Vista, California-based NuZee Inc., a specialty coffee company, will begin offering a fully recyclable packaging option to its single-serve, pour-over coffee co-packing customers beginning in the second half of 2019.
This option is available following the signing of an exclusive agreement between NuZee and global packaging specialist Huhtamaki, under which NuZee will use Huhtamaki’s next generation blueloop line of recyclable flexible packaging to manufacture the pouch that holds each single-serve, pour-over drip cup.
NuZee’s single-serve, pour-over coffee packaging solution consists of a customized box and a disposable filter with pre-measured premium coffee that is sealed within a nitrogen-flushed pouch. The customized box, coffee and filter are all recyclable; however, the pouch is not because of films and coatings used to preserve the freshness of the coffee. The use of Huhtamaki’s blueloop packaging film in the manufacture of the nitrogen-flushed pouch changes that and creates a 100 percent fully recyclable, zero landfill packaging solution that maintains the high-quality and freshness of the coffee.
Huhtamaki’s new blueloop solutions are mono-material structures made from PP, PE and paper, building on the standard materials that are widely recycled and will have an economically viable use after collection.
“Sustainability has always been an important part of our corporate culture,” said Masa Higashida, NuZee’s CEO. “As we grow, we must continue to evolve and transform the principles of sustainability into practice. We believe that our agreement with Huhtamaki reflects this commitment and we are proud to offer this zero-landfill packaging option to our co-packing clients.”
NuZee’s Vista facility is the only currently operating and certified single-serve, pour-over coffee manufacturing and co-packing facility in the United States. NuZee owns the exclusive North America rights to utilize the machinery necessary to manufacture this product.
NuZee plans to open a new manufacturing hub in Plano, Texas, that should be operational later this year. In 2018, NuZee’s Vista facility received Level 2 SQF Certification. The facility is also Fair Trade, Organic, Halal and Kosher certified.
NuZee’s products are available at various retail locations across the United States, Japan and Korea, and online retailers.