INNOVATION, COMMITMENT & OPTIMISM IN OUR NEW CONTAINER

January 27, 2022
Innovation, Commitment & Optimism In Our New Container

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Buencafé brings not only the best coffee, but also good news.

Based on our values and commitment to the environment, we have worked on alternatives that provide our products with sustainable characteristics, recognizing the importance of nature and developing new sustainable consumption ways.

With optimism, we present our new tinplate containers (tin cans), made from steel, the world’s most recycled material. The World Steel Association reports that about 630 million tons are recovered annually, a figure that translates into recycling over 15 tons of steel per second, according to the Spanish company Monvaga, who are experts in metal structures.

According to data from Euromonitor International (2020), use of cans for coffee has increased over the last few years worldwide, primarily in regions such as the Middle East, at an 11.8% Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR); Asia-Pacific, at a 9.3% CAGR, and Latin America, at a 3.2% CAGR.

Between 2021 and 2024, growth of tin cans for soluble coffee is projected to almost double that of soluble coffee worldwide.

Similarly, the regions where this type of container for instant coffee is expected to grow the most from 2021 to 2024 will be the Middle East and Africa, at a 12% CAGR, followed by Asia-Pacific by 8.6%, Latin America by almost 3%, and Eastern Europe by 2.8%. Tin can is becoming established as one of the containers preferred for premium products, including coffee.

Characteristics of tinplate

Tinplate is a waterproof material composed of a steel sheet covered on both sides with tin, making the product more useful and unalterable.

Advantages of tin cans

* Resistance and durability

One of the most important advantages of tin can is resistance. Compared to other containers, it resists high compression, staying in good condition during long periods of time without affecting coffee.

* Design

The container has a premium appearance. Its shape and finishes allow for customizable designs that can work for innovations of your brand, special seasons or in-and-outs.

* Portability and safety

As an airtight, light container, it can be carried easily. It’s perfect for international transportation because of its reduced weight, and very useful for e-commerce compared to glass containers. It doesn’t break and prevents product waste. Tinplate protects from germs, air and oxygen, helping keep coffee in perfect condition during shipping and preserving the unique aroma of Buencafé coffee.

Circular economy

Circular economy seeks to imitate nature and close the cycle of matter, privileging the use of biodegradable materials that can return to nature or recyclables that do not cause environmental damages at the end of their lifecycle.

Biodegradable: Tinplate is one of the eco-friendliest materials, as steel breaks down into nontoxic materials that oxidize in the presence of water or air, returning to earth as iron ore and disappearing in a few years (Asenvases, 2018).

Recyclable

Tinplate containers can be recycled indefinitely, thus consuming less energy and raw materials and lowering CO2 emissions, according to documents published by the Board of Metallic Containers (Mesa de Envases Metálicos, 2019).

According to The Food Tech, steel packaging leads the ranking of recycled materials (69%), followed closely by glass (62%) and, quite behind, cardboard and plastics (32% and 20%, respectively).

Ecoacero (2021) says that each ton of steel recycled saves over 1.5 times its own weight in CO2 emissions and more than double its weight in raw materials, requiring 70% less energy than producing steel from virgin sources.

Tin cans join our packaging portfolio as part of our innovation commitment to our customers and care of our planet.

The world aims for a sustainable future and the coffee market is no exception: the world’s largest coffee brands have been launched and entered different markets with tin cans not only for roasted coffee but also for soluble coffee references.

Buencafé joins the growing trend of tin cans to offer innovations to our customers and keep up with consumers’ growing environmental awareness all around the world.

For further information, contact one of our sales representatives here.

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Asenvases. What is tinplate? (In Spanish.) Asenvases webpage: https://asenvases.com/web/2018/02/23/que-es-la-hojalata/#:~:text=Este%20material%20es%20reusable%20y,un%20nuevo%20envase%20de%20hojalata

World Steel Association. Steel is at the core of a green economy. (2021). Webpage: https://www.worldsteel.org/about-steel/steel-industry-facts/steel-core-green-economy.html

Desjardin metalaging. Eric Stefan Kandelin Koons on Sep 27, 2018. How aluminum and tinplate are better than plastic packaging. (In Spanish.) Desjardin metalaging webpage: https://www.desjardin.fr/es/blog/how-aluminium-and-tinplate-are-better-than-plastic-packages

Ecoacero. Recycling statistics. (In Spanish.) Web: https://ecoacero.com/informes/las-cifras-del-reciclado/

Industria metalgráfica valenciana s.as. (August 31). Advantages of tinplate packaging. (In Spanish.) Webpage: https://imvsa.com/ventajas-de-los-envases-de-hojalata/

Mesa de Envases Metálicos de Chile web. (2019). Tinplate as a packaging material, an opportunity to protect the environment. (In Spanish.) Webpage: https://envases-metalicos.com/index.php/2019/09/26/la-hojalata-como-material-de-empaque-una-oportunidad-para-proteger-el-medio-ambiente/

INSIDE PACKAGING. How could the Biden administration change the US aluminum industry? (2021). INSIDE PACKAGING web:

https://inside-packaging.nridigital.com/packaging_may21/biden_us_aluminium

Metalpack de Colombia s.a.s web. (2020). Advantages of tinplate containers. (In Spanish.) Metalpack webpage: https://metalpackdecolombia.info/ventajas-de-los-envases-de-hojalata/#:~:text=Los%20envases%20de%20hojalata%20son,propiedades%2C%20adem%C3%A1s%2C%20es%20un%20producto

Mundolatas.com. Surface treatment of tinplate. (In Spanish.) Mundolatas webpage:

https://mundolatas.com/tratamiento-superficial-de-la-hojalata/

Scielo. Tinplate: Evaluation of its Corrosion Behavior in Aqueous Media. (2010). (In Spanish.) Scielo webpage: https://scielo.conicyt.cl/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0718-07642010000300017

Sostenibilidad.com. Sustainability for all. Sustainable development. What does the circular economy consist of? (In Spanish.) Sostenibilidad webpage:

https://www.sostenibilidad.com/desarrollo-sostenible/en-que-consiste-la-economia-circular/#:~:text=El%20 paradigma%20del%20actual%20modelo,planeta%20a%20una%20situaci%C3%B3n%20insostenible.

The Food Tech. Recyclable tinplate containers (2009). (In Spanish.) Webpage: https://thefoodtech.com/maquinaria-para-envasado-y-procesamiento/envases-de-hojalata-reciclables/

Euromonitor.com. Coffee consumption trends. (In Spanish.) Euromonitor webpage:

https://go.euromonitor.com/rs/805-KOK-719/images/Euromonitor_CAMCAFE_Tendencias%20de%20consumo%20de%20caf%C3%A9.pdf?mkt_tok=ODA1LUtPSy03MTkAAAF8RxPIO3m91lyBuxkRLNT4zAMbLp6B2wEivzJ7vk-6D1SwqKfVk6-yr07wS_xWM1_ML9mU6EpTQcJGhiqFBpyxqAfCEA8p8tJI9rqdHdk60qFqLeM

Monvaga.com. Steel is the most recycled material in the world. (In Spanish.) Monvaga web:

http://monvaga.com/steel-facts/sabias-que-el-acero-es-el-material-mas-reciclado-del-mundo#:~:text=El%20acero%20es%20el%20material%20m%C3%A1s%20reciclado%20del%20mundo,-Steel%20Facts

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The commitment today is consolidating sustainability in each and every initiative we propose, tackling the creation of sustainable value in the three essential pillars: economic, social and environmental.

“Living optimism as a transformative force to create sustainable value in the world of coffee” is the highest goal that guides our daily actions. Is the center of our culture, our decisions, our strategy, our style, our conversations and relationships. Is how we  inspire others and multiply the impact of everything we do.

I invite you to learn about our sustainability path.