ITALY – CCL Industries, a world leader in specialty labels has signed a binding agreement today to acquire Pouch Partners s.r.l. Italy (“Pouch Partners”) from Pouch Partners AG Switzerland, owned by Capri-Sun Group.
Pouch Partners has been operating as a family-owned business for the last 50 years and has been part of the Capri Sun Group since October 2017.
Guenther Birkner, President of CCL Label Food & Beverage said: “Pouches are a packaging format we’ve looked at for a long time as an adjacency to our label and sleeve decorating technologies with a similar modus operandi.
“Our common customers see them as an interesting alternative to rigid containers with labels. Pouch Partners has highly focused, deep know-how for these materials, and a solid foundation to enter this market.
If our investment is successful in Europe, there could be interest to develop the product line globally, alongside our decorative label portfolio.”
For several years there has been a lot of development and innovation in the packaging market to make packaging more reusable and recyclable to support a circular economy.
One major trend has been to provide a refillable solution for the parent packaging. Typically, the parent packaging is a more premium bottle or container and the pouches provide the refill option.
The new business will then trade as CCL Specialty Pouches and become an integral part of CCL Label’s Food & Beverage division.
Reinhard Streit, Vice President & Managing Director of Food &Beverage Europe added: “There are opportunities to utilize this technology in the Food & Beverage and the Home & Personal Care spaces and interesting potential to design new, sustainable, barrier films at our sister company Innovia Films who are experts in material science and develop the packaging materials of the future.
“We see many of our global brand customers turn to alternative packaging solutions to substitute packaging that has a high carbon footprint, pouches provide a lightweight solution.”
Pouches, made from flexible materials, are designed to minimize the use of packaging materials.
They are very light and reduce the ecological footprint during transportation and storage. They have an outstanding packaging-to-product ratio compared to rigid packaging types and the shape and the format can be adjusted to exactly fit the product volume resulting in material savings.
CCL is working with its sustainability partners along the whole value chain with organizations like CELAB, Plastic Recycler’s Europe and RecyClass to make sure the pouches can and will be recycled.
Geoffrey T. Martin, president and chief executive officer of CCL Industries, concluded: “There are also opportunities to sell this technology in the home and personal care space, and interesting potential to design new, sustainable, barrier films at Innovia.
“If our investment is successful in Europe, there could be interest to develop the product line globally, alongside our decorative label portfolio.”
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