Stefan Fageräng takes the helm at Tetra Pak Southern Africa in May, 2018.
The enormously capable Fageräng is an industry veteran who rose through Tetra Pak’s ranks from management trainee in Sweden. Yet he was most recently MD of North West Europe at Tetra Pak, after being MD of the Benelux region stationed in Netherlands. Prior to that he was VP of marketing and market management for nearly three years in Sweden, after spending three years as MD of the Lebanon office. His list of tenure at the company spans 27 years and 12 different countries serving nearly every department within Tetra Pak’s global portfolio.
‘It gives me great pleasure to assume the lead of Tetra Pak Southern Africa as we celebrate 60 years in South Africa,’ says Fageräng. ‘This is an enormous milestone and stands testament to our history of innovation and commitment to our customers here and the people of South Africa.’
Among his experience Fageräng includes fostering collaboration among government, industry, and health experts in Britain to curb poor health and obesity issues that, among others, encouraged measures to reformulate drinks.
Additionally, the global juice, nectar, and still drinks industry is presently experiencing enormous innovation with increasingly health conscious consumers cognitive of environmental issues and how packs influence them. Customer needs are simultaneously diversifying while urban populations swell, which makes sustainability a key issue for the industry.
‘We have to support people in our communities and our business, markets and the supply chain by doing more with less and driving environmental innovation across the lifecycle of our products and in our own operations,’ says Fageräng.
‘We also recognise the need to create cohesion among the various elements of the food chain that go beyond our business and our customers into the entire value chain. We are, therefore, aligned with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals,’ he says.
Among the recent developments at Tetra Pak Southern Africa is Mpact’s 2017 launch of a carton beverage recycling facility for fibre reclamation, in partnership with Tetra Pak. The €3,1 million facility, at the Springs mill in Johannesburg, is capable of recycling 25 000 tonnes per year. The new plant will enable Mpact to recover in the region of 18 000 tonnes of fibre per year that will feed its paper division. It will also create a variety of products from corrugated board to point-of-sale materials.