Berry Helps Tchibo Coffee Capsules

EVANSVILLE, Ind. –A partnership between Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY), its customer Tchibo and its raw material supplier Neste has achieved a breakthrough development in the coffee capsule market with the introduction of a capsule made from of renewable resources sources that do not compete with food.

Coffee capsules are becoming increasingly popular around the world for their convenience and quality coffee experience. German coffee producer Tchibo has worked with Berry to improve the sustainability of its existing Qbo-branded coffee capsules by using polypropylene (PP) made from renewable raw materials for manufacturing.

To improve the durability of its Qbo brand, Tchibo has therefore sought to optimize the material of its capsules. In collaboration with Berry and Neste, the result is the launch of an innovative coffee capsule that is produced from identical types of polymers, which are instead made using bio-based raw materials such as waste and residual oils and fats. , for example used cooking oils. .

A life cycle assessment by the Technical University of Berlin, carried out in accordance with ISO 14040/44, showed that the conversion of the Qbo capsule material results in approximately 35% less CO2 emissions.

“We are delighted to offer the Qbo capsules in PP, now produced from 70% renewable raw materials”, explains Marius-Konstantin Wiche, Development Manager, Capsule and Innovation at Tchibo. “This makes the entire Qbo range – featuring sustainably grown Qbo coffee brewed in Qbo machines – one of the most sustainable capsule systems on the market.”

Renewable materials are provided through a mass balance approach, certified by the International Sustainability & Carbon (ISCC PLUS) system. Mass balance certification makes it possible to mathematically assign the proportion of bio-based raw materials used in the value chain from production to the final product, so that it can be advertised on the packaging. The certification therefore offers full traceability throughout the supply chain, from raw materials to the finished coffee capsule, as well as validation of the sustainability of raw materials.

It is important to note that the renewable solution offers the same quality and properties as conventional solutions, which means that the new capsules offer the same performance and product experience. Moreover, the renewable raw material can be easily introduced into existing production lines without any modifications being necessary.

“We needed to ensure that the high quality and great taste of Qbo coffee would not be affected,” Wiche confirmed. “That’s why we focused on replacing the raw materials of the capsules, and not on the PP itself. Renewable materials go into the production of PP polymers of the same quality as virgin PP; you won’t see or taste any difference.

Berry has combined its sustainability leadership in selecting the right qualified raw materials with its technical skills for efficient capsule manufacturing to accelerate the conversion to a more sustainable circular solution. The Company’s expertise in design for circularity enables the development of multiple potential solutions for future coffee capsule manufacturing, through its ISCC PLUS certified site in Bremervörde, Germany. ISCC PLUS certification not only ensures food contact approval has been granted for new materials, but also enables rapid transition to additional applications over time.

“We chose Berry for this project because they have experience with our product and hold the ISCC PLUS certification required to produce the capsules from renewable materials,” Wiche said. “The company’s knowledge of sheet extrusion and thermoforming for our capsules is excellent and we also appreciate their in-house engineering and machining of related parts for our products.”

For Berry, the introduction of the new capsules supports its recently announced commitment to achieve 30% use of circular plastics in its fast-moving consumer goods packaging by 2030, as the company plans to decouple from plastic. virgin and long-term fossil fuels.

“Supporting our customers’ growing sustainability commitments is a key priority as we plan for the future needs of a net-zero circular economy,” said Jean-Marc Galvez, President of Consumer Packaging International at Berry. “Providing the infrastructure and manufacturing capabilities needed to design products for circularity is one of our core competencies. I am incredibly proud of this partnership and its commitment to demonstrating the potential of renewable raw materials to reduce the environmental impact of capsules.

Wiche concluded: “Together our team Tchibo, Neste and Berry have created a fantastic result. Qbo coffee still retains its premium quality, but now in a capsule produced with less CO2 emissions.

About Berry

At Berry Global Group, Inc. (NYSE:BERY), we create innovative packaging and engineered products that we believe improve the lives of people and the planet. We do this every day by leveraging our unmatched global capabilities, sustainability leadership and deep innovation expertise to serve customers of all sizes around the world. Harnessing the strength of our diversity and the cutting-edge talent of 47,000 global employees across more than 300 locations, we partner with customers to develop, design and manufacture innovative products with a circular economy in mind. The challenges we solve and the innovations we pioneer benefit our customers every step of the way. For more information, visit our website or connect with us on LinkedIn or Twitter. (BERY-P)

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