C-P Flexible Packaging intros compostable lid for single-serve coffee pods

The company said it is a BPI-certified lid that works with leading brands of single-serve coffee makers.
Dan Ochwat
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C-P Flexible Packaging, a leader in compostable flexible packaging, is introducing a BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified compostable coffee pod lidding film for single-serve coffee makers.

The York, Pa.-based company said the design is patent pending and is the only BPI-certified lidding that works with new multi-prong technology found in leading single-serve brewing machines. A data dive from Store Brands into the coffee and tea area reported that the “private label single-cup coffee” brand, outsold Starbucks and Keurig Green Mountain brands in March 2020, amassing more than $1 billion in sales, according to data from IRI.

C-P’s proprietary compostable lidding allows several prongs to puncture the coffee pod without tearing, allowing multiple streams of hot water to saturate coffee grounds — extracting more aroma and flavor, per C-P Flexible Packaging.

The compostable lidding joins the C-P GreenStream portfolio of sustainable packaging solutions from the company

Euromonitor reported there are more than 12 billion beverage pods purchased in North America each year — enough pods to encircle the earth 13 times. C-P’s compostable lidding film used in tandem with compostable cups allows pods to be commercially composted, allowing fewer pods to end up in landfills. The material meets all of the requirements of the American Society for Testing and Materials test methods ASTM D6400 and ASTM 6868.

As stated by C-P Flexible Packaging CEO Mike Hoffman, “C-P is committed to being the industry leader in compostable flexible packaging as well as post-consumer recycled and recycle-ready materials. We’re investing heavily in expanding our GreenStream sustainable packaging portfolio, and our BPI-certified compostable lidding technology is just one example of this.”

Beyond compostable coffee pod lidding, C-P supplies other retail coffee packaging for retail, including compostable fractional packs, compostable mother bags and compostable pod overwraps.