Helsinki / FI. (pg) Finland’s Paulig Group will invest 25 million EUR in new packaging lines and palletization modules in its Vuosaari coffee roastery in Helsinki, Finland. The new packaging lines don’t only increase capacity and efficiency but also enable the use of recyclable material for coffee packaging. This is a major step to support Paulig’s commitment to having all packaging recyclable and made from renewable or recycled materials by 2030.
Currently, 85 percent of all Paulig’s consumer packages are recyclable. The company’s ambition is to have all the packages recyclable by 2025. To meet this goal, Paulig focuses on developing its tortilla and coffee packaging, in particular. The new investment in the Vuosaari coffee roastery is a major step forward towards the 2025 goal.
«This investment will enable us to increase efficiency, as the future packaging lines will run at higher speed than our current line. Also, it will enable the use of recyclable packaging for coffee. For Paulig’s long-term work in becoming a sustainable frontrunner, this is another big step,» states SVP, Supply Chain and Sourcing Thomas Panteli.
New opportunities and environmental benefits in a flagship facility
The investment, that will be implemented over the coming years, will renew the vacuum pack and palletizing solution in Vuosaari. The roastery will start operating with three renewed high-volume vacuum packaging lines and revise the vacuum pack palletizing solution. The first pilot cell will be installed in early 2023. The decision will also mean significant environmental benefits, such as reduced packaging and coffee waste.
The Vuosaari roastery already has an extensive track record in sustainability. In 2020, it became Paulig’s first certified carbon neutral production site and achieved a «CarbonNeutral» building certification. The roastery building emissions have been reduced by 98 percent since 2014, and the remaining emissions have been offset through carbon finance projects. The roastery is also home to a unique waste heat recovery project. Paulig produces 100 million coffee packs a year and has more than 200 end products in production at Vuosaari.