Flo, based in Fontanellato (Parma – Italy), founded in 1973, is a major European food packaging producer serving the retail, vending, hotel, restaurant, and café sectors. Flo in collaboration with NatureWorks has developed Gea, an industrially compostable coffee capsule, the first in the world that combines compostability, oxygen barrier, and an improved taste and aroma experience for the consumer.
NatureWorks is a leading company producing functional biopolymers. Flo’s Gea capsule, the result of a two-year joint development process, aimed to deliver the high-performance requirements of the most demanding roasters. NatureWorks’ portfolio serves the packaging, polymers, fibers, and chemicals markets.
Erika Simonazzi, marketing director of Flo, said, “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. 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.”
Completely composed of Ingeo PLA, Gea is a renewably sourced polymer certified for industrial composting systems conforming to global standards such as EN-13432 (EU) and ASTM D6400-04 (USA). Approved for food contact, the new capsule technology platform is under final testing by TÜV Austria and the Italian Composting and Biogas Association (CIC) for compostability certification.
Steve Davies, commercial director, NatureWorks Performance Packaging, commented, “A fully compostable capsule provides an elegant and simple system for delivering the valuable used coffee grounds to industrial compost. Thanks to the collaboration with Flo and their unique capability and dedication to developing improved packaging technologies, we are proud to support the commercialization of the first compostable coffee capsule made from 100% Ingeo. The results demonstrate that delivering a superior taste and brewing experience to the consumer does not have to sacrifice sustainability.”