A Yorkshire-based company that has spent the last few years developing cutting-edge bubble technology is helping beverage manufacturers and brands around the world significantly reduce their carbon footprint and approach net zero emissions targets.
Experts in global business CO2Maintain works closely with many UK and foreign companies to stay on track when it comes to achieving their environmental goals despite rising costs.
From its manufacturing base in Leeds, CO2Sustain’s team of technological innovations chemists have pioneered the preservative-free carbon dioxide CO2Maintain®.
Adding the solution-based ingredient to the drink gives manufacturers and brands the opportunity to retain and prolong the carbonation, giving soft drinks that last longer.
Crucially, it also proactively facilitates the “lightweight” process, a technology that aims to drastically reduce plastic consumption in the beverage industry. This is a feature that has become much more relevant, especially in the UK where a new tax on plastic packaging has just been introduced.
The new legislation states that all plastic packaging components manufactured or imported into the UK are required to pay a material fee if they do not meet a minimum recycled content of 30% by weight.
Many manufacturers were not fully prepared for the introduction of the tax when it was introduced on April 1, and a recent survey conducted by the FPA (Foodservice Packaging Association) showed that 80% of its members were not ready to meet the criteria at the time of introduction.
In addition to retaining the carbon dioxide, CO adds2Maintain®. during the production stage can make a significant difference to the carbon footprint, reduce plastic use and limit water consumption through the various benefits it offers.
Jonathan Stott, Head of CO2Sustain, said: “Ensuring a sustainable future has never been more important, especially in the beverage industry where millions of disposable plastic bottles are produced and a significant amount of energy is used to do so. However, this is not as easy as it sounds as it has become more difficult and expensive. due to the introduction of the plastic packaging tax in combination with the lack and cost of carbon dioxide plus astronomical increases in raw materials, production, labor, equipment, energy and transport costs.
“Our product offers a sustainable solution to many environmental challenges and has been developed specifically to ensure that beverages remain carbonated longer, which means that less carbon dioxide is required in the first place and less is wasted. Present a solution that involves less CO2 required by each individual company, provides good news for both the beverage industry and the environment. ”
Because the plastic is porous, gas leakage from plastic bottles is inevitable over time, and the maximum carbon dioxide storage time for polyethylene terephthalate (PET) packaged beverages is sometimes as low as 10 weeks. The problem has triggered increasing pressure on bottling manufacturers and beverage brands to reduce plastic use and their environmental impact. Manufacturers and bottlers are further encouraged to cut back on plastic as they benefit from significant cost savings by using cheaper and more expensive raw materials.
But the thinner the plastic bottle, the more porous it becomes and the faster the carbonated drink loses its noise. This problem is exacerbated when producing and distributing in hot climates, where the demand for refreshing beverages is highest, as elevated temperatures exacerbate carbon dioxide loss. So despite saving money and resources in an area by reducing plastic use, new barriers to carbon dioxide durability are presented shorter and waste is likely to increase.
Added Jonathan: “Light weighting is good news for beverage companies and for the planet, but for beverage manufacturers this creates a similar problem as using recycled plastic because the integrity of the PET walls in bottles is compromised and reduces the durability of carbon dioxide. This has the undesirable effect that it discourages manufacturers from doing so.
“This is where the addition of our carbon dioxide aid CO2 Sustain® during production makes a meaningful difference. Beverage companies are free to produce beverages that use less plastic while maintaining the carbon dioxide maintenance standard. Without affecting taste or appearance, our innovative silicone-free processing aid has the potential to contribute to massive waste reductions, which is good news in the global fight against plastic pollution. “
CO2Maintain® currently operates with beverage brands and manufacturers on four continents and operates in 25 countries in Europe, the United States and Latin America, India, Africa and the Middle East. Exports are growing by more than 300 percent annually. In 2020, the value of the British soft drink sector was estimated to be worth over £ 13.6 billion.
Jonathan concluded: “CO2Maintain® was developed specifically to support the beverage industry and improve the consumer experience, but this does not just end with taste and mouthfeel. We want to support sustainability, innovation and in this long and very challenging economic climate provide beverage brands with the little extra to find the best planet-friendly environmental solutions that work for them. ”