Swedish roaster Arvid Nordquist has partnered with packaging company Syntegon to reduce its CO2 emissions and fossil-based film consumption with vacuum coffee packaging technology.
We see ourselves as a conscientious contributor to society with a strong pledge to sustainable and responsible business operations,” says CEO Anders Nordquist. “This not only includes raw materials, but also production, and especially packaging.”
“We run three vacuum packaging lines for ground coffee to reduce the amount of air per pack and allow energy-efficient transportation.“
Traditional vacuum packages include multilayer composite materials with a significant amount of aluminum for easy formability. Given its sustainability goals, with support from Swiss film specialist O. KLEINER AG, Arvid Nordquist has gradually switched to a composite film without aluminum, the production of which is considered an environmental burden.
“We had to rethink the way we vacuum-pack our coffee, as traditional sealing and forming technologies can compromise the integrity of non-traditional films,” says Anders Nordquist.
New films therefore required new equipment and support from long-term partner Syntegon.
“Arvid Nordquist has been relying on the PKD vacuum packaging technology from Syntegon since the installation of their first vacuum packaging line in 1994,” says Johan Hintze, CEO of Kafeco Nordic, Syntegon’s long-term distributor in Scandinavia.
“As an experienced partner, in 2021 we readily helped the company optimize their packaging operations with an updated version of the PKD.”
The high-performance mandrel wheel packaging machine forms, fills and seals vacuum packs of ground coffee at high output rates of up to 130 packs per minute.
Arvid Nordquist‘s new packaging variants require lower sealing temperatures and shorter sealing windows to prevent the outer film layer from melting and sticking to the sealing jaws, which is what Syntegon’s adapted PKD helps avoid.
The latest model can seal at lower temperatures thanks to integrated heat protection on the sealing jaws. It can also form packaging materials more efficiently by using pre-heated tools to bypass the memory effect. Thanks to servo drives, the mandrel wheel can further accommodate a larger variety of packs, adding to overall forming and packaging flexibility.