ALPLA has introduced new recyclable, biodegradable coffee capsules that, according to the company, have improved barrier properties, prevent odor migration, and offer a tasteless alternative to single-use pods.

Read: April 2023 Issue of Food InfoTech Magazine.

Full-bodied coffee flavour, long-lasting enjoyment, and simple disposal via home compost or organic waste bin – packaging specialist ALPLA is introducing a new generation of biodegradable coffee capsules for the Blue Circle brand as an organic material solution. This stands out in particular in terms of odour and taste neutrality. The certified system in the familiar design offers top coffee enjoyment thanks to improved barrier properties.

An organic material was used by ALPLA to create a barrier-free, home-compostable solution. The impacts on the capsule contents and the unwanted migration of coffee aroma to the surroundings are minimized by the certified system, which consists of a capsule and a sealing foil.

Nicolas Lehner, CCO at ALPLA emphasizes, “With the innovative Blue Circle capsules, the global packaging company is offering coffee suppliers, wholesalers, filling companies and roasting plants a resource-conserving alternative. Around the world, consumer behavior is becoming more and more sustainable. We see ourselves as pioneers and are developing the packaging solutions of the future. With the biodegradable coffee capsule, we are not only helping our customers achieve their sustainability targets, but are also acting in line with the new EU Packaging Regulation, which will require compostable solutions for individual coffee portion packaging in the future.”

The capsules are injection-moulded using the company’s own facilities and are produced in the familiar Blue Circle design for the best results in terms of compatibility and handling. Here, ALPLA is processing a newly developed organic material which is not at odds with food and feedstuff production.

Nicolas Lehner further adds, “The combination of the material, design and production process is key to the capsules’ stability, leak tightness and barrier. Our technological expertise and experience result in the optimum solution for unadulterated enjoyment.”

The entire packaging including sealing foil and contents has been awarded the ‘OK compost HOME’ and ‘OK compost INDUSTRIAL’ certification marks by TÜV Austria. The Blue Circle coffee capsules can therefore simply be disposed of via home compost or in the organic waste bin.


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