December 22, 2016

Ahlstrom teams up with European coffee houses

According to Ahlstrom, approximately 10 billion single-serve coffee capsules are consumed in Europe every year.
According to Ahlstrom, approximately 10 billion single-serve coffee capsules are consumed in Europe every year.
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The collaboration strengthens the company’s leadership in sustainable single-serve coffee materials market in Europe.

Ahlstrom will supply its solution made from polylactic acid (PLA) and vegetable parchment materials to Caffe Vergnano in Italy and Cap Mundo in France.

The patented Ahlstrom GreenCapsule top lid is a biodegradable alternative to the common aluminum lid used in coffee capsules. According to the company, approximately 10 billion single-serve coffee capsules are consumed in Europe annually, but at the moment less than five per cent of the capsules are made from compostable and biodegradable materials. As more and more coffee houses seek for compostable materials to answer concerns about the environment, the global market for single-serve coffee capsules has grown at a double-digit rate in the past two years.

The Ahlstrom GreenCapsule top lid won the Best New Packaging in Coffee 2016 award at the World of Coffee exhibition in Dublin, Ireland.

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