Ahlstrom achieves a major breakthrough in the North American single-serve coffee market
Ahlstrom has signed a multi-year agreement to supply its fully compostable infusion material for single-serve coffee pods. The contract is a major breakthrough for Ahlstrom in the fast-growing North American market for single-serve coffee solutions at home and in office
Under the multi-year contract Ahlstrom will supply its biodegradable polylactic acid-based (PLA) product made from corn starch to Club Coffee, a Canadian roaster and packaged coffee products company. The biopolymer is combined with other natural fibers to obtain the pressure resistance properties necessary for a good quality and filtering abilities needed to block residues from passing through. Club Coffee uses the material in its award-winning PurPod100(TM) solution.
“We are very proud to partner with Club Coffee, a company known for quality and innovation in the industry,” says Omar Hoek, Executive Vice President at Ahlstrom’s Specialties business area. “This achievement has taken a lot effort and dedication from our team, and is a perfect example of how we are executing our strategic roadmap by seeking growth via new platforms with innovative products.”
Club Coffee’s PurPod100(TM) solution recently won the “Innovation in Bioplastics Award” by the Plastics Industry Trade Association in the U.S. The product offers consumers a single-serve coffee solution that breaks down fully in typical municipal and industrial composting facilities in as little as five weeks. In the U.S., single-serve retail coffee sales grew by 319% between 2011 and 2015, reaching about $4.6 billion in revenue in 2015.
Ahlstrom produces PLA-based materials, which can be also used in tea bags and other food packaging solutions, at its plant in Chirnside, the U.K.
Ahlstrom provides innovative fiber-based materials with a function in everyday life. We are committed to growing and creating stakeholder value by proving the best performing sustainable fiber-based materials. Our products are used in everyday applications such as filters, medical fabrics, life science and diagnostics, wallcoverings, tapes, and food and beverage packaging. In 2015, Ahlstrom’s net sales amounted to EUR 1.1 billion. Our 3300 employees serve customers in 22 countries.
Since 1906, Club Coffee has built a reputation for quality and innovation. It has close to 500 custom label products and more than 200 Club Coffee branded products, making it the largest roaster, contract manufacturer and distributor of packaged coffees that Canadians buy from grocery stores. Club Coffee fully meets the stringent requirements for Organic, Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade and Kosher certifications, and is a leader in developing sustainable coffee solutions.