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PAPACKS® launches a partnership with Keurig Dr Pepper

Keurig Dr Pepper Inc. (NASDAQ: KDP) and sustainable packaging manufacturer PAPACKS, based in Cologne – Germany, today announced the start of a partnership to develop a fully recyclable and compostable paper bottle.

Innovation is critical to meeting consumer needs, driving growth and furthering our commitment to sustainability. On the beverage packaging front, we have begun work with Keurig Dr Pepper to develop the first fully recyclable and compostable paper bottle. This innovation will support the commitment to reduce Keurig Dr Pepper’s use of virgin plastic by 2025% by 20, which is part of the Drink Well. Do Good. corporate responsibility platform.

To advance this sustainable packaging alternative, Keurig Dr Pepper is partnering with PAPACKS®, a packaging manufacturer based in Cologne, Germany. Unlike other beverage packaging alternatives that use plant-based PET plastic or sustainably sourced pulp with a polymer liner, KDP will use PAPACKS® technology that uses fiber and organic materials to create a 100% plastic-free bottle. The goal is for the entire package – including the bottle, label, cap and closure – to be compostable or recyclable with other paper products at rubbish collection in most communities in the US.

The prototype of the new bottle is expected by the end of 2022. The plan is to test the innovation in selected products from KDP’s entire beverage portfolio – from water to juices and carbonated drinks.

Our new paper bottle prototype is one of many projects KDP is currently undertaking to develop and test packaging solutions that focus on improving consumer experience and shelf presence, while reducing the company’s consumption of virgin plastic. Other projects in development include:

  • A compostable K-Cup® pod for the home
  • Improved recyclability for different types of packaging
  • Improved recyclability of substrates for returnable beverage containers
  • Increased use of recycled materials in all KDP beverage packaging and coffee machines
We look forward to working with Keurig Dr Pepper and combining our complementary expertise and resources to create an innovative and differentiated plastic-free beverage solution that meets consumer expectations for quality and convenience.

About PAPACKS®PAPACKS® is Europe’s leading manufacturer of plastic-free packaging solutions with cutting edge technologies and innovative approach. With a mission to reduce single-use plastics, PAPACKS® focuses solely on organic and renewable raw materials in their production process. Thanks to their high quality standards, the company develops sustainable packaging for the food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical/medical industries as well as non-food industrial sectors. PAPACKS® helps companies take responsibility for their packaging and decrease their negative impact on the environment, as a result they helped to avoid over 3.500.000 kg of plastic and replaced it with natural raw materials.

With its current know-how, PAPACKS® is pioneering as an innovator in the moulded fiber industry by introducing renewable raw materials, organic barrier coatings and unique solutions applicable in the Circular Economy concept. in the circular economy concept aAs a result, PAPACKS® offers a unique portfolio of products and solutions that makes the transition to sustainable packaging not only accessible, but also efficient for its partners and customers.

About Keurig Dr PepperKeurig Dr Pepper (KDP) is a leading beverage company in North America with annual sales of more than $11 billion and nearly 27.000 employees.

KDP is a leader in soft drinks, specialty coffee and tea, water, juice and juice beverages, and blenders, and markets the leading single-serve coffee brewing system in the United States and Canada. The company’s portfolio of more than 125 own, licensed and partner brands is designed to meet virtually every consumer need, every time, and includes Keurig®, Dr Pepper®, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters®, Canada Dry®, Snapple®, Bai®, Mott’s®, CORE® and The Original Donut Shop®. Through its powerful sales and distribution network, KDP is able to deliver its portfolio of hot and cold beverages to almost any consumer point of sale.

The company has made a commitment through the Drink Well. Do Good. platform to source, produce and distribute its beverages responsibly, including efforts for recyclable packaging, efficient use of natural resources and supply chain sustainability.

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Publication date: 06/04/2022

Author: Marion Kupfer

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