eFOOD-Lab International: What are the drivers in global
change (for the food & beverage industry)?
Ola Elmqvist: Consumer trends have evolved dramatically
over the last 10 years but three consistent focus areas in the
food and beverage sector have been health, ingredient and
quality transparency, and the environment.
Sustainability is not just impacting existing trends – such
as increased consumer calls for healthy choices – it is itself
a trend, with consumers calling for more environmentalOla
Executive Vice President, Processing
Solutions & Equipment at Tetra Pak
Ola Elmqvist is Executive Vice
President, Processing Solutions
& Equipment at Tetra Pak and
he is based in Lund, Sweden.
During his almost 30 years at Tetra Pak, Ola has
held a number of senior management positions,
including Vice President Business Unit Liquid Food,
Vice President Supply Chain Operations in Greater
China and NE Asia & Oceania, Managing Director
Tetra Pak South Eastern Europe and Cluster Leader
Technical Service Europe & Central Asia.
Ola started his career at the Lund Tetra Pak factory
in 1990 as Production Management Trainee.
Ola has a master’s degree in Electronic & Electrical
Engineering from the Lund Institute of Technology
Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing
and packaging solutions company. Working closely
with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe,
innovative and environmentally sound products
that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions
of people in more than 160 countries. With
more than 25,000 employees around the world,
we believe in responsible industry leadership and
a sustainable approach to business. Our promise,
"PROTECTS WHAT'S GOOD™," reflects our vision
to make food safe and available, everywhere.
ly friendly business practices. Looking ahead, as consumer
awareness of the need to preserve and protect the world's
resources increases, calls for sustainable manufacturing will
only grow louder. Tetra Pak has been communicating our
responsible business practices and performance for the last
20 years, reporting on environmental performance since
1999 and on broader sustainability initiatives since 2005.
We are committed to driving progress towards more
sustainability in all areas – and this includes manufacturing.
A physical example of this is the latest Tetra Pak®
Standardization unit with continuous protein control.
Developed in partnership with analytics specialists FOSS, the
unit combines technology and expertise to offer improved
sustainability through reduced wastage of raw materials. It
is the only method available offering continuous accurate
and control of protein and fat in dairy products,
offering a unique guarantee ratio performance.
eFOOD-Lab International: What is Tetra Pak's vision for
packaging materials and processing technologies on the
Ola Elmqvist: Tetra Pak's approach to sustainability encompasses
our entire value chain. We believe that the economy
of the future must be circular and low-carbon with a minimum
climate impact across the entire food value chain. Our
position on circularity is built around renewable and recyclable
responsible sourcing and doing more with less.
Contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable
Development Goals is a key aspect of delivering our sustainability
commitments. To deliver a low-carbon circular
economy, we are focusing on four areas: delivering a package
with the lowest comparable carbon footprint, offering
highly efficient equipment and solutions, minimising our
operational impact and working with partners to dramatically
Tetra Pak is partnering with a wide range of stakeholders
across the recycling value chain and in relation to the Circular
Economy. This includes suppliers, municipalities, recyclers,
and industry associations. Our ambition is to deliver a package
made entirely from plant-based and/or recycled materials
that remains recyclable – without ever compromising on food
With regard to our vision for manufacturing more specifically,
Tetra Pak has its sights firmly set on the ‘factory of
the future’ – using digital technologies that will revolutionise
the way food manufacturing plants operate.
Interview with Ola Elmqvist, Tetra Pak