Huhtamaki_coffee capsule made from compostable paper
President and CEO of Huhtamaki_Charles Heaulme
‘Nespresso coffee – official photo’ by Nespresso
Huhtamaki, a global provider of sustainable packaging solutions, launched an exclusive partnership with one of the biggest coffee brands, Nespresso, in early 2021 to innovate a sustainable coffee capsule made from home compostable paper. The powerful collaboration used a lean approach to product and process development, accelerating time to market in record time. Huhtamaki’s proprietary high-precision technology allows wood fibers to be molded into complex shapes with high-precision tolerances to a fraction of a millimeter.
The home compostable paper-based coffee capsule was launched by Nespresso in France yesterday November 21, 2022. It is a significant development in innovation for the circular economy and a leap forward for consumers around the world.
Huhtamaki’s proprietary high precision smooth molded fiber technology transforms wood pulp fibers into high performance packaging solutions that can be applied to a myriad of different consumer applications.
Proprietary high-precision technology for smooth molded fiber is part of the company’s blueloop™ brand promise, reflecting its 2030 sustainability ambition.
Nespresso coffee capsules made from home-compostable paper were first launched in Paris, France on the 21ststNovember 2022. The capsules will first be tested with consumers in France and Switzerland in the spring of 2023 before being generalized.
The paper-based coffee capsules are made from wood fibers responsibly sourced from European forests. They have been independently certified by TÜV – as home compostable and compostable in food waste collection schemes.
The coffee capsules protect the quality and freshness of the coffee while providing the functionality required to deliver the high quality coffee the brand is known for – without compromising on the taste experience.
“We are delighted to have partnered with Nespresso on a unique home compostable paper-based capsule designed for circularity. This groundbreaking innovation is the result of combining fibre, a renewable natural material, with our proprietary high precision, creating a sustainable alternative for Nespresso The capsules will be produced in line with our blueloop™ brand promise, which incorporates our commitment to design for circularity, to be operationally carbon neutral and to responsibly source our materials in line with our 2030 strategy,” says Charles Héaulmé, President and CEO at Huhtamaki.
Huhtamaki is committed to providing sustainable packaging solutions with a positive impact on the environment. He proactively works with innovative consumer brands to reimagine the future of packaging. The success of this partnership demonstrates how innovation and collaboration can contribute to the circular economy and tackle climate action by becoming carbon neutral without forgetting the other environmental and social aspects of sustainability.
We see this technology as a paradigm shift in how we can use renewable wood fiber in complex food packaging. This innovation opens up new avenues for the use of fiber in food packaging. Huhtamaki’s high-precision technology means we can capture the very clear sustainability benefits of renewable wood fiber in a growing range of packaging solutions that deliver superior functionality, keep food safe and maintain quality.
We see the development of this technology as a milestone in sustainable packaging – and not just because of the sustainability and food preservation features, but because of the new use case possibilities. We think we can replace, for example, caps and closures, which today are made of plastic or metal. Other potential applications are trays or containers that require lids that seal directly to the tray and can be opened/closed.
More information on Huhtamaki’s exclusive high-precision technology can be found here: Huhtamaki Fiber Solutions – The Future Reimagined.
For more information please contact:
Richard Ali, Vice President of Communications
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Huhtamaki is a key global provider of sustainable packaging solutions for consumers around the world. Our innovative products protect food and drink on the go and on the shelf, ensuring hygiene and safety, promoting accessibility and affordability and helping to prevent food waste. We embed sustainability in everything we do. We are committed to achieving carbon neutral production and designing all of our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.
We participate in the United Nations Global Compact and EcoVadis awarded Huhtamaki the Gold Medal for its sustainability performance. To play our part in managing climate change, we have set science-based targets that have been endorsed and validated by the Science-Based Targets Initiative.
With 100 years of history and a strong Nordic heritage, we operate in 37 countries and 114 operating locations around the world. Our Care Dare Deliver values guide our decisions and help our team of more than 19,000 employees make a difference where it counts. Our net sales in 2021 amounted to 3.6 billion euros. The Huhtamaki Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, and our parent company, Huhtamäki Oyj, is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. Discover how we protect food, people and the planet on www.huhtamaki.com.