue to use the DS Smith Circular Design Metrics when co-creating new packaging innovations, ensuring every new solution is evaluated for sustainability measures such as recyclability, material consumption, keeping material and products in use for longer, and making entire supply cycles more efficient.

Stefano Rossi, CEO packaging division, DS Smith, said, “We are delighted to continue this amazing journey with our hugely valued customer, Mondelēz International. This long-standing partnership is a testament to the strength of our shared vision together.

“We are uniquely focused on redefining packaging for a changing world and in creating lasting packaging innovations across all areas of our customer’s business. We are inherently proud of what we have achieved so far within the last ten years, and we look forward to working together successfully into the next decade and creating yet more lasting change.”

Cyril Goyet, VP procurement Europe, Mondelēz International, added, “We are tremendously excited about our next venture with DS Smith and grateful for the collaborative journey that we have shared over the last ten years. The mutual trust we have built over time and the transparency and dedication exhibited by both teams has been the secret recipe of our success, enabling consistent value delivery and making our partnership unique and remarkable.

“In the end, it is about the great people in both companies sharing a same set up of values, passion, and commitment. Here is to another five years of success, growth, and achievement, as we explore new opportunities.”