Italy's Flo Introduces Gea Compostable Coffee Capsules

Posted On: 5/22/2018

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PARMA, Italy -- Flo, a European food packaging producer, is introducing Gea, an industrially compostable coffee capsule. It's created in partnership with Minnetonka, MN-based NatureWorks, a producer of functional biopolymers.

Flo's Gea capsule is the result of a two-year joint development process that created a compostable capsule aimed to deliver on the high-performance requirements of the most demanding roasters.

Gea is entirely composed of Ingeo PLA, which is a renewably sourced polymer that is certified for industrial composting systems according to global. The new capsule technology platform is fully approved for food contact and is now in final testing by TÜV Austria and the Italian Composting and Biogas Association (CIC) for compostability certification.

Gea bioplastic capsules also are described as providing an excellent barrier to oxygen, which protects the taste and aroma of the packaged coffee for an extended life.

Compared to compostable capsules currently on the market, the new Gea capsules address market requests for material ageing stability in an industrially compostable format, according to Flo.

"Gea represents a new generation of capsules, designed to meet the needs of coffee roasters and coffee lovers, but also to address environmental issues related to the management of waste," says Erika Simonazzi, marketing director of Flo. "As food packaging producers, we are very careful to study the right materials for their use, based on environmental requirements and the dictates of the new rules of the circular economy."

Initially targeting the demanding requirements of high pressure, single-serve coffee systems, Flo said the Gea capsules have successfully passed the industrialization and filling tests  of its major partner coffee roasters and will be available on the market starting in October.