CROWN Aerosols & Speciality Packaging Europe, a business unit of Crown Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CCK) and Nestlé Professional have come together to create a new packing format for the NESCAFÉ® range of coffee brands in the UK professional market.
With a desire to deliver market leading innovation across the NESCAFÉ® Original, NESCAFÉ® Gold Blend and NESCAFÉ® Azera brands, the commercial giant approached Crown knowing its in-house R&D team could meet the demands of the brief for a new packaging shape to replace the current round composite containers.
The new container, refined and manufactured by Crown, is developed in three sizes - 500g, 750g and 1kg – and is comprised of three parts:
- A three-piece tin with a rounded, rectangular shape
- A resealable hinged-lid plastic cap, developed by AptarGroup, Inc., which uses “Click to Close” technology to keep contents fresh and lock-in flavor
- Crown’s PeelSeam™ peelable end, which consists of a thin, flexible aluminum foil lid which is heat sealed to a rigid steel ring. Offering quick and easy removal, consumers need simply to grasp the small tab on the lid to open the package with a simple, fluid gesture
Consumer research, carried out by Nestlé, produced some of the most positive results seen by the company for any packaging format, which is testament to the collaboration between the two companies. Consumers were impressed with the premium feel of the metal packaging, the functionality of shape and the resealable hinged lid that further protects the product within.
Crown’s team of designers and engineers worked in partnership with Nestlé, from initial concept to final completion, to develop the container and to improve on the brand’s existing packaging style – a composite, cylindrical shaped tin with a plastic overcap. The resulting shape is a more ergonomic and user-friendly format, allowing consumers to easily hold the container in one hand for greater convenience and ease-of-use. Metal also lends itself to a crisper, more premium finish in terms of decoration, making it ideally suited for the high quality graphics on Nestlé packaging.
The tins are produced by Crown’s Mansfield (UK) plant, which has been equipped with new production capabilities to accommodate specifications for the coffee containers.
“Once again metal has presented itself as the go-to material for a world-leading brand,” said Véronique Curulla, Marketing Director, CROWN Aerosols & Speciality Packaging Europe. “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved with Nestlé - the new tins represent a truly collaborative effort between Crown’s European teams and Nestlé’s own creative group. The feedback received from consumer research speaks for itself and demonstrates that working in close partnership with our customers can deliver outstanding results.”
Metal packaging provides a powerful barrier against both light and oxygen and is infinitely recyclable – with no loss of performance or integrity. Nearly 75% of all metal packaging is recycled today, which represents over 2.7 million tons of food and beverage cans and other steel containers being recycled, saving over 4 million tons of CO2. Once metal enters the material-to-material loop, it will always be available for future generations.
Crown’s environmental commitment is a fundamental part of its business philosophy and that is why the company is a key ambassador of Metal Recycles Forever™, an industry initiative spearheaded by Metal Packaging Europe to raise the profile of the sustainability and recyclability of metal packaging as a whole, not just to brand owners, but to consumers as well.
The new Nestlé tins will be available in the UK professional market from April 2016.