Nestle to invest up to 2 bln Sfr to shift to recycled plastics

ZURICH, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Food giant Nestle said on Thursday it would invest up to 2 billion Swiss francs ($2.07 billion) to source more recycled plastics to package its products.

Nestle will allocate more than 1.5 billion francs pay for the extra cost of food-grade recycled plastics and will also launch a 250 million franc sustainable packaging venture fund, the maker of KitKat chocolate bars and Maggi soups said in a statement.

The company, whose packaging is regularly blamed for polluting oceans and landfills, has vowed to make 100% of its packaging recyclable or reusable by 2025. It said on Thursday it would reduce its use of new plastics by one third in the same period.

$1 = 0.9647 Swiss francs Reporting by Silke Koltrowitz