Nutpods team with SIG to introduce first US carton made from plant-based polymers
22 Jun 2018 --- Nutpods will re-release their Seasonal Edition Pumpkin Spice creamer in North America’s first aseptic carton package made with polymers linked to plant-based renewable materials. The carton is designed and supplied by SIG, a leader in aseptic packaging solutions.
Nutpods, a pioneer in the coffee creamer market, has successfully delivered a delicious, natural, and additive-free, plant-based alternative to half-and-half. As a category innovator, Nutpods has become one of the fastest growing brands in the US. By choosing SIG’s innovative SIGNATURE PACK solution, Nutpods showed its commitment to sustainability with this landmark plant-based initiative.
“We are so excited to extend our plant-based story into our new plant-based packaging. One of our five core company values is to reduce our impact on the environment wherever we can,” says Nutpods founder & CEO Madeline Haydon. “Our consumers depend on us to bring them not only the highest quality products with the best taste, but also to be stewards of our category with regard to the environment and the SIGNATURE PACK is one of the ways we can continue to lead.”
SIGNATURE PACK promotes the use of renewable raw materials to save fossil resources while making a positive impact on the environment. SIGNATURE PACK cartons are made mainly from paperboard from wood fibers and plant-based polymers through mass balancing. This means that for polymers used in the SIGNATURE PACK, an equivalent amount of bio-based feedstock went into the manufacturing of the polymers.
To ensure the integrity of this process, the mass balancing is certified through internationally recognized third-parties. Polymers of the SIGNATURE PACK carton are linked to plant-based materials from European wood sources using recognized and audited certification systems to ensure strict traceability and accountability.
The SIGNATURE PACK label will be displayed on Nutpods seasonal creamers along with the FSC label which verifies that the processed wood fibers used to produce the raw paper board come from responsibly managed, FSC-certified and other controlled sources.
Yasmin Siddiqi, SIG Marketing Head North America, says: “In Nutpods, we found a collaborator who shares our vision in creating a more sustainable future. The SIGNATURE PACK is one of the latest innovations supporting SIG’s “Way Beyond Good” initiatives. SIG is committed to offer customers the most sustainable food packaging solutions and to contribute more to society and the environment than it takes out.”
Nutpods VP of Operations, Tara Foster, who spearheaded the effort, says: “We continually look for new ways to grow our business while making less of an impact on the environment and discovered a great partner in SIG. Their product allows us to maintain our commitment to quality while consuming fewer fossil fuels– it’s a win-win.”
Nutpods is the first food brand from Green Grass Foods Inc., an independent, natural foods manufacturer based in Seattle, Washington, dedicated to introducing dairy-free products from plant-based ingredients. Introduced in 2015, Nutpods has quickly found a loyal consumer base with Whole30, paleo, keto, vegan and vegetarian consumers who appreciate a high quality, plant-based creamer in their coffee and tea, and as a versatile ingredient in sweet and savory recipes.
SIG is a leading systems and solutions provider for aseptic packaging. SIG technology and innovation capacity enables the company to provide customers with end-to-end solutions for differentiated products, smarter factories and connected packs to address the ever-changing needs of consumers. Founded 1853, SIG is headquartered in Neuhausen, Switzerland, with more than 5,000 employees in more than 65 countries. In 2017, SIG produced 33.6 billion carton packs and generated €1.66 billion (US$1.94 billion) in revenue.
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