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Keurig Dr Pepper Sponsors ”Polypropylene Recycling Coalition”

The Burlington, Mass., beverage maker said it has committed $10 million over the next five years to improve the recovery and recycling of polypropylene plastic in the U.S. The Coalition’s goal is to solidify polypropylene's status as a standard curbside recycling material through projects that enhance collection, sortation and processing in recycling facilities. The result would be an increase in the value and supply of recycled polypropylene (rPP) and a reduction in the need for virgin plastic in packaging. KDP has also invested in the American Beverage Association's Every Bottle Back initiative, the Closed Loop Fund and several initiatives led by the Recycling Partnership, Keep America Beautiful, and the World Wildlife Fund.

"Keurig Dr Pepper Advances Sustainable Packaging Commitments with New $10 Million Investment to Improve Polypropylene Recycling in the U.S.", PRNewswire , July 08, 2020

Evian Drops Plastic Label, Debuts Water Bottle With Engraved Logo

As part of its efforts to be a fully circular brand, with all bottles made from 100% recycled plastic by 2025, Evian has launched a label-free 400 ml bottle that features an “Evian pink” bottle cap. Since labels or the adhesives they use are typically non-recyclable, their presence on a bottle complicates recycling. The new Evian bottle sidesteps this by engraving the logo and tag as the bottle is being formed.

This is an elegant solution to the label problem, but raises a couple of issues. One is that the cap is still made from non-recycled material. The other is that the bottle does not have a bar code, which means it cannot yet be sold in stores. Instead, it’s suitable for online sales where barcodes are not needed. As well as restaurants, hotels and hospitality venues.  The company did not provide any insight into the additional cost entailed by this process, but did say the innovation took about two years to implement. The bottle will be available in France beginning this month, ...  More

"Evian Introduces Label-Free Bottle", Kam City, July 08, 2020

Seven Of Sprite’s APAC Markets Have Switched To Clear PET Bottles

Coca-Cola has switched from the iconic green Sprite bottled to clear PET bottles in seven APAC countries, following recent expansion to Singapore. Beginning in the Philippines in late 2019, the switch to clear PET bottles has taken place in Thailand, Malaysia, Korea, Fiji, Hong Kong, and now Singapore, where the clear bottles are available in the 500 ml and 1.5 ml formats. The bottles are made with 10 percent recycled PET (rPET) and are 100 percent recyclable. Packaging experts say that while colored PET bottles can be recycled, transparent PET bottles are more valuable in the after-use market. This also means that the plastic can be repurposed or reused many times, creating a circular solution.

"Transparent is the new green: Coca-Cola rolls out Sprite clear bottles to seven APAC countries", Food Navigator Asia, July 07, 2020

CCEP Goes All-Natural With Capri-Sun Ingredients

Coca-Cola European Partners announced it has eliminated artificial ingredients – including flavors, colors, sweeteners, and preservatives – from its Capri-Sun portfolio. The Capri-Sun range – including Capri-Sun and Capri-Sun No Added Sugar – will now be made with100 percent of natural ingredients. The move will be supported by a £6 million ($7.5 million) marketing campaign later this year, using television and social media, as well as in-store materials. The Capri-Sun No Added Sugar Nothing Artificial range includes Orange and Apple & Blackcurrant.

"Capri-Sun becomes free from artificial ingredients", Talking Retail, July 07, 2020

Carlsberg Expects Major Water Savings At New Brewery Recycling Plant

Carlsberg expects the newly-opened water recycling plant at its brewery in Fredericia, Denmark, will reduce average water consumption from 2.9 hl of water per hl of beer produced to 1.4hl of water per hl of beer. The new plant will also reduce the brewery’s energy consumption by 10 percent through its own biogas production and the recycling of hot water. Carlsberg also claims that the new plant will accelerate its efforts towards achieving zero water waste, as announced in its Together Towards Zero sustainability program, established in June 2017. The new Fredericia plant is the result of a public-private deal with the Danish partnership for Resource and water-efficient Industrial food Production (DRIP).

"Carlsberg opens water recycling plant at Denmark brewery", FoodBev , July 01, 2020

Suntory’s New Environmental Target: Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions By 2050

Suntory Group has boosted its “environmental vision” or goal to net zero greenhouse gas emissions across its entire value chain by 2050. The company said it will implement renewable energy solutions, use next-generation infrastructure options, and work with supply chain stakeholders to realize a carbon-free society, while maintaining current energy conservation measures, including water sustainability and climate change initiatives.

"Suntory Targets Net Zero Greenhouse Gas Emissions Across Entire Value Chain", WebWire, June 30, 2020

Finnish Company Unveils Eco-Friendly Snack Packaging Solution

Finnish fiber-based products company Ahlstrom-Munksjö (Helsinki) has introduced its first brand of CelluSnack snack packaging papers, designed to reduce the impact on the environment by making compostability, biodegradation, and recycling easier. The new snack packaging papers are the result of the company’s “from Plastic to Purpose” initiative that encourages food and industrial packaging producers to consider fiber and paper-based packaging solutions. CelluSnack papers also offer heat sealing and various barrier coatings.

"Ahlstrom-Munksjö launches CelluSnack Papers", PulPaperNews.com, June 29, 2020

F. Gaviña & Sons Introduces Coffee Pods Compatible With Keurig Brewers

F. Gaviña & Sons (Vernon, Calif.) has released a range of single-serve coffee pods that are compatible with Keurig K-Cup brewers. The Café La Llave Espresso pods will be available at U.S. retailers later this summer. The company also announced a partnership with recycling company TerraCycle to ensure that all single-serve coffee pods and espresso capsules can be recycled for free. Twelve-count packs of Café La Llave Espresso Single Serve Coffee Pods will have a suggested retail price of $6.99.

"Café La Llave® Launches Recyclable Single-Serve Espresso Style Coffee Pods", PR Newswire , June 22, 2020

Blake’s Seed Based Broadens Market Reach Beyond People With Food Allergies

Chicago-based snack company Blake's Seed Based’s niche market is consumers with food allergies who need snack bars free from the top eight allergens. It’s a big market: more than 32 million people in the U.S. live with food allergies, 90 percent of whom are affected by the top eight allergens. But company founder Blake Sorenson is positioning his company to attract more than people with food allergies, so he is now focusing marketing on the general health benefits of seeds, while appealing to those looking for an alternative to nut–based and granola bars. Consumers are getting more savvy about seeds, which "are still trending," says Sorensen, and his seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, and flax) pack a lot of nutrition per serving (i.e., healthy fats, protein, and fiber). Launched as an online brand, the products can now be found in 1,000 brick–and–mortar stores nationally, often positioned next to category giants such as KIND. Still, the new pandemic-driven stay-at-home lifestyle has forced ...  More

"Blake's Seed Based founder: 'It s important that we re not just an allergen brand'", FoodNavigator–USA.com, June 17, 2020

ZenWTR Goes Nationwide In100 Percent Recycled Ocean Plastic

ZenWTR has rolled out nationwide at Whole Foods stores after picking up regional distribution at chains from Walmart to Safeway over the past couple of months.  The distilled high pH bottled water, packaged in recycled ocean plastic, is available in nearly 5,000 stores including Walmart, Safeway, and H.E.B. and is on course to hit another 20-30,000 doors. ZenWTR sources post-consumer ocean plastic (certified by OceanCycle) through a network of accredited supply partners. It is turned into rPET by California-based recycler CarbonLITE. The beverage goes through a reverse osmosis process before being “vapor distilled,” i.e., boiled to create steam then cooled to a liquid state, and UV treated to create “the purest form of water.” Electrolytes are added for taste.

"100 percent recycled ocean plastic: ZenWTR hits Whole Foods nationwide as Lance Collins aims to strike CPG gold again ", Food Navigator USA, June 11, 2020

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