Canadian Packaging

Coffee Bags Perk Up Eco-friendly Mindset


October 27, 2008
by Canadian Packaging Staff

Great taste and less waste—that’s what U.S. coffee-shop chain PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans has achieved with a recent switch to the new, highly decorative form-fill-seal (F/F/S ) foil bags from Sonoco.

Featuring vivid illustrations of New Orleans’ landmarks—brought to life with laser-engraved, seven-color rotogravure printing and a matte finish—the three-ply flexible bags combine polyester, foil and a polyethylene sealant in an innovative structure that is claimed to require 10 per cent less material, use 15 per cent less energy to produce, and generate 10 per cent less carbon emissions in production compared to the traditional four-ply structures, according to the Harstville, S.C.-headquartered Sonoco.

“We have devoted significant research-and-development resources to design tools to deliver sustainable solutions that don’t sacrifice performance or aesthetics,” says Angela Adams, segment manager for Sonoco’s Flexible Packaging business.

“The three-ply foil F/F/S bag for the coffee segment is one example that delivers on our commitment to customers.”

It’s a commitment that has been warmly embraced by the coffee-shop franchise network, which has adopted the new bags for all 26 of its SKUs (stock-keeping units) of whole-bean coffee.

“People come to PJ’s Coffee for perfectly-roasted coffee beans,” explains PJ’s Coffee brand leader Randy Hollingsworth. “They find it important to know that they can enjoy their favorite coffee, in a beautiful package, and help the environment at the same time.”

“In this case, we’re fortunate to have a more beautiful package is also affordable and more sustainable in terms of weight, shipping and disposal.”