Aramark Debuts Compostable Peanut Bag At Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead Stadium

Posted On: 11/16/2017

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GOING GREEN: Arrowhead Stadium vendors will begin selling compostable peanut bags to fans in the Chiefs Kingdom on Nov 26.
KANSAS CITY, MO - Aramark and the Kansas City Chiefs are making Arrowhead Stadium what they say is the first professional sports venue to sell a pre-packed compostable peanut bag.

Debuting at the Nov. 26 game, the compostable peanut bag
will be sold throughout general concessions and in-seat vending, with the goal of expanding to other areas of Arrowhead Stadium following the pilot phase.

With more than 15,000 bags of peanuts sold in concessions at Arrowhead Stadium each year, the Chiefs approached Aramark, the team's general concessionaire, about finding ways to further advance its "Extra Yard for the Environment" program and Arrowhead's waste-diversion methods.

To tackle this challenge, Aramark asked Florham Park, NJ-based compostable materials expert BASF to draw up a game plan to divert peanut bags from the landfill. Working with Springfield, MA, peanut supplier Hampton Farms, BASF converted all parties of the supply chain, from the packaging converter to composter, to deliver a compostable peanut bag for Arrowhead Stadium.

As part of the 18-month developmental process, BASF worked with Missouri Organic Recycling to test packaging prototypes to ensure that the final product met its stringent composting guidelines. The end product is reportedly the first-of-its-kind commercially available peanut bag to be made from BASF's certified compostable ecovio biopolymer and Epotal adhesive.

When it comes to selling peanuts, Aramark's roots run deep. The company's founder began selling peanuts out of his car in 1932, laying the foundation for what would eventually become snack vending. Aramark says it now sells more than 1.1 million bags of peanuts annually at sporting events and, once again, is playing a role in transforming how peanuts are sold.