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Coca Cola in Europe takes its paper bottle prototype to trial in Hungary

Published: 11/02/2021

2000 consumers will soon receive Coca‑Cola’s first ever drink in a paper bottle prototype, set to be tested in the market for the first time this summer. The innovative new packaging format will be trialled in Hungary with Coca‑Cola’s plant-based drink, AdeZ.

Coca-Cola has set ambitious goals related to packaging as part of its strategy and vision for a World Without Waste and aims to collect a bottle or can that it sells by 2030, with 100% recyclability and zero waste. As part of this, it is exploring innovative new packaging solutions that can help contribute to a sustainable and circular economy for all packaging materials. Coca-Cola has committed to collect a bottle or can for every one that it sells by 2030, with 100% recyclability and zero waste.

The new paper bottle prototype is being developed as part of a partnership between scientists at Coca‑Cola’s Brussels Research and Development laboratories and The Paper Bottle Company (Paboco), a Danish startup supported by ALPLA and BillerudKorsnäs, in cooperation with Carlsberg, L’Oréal and The Absolut Company.

The technology developed by Paboco is designed to create 100% recyclable bottles made of sustainably sourced wood with a bio-based material barrier suitable for liquid goods such as carbonated and still drinks, beauty products and more.  The current prototype consists of a paper shell with a recyclable plastic lining and cap.

Ultimately, the goal and objective of the project is to develop a bottle without the plastic liner that can be recycled as paper and the Company is excited about the potential for the technology and the opportunity to learn from this trial. 

The trial of the paper bottle prototype is scheduled to take place in Hungary in the second quarter of 2021. 2000 bottles of 250ml AdeZ will be offered to consumers by one of Hungary’s fastest growing online grocery retailers, kifli.hu.

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