First-of-its-kind Recyclable Retort Pouch for Pet Food

Recyclable Retort Pouch for Pet Food

Amcor and Nestlé jointly made a recyclable packaging that will improve consumer packaging’s environmental footprint up to 60%, beginning with wet cat food.

AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable Pouch

Amcor, a worldwide leader in flexible packaging, in collaboration with Nestlé, introduced the world’s first recyclable flexible retort pouch. Using Amcor’s AmLite HeatFlex Recyclable pouch solution, the new high barrier properties pouch will first appear in the Netherlands’ stores in October 2020.
Amcor and Nestlé partnered to succeed one of the most considerable challenges confronting the industry – the inability to recycle retort flexible packaging. And also have completed a technical breakthrough that emphasizes both companies’ long-term commitment to more sustainable packaging solutions. 

Development of Pouch

During the packaging material development process, the partners collaborated, testing the retort pouch for heat resistance, machine performance, shelf-life, and recyclability as an actual process.
“Both the companies, Amcor and Nestlé, together have been able to generate a unique solution that for years was thought impossible,” says Michael Zacka, President of Amcor. “The properties of retort pouch such as high-barrier, high-heat resistant, packaging can be efficiently recycled as per the guidelines in several European countries.”

Reduce the carbon footprint

Flexible retort pouch packaging is a modern alternative to metal cans. It can improve hundreds of consumer products’ carbon footprint thanks to its lightweight, resource efficiency, ease of transportation, and minimizing food waste. Adding recyclability to its list of properties will further improve this packaging solution’s environmental profile, which has decreased the carbon footprint of up to 60%.

CEFLEX Consortium

The new retort pouch matches the packaging rules and guidelines for a circular economy newly published by the CEFLEX Consortium. Project Coordinator and Workstream Consultant for CEFLEX, Graham Houlder, says, “This is a great illustration of how – through innovation – partnerships can solve even the biggest hurdles to recyclability. Recyclable retort packaging is an innovative advance and will have a huge impact on pet food and beyond.”
The breakthrough innovation of flexible packaging underscores Amcor’s unique capabilities and long-term dedication to sustainable packaging solutions. The company is on the path to fulfilling its pledge to develop its packaging to be recyclable or reusable by 2025.

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