Tetra Pak has announced the introduction of certified recycled polymers, becoming the first company in the food and beverage packaging industry to be awarded the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) Advanced Products certification. Its carton packages integrating attributed recycled polymers are now available for food and beverage manufacturers.
Tetra Pak today announces it is ready to deploy its portfolio of tethered cap solutions. The portfolio brings numerous benefits to food and beverage manufacturers and consumers, as the company builds on its vision of the most sustainable food package. These benefits include minimising litter, as the cap will stay attached to the package.
The carbon footprint can also be reduced because the company’s tethered caps are planned to become available as a plant-based option, therefore increasing the renewable content of the package.
In tandem, the company is accelerating the expansion of its paper straws offering to ensure further renewable and low carbon materials across the range of packaging solutions. The aim of this is to address a broad range of customer sustainability needs without compromising on food safety, while still delivering on the end-user drinking experience.
Lars Holmquist, Executive Vice President Packaging Solutions and Commercial Operations, Tetra Pak, says: “These are key milestones in our journey towards the world’s most sustainable food package: a carton that is fully made from renewable or recycled materials, is fully recyclable and carbon-neutral. We consistently strive to deliver products and services that adds value to food and people while protecting the planet. Our promise, ‘PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™,’ allied with this strong purpose means we are providing customers with innovative products that also meet the rapidly changing demands of society.”
Tethered caps and paper straws
Tetra Pak’s tethered caps and paper straws developments mark the latest additions to its range of responsible end-to-end solutions, allowing manufacturers to achieve their ambitions in three essential areas – food safety, food waste and the environment - simultaneously.
Holmquist continues: "Approximately 32% of all plastic packaging is not collected and plastic can take hundreds of years to degrade. We focus on recycling by design, committing to invest approximately €100 million per year over the next 5-10 years to develop more sustainable packaging solutions. This includes alternatives to replace fossil-based plastics and avoid littering, as well as maximising the use of renewable, responsibly sourced materials in our packages. Addressing people’s needs for recycling is a critical component for not only becoming more sustainable but making food more available and safer for all consumers.”
These steps are also central to ensuring that Tetra Pak’s customers in Europe will be ready to comply with the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive, an integral part of the wider approach announced in the Plastics Strategy and an important element of the EU Circular Economy Action Plan.
With this in mind, Tetra Pak has accelerated innovation in the caps domain.
Holmquist adds: “The significant challenge of deploying tethered caps is the scale of the change that this brings across the value chain. If we look at Europe alone, more than 1,000 packaging lines supplied by us will be potentially transformed, translating into over 20 billion packages which are expected to be converted. All of that in three years, while minimising impact on our customers’ operations, optimising the consumer experience and contributing to both minimising litter and creating a carton package with increased plant-based and recycled content.”
Tetra Pak is progressing on this complex journey by working seamlessly across various project streams. Overall, this covers approximately 40 different packages with tethered caps. Those caps are all planned to become available as a plant-based option. The first one to be released on the market is the HeliCap™ 26 Pro closure. This product features a new screw and flip concept with a self-locking hinge, securing food protection while providing convenience for in-home consumption. Its opening and closing mechanism has proven popular with consumers, demonstrating that the solution is delivering further benefits in addition to meeting legislative requirements.
Holmquist concludes: “We won’t stop here. We are continuously innovating our sustainable openings offering. We envision a world where carton packages never become waste and where every carton is collected and recycled.”
 Source: Ellen MacArthur Foundation, https://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/
 Main objective of Directive 2019/904 is the prevention and reduction of marine litter from single-use plastic items. The implementation of this directive into EU member states’ national legislation will lead to a ban of selected products from the market, whenever affordable alternatives are available, among other measures. While bans on plastic straws will come into force by July 2021, EU-based beverage producers, retailers and manufacturers, as well as importers, are obliged to implement tethered caps and lids - designed to remain attached to containers - by July 2024.
 Source: consumer research conducted in Spain, Italy and Poland in November 2019, with 300 consumers through face to face interviews, focussed on HeliCap™ 26 Pro opening on Tetra Prisma® Aseptic 1000 Square package.
Image: Tethered cap on Tetra Pak carton
Tetra Pak has introduced a new collaborative innovation model with leading paperboard producers, a move aimed at tackling the food packaging industry’s sustainability challenges. The traditional operating model of a linear supply chain has changed, and a new partnership ecosystem model is emerging, where the entire industry works in close collaboration.
Tetra Pak research study reveals food safety-environment dilemma fostered by COVID-19 pandemic
Tetra Pak has unveiled findings from its global research study, in partnership with Ipsos, showing that food safety is a major issue for society. The same amount of respondents believe that COVID-19 is a “real threat.” At the same time, concern for the environment remains strikingly powerful, pointing towards a dilemma in the consumers’ minds as they try to balance the critical priorities of human existence through safe food and sustainability of the planet we live on.
Innovating together for a sustainable future
Lund University and Tetra Pak have recently signed a five-year strategic partnership agreement, expanding on their rich history of collaboration on packaging logistics, food technology and packaging materials. Together, Lund University and Tetra Pak will aim to create new industry-academia development opportunities, promote the sharing of resources and competencies.
Tetra Pak introduces first-of-its-kind low energy processing line for juice, nectar and still drinks
Tetra Pak has launched a new, first-of-its-kind low-energy processing line for juice, nectar and still drinks (JNSD) to take beverage processing to a new level of efficiency. Innovatively using a unique combination of Pasteurization, Filtration and UV Light technology to treat beverages in two separate streams, which are aseptically blended together into the final beverage.
Tetra Pak launches its first complete processing line for white cheese
Leveraging more than 45 years of experience in cheese processing, Tetra Pak is launching its first complete processing line for feta type white cheese products to enable white milk producers and traditional cheese makers to explore opportunities within white cheese.
Tetra Pak becomes the first company in the food and beverage industry to offer packaging made with fully traceable plant-based polymers
Tetra Pak, together with its supplier Braskem, has become the first company in the food and beverage industry to responsibly source plant-based polymers using the Bonsucro standards for sustainable sugar cane. This move is yet another reinforcement of the company’s commitment to drive ethical and responsible business practices across global supply chains.
With bottled water growing at a fast pace, players around the world are driving innovation focussing on natural ingredients and health value, sustainability and packaging functionality. Tetra Pak would like to congratulate its customers on their excellent performance and recognition at Zenith Global’s 16th Global Bottled Water Congress.
Tetra Pak explores Graphene material for the food and beverage manufacturing industry
Tetra Pak has joined the European Commission Graphene Flagship project as the exclusive representative from the packaging industry to explore possible future applications of graphene in food and beverage manufacturing. Graphene is a carbon-based material, one of the thinnest known to mankind.
Tetra Pak has launched new best-practice lines for yoghurt products - a suite of expert services which support a wide variety of yoghurt innovations to address growing consumer demand. Leveraging more than 45 years of experience in processing and packaging solutions with deep knowledge of yoghurt, enabling Tetra Pak to offer support for designing processes that do not compromise on production economy or flexibility.
Tetra Pak research study reveals the convergence of environment and health is growing, and the Food and Beverage Industry is first to see this trend
Tetra Pak today reveals the findings from a global research study in partnership with Ipsos1 on the two most pressing consumer demands: the environment and health. They have historically been seen, and communicated, as separate areas: however they are increasingly converging, creating pivotal opportunities for food and beverage brands in how they market their products over the next 12 months.
Sustainable JNSD line pays off – Tetra Pak wins IFU 2019 Innovation Award
"In 2011, we realized that something could be done differently in the Juice-Nectar-Still Drink (JNSD) industry and decided to focus on how to make juice production more sustainable. To achieve that we needed to find innovative solutions which save energy and water", says Maria Norlin, Subcategory Manager JNSD & Other Beverages. On October 1st, this ground-breaking initiative was recognized by International Fruit and Vegetable juice Association.
Sumol+Compal rejuvenates product range and attracts shoppers' attention with new Tetra Stelo Aseptic carton package
Portuguese food and beverage company Sumol+Compal has launched its premium brand Compal in Tetra Pak’s sleek, fresh new Tetra Stelo Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based WingCap 30. The uniquely-designed package will allow Sumol+Compal to bring to market a range of popular juices distinguished by an easy-grip carton, one-step opening and with a smoothly-rounded, slim shape.
Tetra Pak surpasses 500 billion FSC labelled package milestone
Tetra Pak has now delivered more than 500 billion packages labelled with the Forest Stewardship Council logo globally, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey to promote responsible sourcing and contributing to a low-carbon circular economy. Consumers looking for environmental logos when shopping is a growing trend, with over half of consumers saying they are always and often looking for environmental logos on the products they buy.
Tetra Pak has announced that customers have started field testing its paper straws for beverage products in Europe. The move means Tetra Pak is the first carton packaging company to provide such straws for beverage cartons in the region. Made from FSC certified paper and recyclable with the rest of the package, the new paper straw will be available initially for two small size carton packages commonly used for dairy and beverage products for children.
Tetra Pak has announced that HelloFresh, a leading meal kit company, has chosen Tetra Recart carton package for use in European markets for its environmental advantages. Successfully used by HelloFresh in the US since 2017, Tetra Recart offers a better packaging alternative with 80% lower carbon footprint and significant weight and space savings compared to tin cans and glass jars.
Tetra Pak and FOSS combine expertise to deliver industry first in-line standardization analyser
Tetra Pak and FOSS have today launched an advanced version of the Tetra Pak Standardization unit. With continuous accurate measurement and control of protein and fat in dairy products, the new unit has been designed to help customers ensure consistent product quality and strengthen their profitability by removing the uncertainty of sampling techniques.
Case study: Hellenic Dairies sees the benefits of integrated plant management
Greek dairy producer Hellenic Dairies is a longstanding Tetra Pak customer with seven filling lines and extensive processing equipment. The company holds a strong position in south-east Europe for liquid dairy products, cheese, yoghurt and juices, nectars and still drinks. In 2016, a major investment in their plant in Brasov, Romania, working closely with Tetra Pak and our strategic supplier Elettric80, resulted in the installation of a comprehensive range of end-of-line and warehousing equipment.
What should bean soup taste like in China? And how would Americans like their hummus? Or Spaniards their ratatouille? For the answers to these and many other questions, we turn to the team working with the Tetra Recart test factory in Lund. This is where increasingly more customers are coming to develop their products in terms of both taste and packaging.
Tetra Pak's cartons will become full-scale data carriers and digital tools
Tetra Pak has announced the launch of its connected packaging platform, which will transform milk and juice cartons into interactive information channels, full-scale data carriers and digital tools. Driven by the trends behind Industry 4.0, and with code generation, digital printing and data management at its core, the connected packaging platform will bring new benefits to food producers, retailers and shoppers.
Tetra Pak has announced that it is developing an energy assessment programme in collaboration with ABB to help food and beverage producers lower their environmental impact and cut costs. The programme provides an assessment of the entire plant, helping customers minimise their environmental impact and maximise profitability.
Tetra Pak is unveiling its “factory of the future” where digital technology revolutionises the way food manufacturing plants operate. Machines will be able to communicate with each other as well as with the digital systems of the entire operation, automatically taking on tasks such as diagnosing problems, ordering and delivering parts, and looking for an engineer who is most suitable for the service needed. The technology builds on previous measures to bring the benefits of digitalisation to the food and beverage industry
Tetra Pak package enhances distribution efficiency
Tetra Pak has launched the Tetra Classic Aseptic 65ml Cube package, offering an efficient packaging solution for dairy, juice and liquid food. The dimensions of the package have been designed to allow every six packages to form a cube, hence optimising the use of space in distribution and storage. This has brought significant improvement in cost efficiencies and the environmental footprint.
Tetra Pak's Ko Hoepman highlights upcoming trends in the food sector
Health has been a top trend for a long time, but it is now reaching new heights. Consumers are seeking a healthy lifestyle across all areas and food & beverage plays a key role. We’re now seeing an evolution of this trend, providing opportunities to create a wider variety of products for different occasions.
Tetra Pak will be joining forces with leading Swedish technology companies at Hannover Messe 2019, the world's largest industrial technology fair, providing insights on its experience and demonstrate how partnerships are the cornerstone of digitalisation, bringing value to food and beverage manufacturers.
Al Rabie, Tetra Pak’s biggest customer in a world first with new holographic packaging material
Al Rabie, Tetra Pak’s biggest customer in the Greater Middle East and Africa, has scored a world first with the launch of its new sports drink. Al Rabie, which has long been a byword for quality and innovation in the region, is also looking to strengthen its brand equity and reinforce its reputation for embracing the new.
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