Amcor has expanded the reach of its packaging designed for recycling with the introduction of a high barrier plastic bag for chocolate powder in Colombia. The company says the 25-gram sachet, launched in May 2021, is the first of its kind in Latin America.
When recycled, the sachet reduces the carbon footprint by 53% and water consumption by 84% compared to the packaging it replaces. In addition to its durability attributes, the high barrier packaging protects the powdered chocolate against ambient humidity.
“The new pouch is designed to be recycled in accordance with industry standards, ”said Fabio Gonzalez, R&D director at Amcor Colombia, in a prepared statement. “This development reflects Amcor’s unique R&D capabilities to create innovative new packaging solutions that meet high standards of shelf life, sustainability criteria and visual appeal. It also reaffirms our commitment to ensure that all of our packaging is designed to be recyclable or reusable by 2025. ”
Similar but larger packages for powdered chocolate – and other dry foods that require a sturdy moisture barrier – are expected to launch after the pouch rolls out, appearing on store shelves later this year.
The pouch is the latest in a series of packaging projects designed for recycling and other sustainable packaging projects on which Amcor has worked with leading food and beverage manufacturers. In Chile, Amcor recently launched packaging designed for recycling for dry soups and sachet packaging to replace condensed milk.
In the Netherlands, the company launched what it describes as the first autoclave bag designed to be recycled for wet pet food. And in Australia, for food products, it launched the first flexible packaging made from recycled content.