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Sonoco’s Recyclable Daddy Sugar Cardboard Sprinkler Container Transforms Cristalco Icing Sugar with Eco-Makeover

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The popular French sugar brand has replaced its previous plastic container with a Sonoco cardboard container fitted with a PP sprinkler, making the pack fully recyclable

Hockenheim, Germany – With a goal of reducing the carbon footprint of its packaging, Cristalco re-think the design of its 500-g Daddy Sugar icing-sugar sprinkler container. Previously consisting of a polyethylene (PEHD) body completely covered by an oriented polystyrene (OPS) sleeve and a polypropylene (PP) lid, it was an obvious candidate for an eco-revamp.

After five years of work, six technical studies and multiple life-cycle analyses to define the best concept and material choices, the Cristalco is launching a new cardboard packaging from Sonoco that contains 80 per cent less plastic.

Supplied by Sonoco, the new cardboard container, with 68 per cent of recycled fibre comes with a PE film innerliner to preserve the contents and limit sugar caking by protecting it from humidity. The PP lid (produced by Rovip) has two openings, one with six small holes for sprinkling, while the other has a wider opening for pastry making.

“We’ve improved the sprinkler so that the icing sugar pours out better,” explains Julie Moréac, Head of Packaging Development and Technical Support at Cristalco. “We wanted the lid to be as eco-designed as possible, while still retaining its core functionalities. It needed to offer easy dispensing, opening and closing, and a tamper-evident seal. The lid, meanwhile, had to retain its shape and not ‘ovalize’, despite us reducing the amount of material use to form it. These posed significant challenges to overcome.”

Moréac adds: “In addition, the lid is held in the can, without glue, to prevent potential contamination and to keep the amount of materials used to a minimum. The challenge here is securing the lid securely into the cardboard body, the diameter of which can change by as much as a few tenths of a millimetre.”

An 80 per cent reduction in the use of virgin plastic

Sonoco responded to the challenge, and the end result of the project is that Cristalco has now reduced the amount of virgin plastic in its primary packaging by 80 per cent since 2019. This compares with a reduction of 64 per cent just before the Sugar Daddy switch to rigid paper containers.

The new Sonoco rigid paper containers are available on supermarket shelves, under the both the “Daddy” and “Erstein” brands, from June 2024.

Sebastien Fabre, Strategic Account Manager at Sonoco Consumer Europe, adds: “We’re always delighted to help companies reach their sustainability goals by reducing non-recyclable materials in their packaging and helping them to find an alternative solution. We’re pleased to have been part of that solution for Cristalco and look forward to working with them into the future.”

About Sonoco

With net sales of approximately $6.8 billion in 2023, the company has approximately 23,000 employees working in more than 300 operations around the world, serving some of the world’s best-known brands. With our corporate purpose of Better Packaging. Better Life., Sonoco is committed to creating sustainable products and a better world for our customers, employees, and communities. Sonoco was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies by Newsweek. For more information on the company, visit our website at

About Cristalco

France-headquartered Cristalco is a producer of premium alcohol, sugar and stevia extract grades supplied to the pharmaceutical and food industries for us as active substances or as excipients.


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