Huhtamaki’s proprietary breakthrough high-precision technology provides Nespresso and millions of coffee lovers with compostable paper coffee capsules for home use

Global sustainable packaging solutions provider Huhtamaki entered into an exclusive partnership with Nespresso, one of the largest coffee brands, in early 2021 to innovate a sustainable home compostable paper coffee capsule. Powerful collaboration uses Lean methods for product and process development, accelerating time to market in record time. Huhtamaki’s proprietary high-precision technology can mold wood fibers into complex shapes with high-precision tolerances down to fractions of a millimeter.

Nespresso launched home compostable paper coffee capsules in France yesterday (November 21, 2022). This is a major development in circular economy innovation and a leap forward for consumers around the world.

Key details:

  • Huhtamaki’s proprietary smooth molded fiber high-precision technology converts wood pulp fibers into high-performance packaging solutions for many different consumer applications.
  • Proprietary smooth molded fiber high-precision technology is part of the company’s blueloop™ brand promise, reflecting its 2030 sustainability goals.
  • Household compostable paper Nespresso coffee capsules were first launched in Paris, France on the 21stYingshiNovember 2022. The capsules will initially be tested with consumers in France and Switzerland in spring 2023 before being rolled out more widely.
  • Paper coffee capsules are made from wood fiber, responsibly sourced from European forests. They have been independently certified by TÜV as compostable in household composting and food waste collection schemes.
  • The coffee capsules protect the quality and freshness of the coffee while providing the functionality needed to deliver the high quality coffee the brand is known for – without compromising the taste experience.

“We are delighted to have partnered with Nespresso to develop a unique home compostable paper capsule, designed for recycling. This breakthrough innovation is the result of combining fibers from natural renewable materials with our proprietary high-precision technology for Nespresso has created sustainable alternatives. The capsules will be produced under our blueloop™ brand promise, which incorporates our commitment to circular design, carbon neutral operations and responsible sourcing of materials in line with our 2030 strategy,” Huhtamaki President and CEO Charles Héaulmé.

Huhtamaki is committed to providing sustainable packaging solutions that have a positive impact on the environment. It actively works with innovative consumer brands to redesign the future of packaging. The success of this partnership demonstrates how innovation and collaboration can enable a circular economy and address climate action by achieving carbon neutrality, without forgetting other environmental and social aspects of sustainability.

We see this technology as a paradigm shift in how we use renewable wood fibers in complex food packaging. This innovation opens up new avenues when it comes to using fiber in food packaging. Huhtamaki’s high precision technology means we can capture the very clear sustainability benefits of renewable wood fiber in an extended range of packaging solutions that deliver superior functionality, ensure food safety and maintain their quality.

We see the development of this technology as a game-changer milestone for sustainable packaging – not only because of sustainability and food protection features, but also because of new use case possibilities. We believe we will be able to replace, for example, bottle caps and closures made of plastic or metal today. Other potential applications are trays or containers that require lids to seal directly onto the tray and be able to be opened/reclosed.

More information on Huhtamaki’s proprietary high precision technology can be found here: Huhtamaki Fiber Solutions – A Redesigned Future.

For more information, please contact:

Richard Ali, Vice President of Communications
Richard.ali@huhtamaki.comTel: +44 7387 261412

About Huhtamaki:
Huhtamaki is a major global supplier of sustainable packaging solutions to consumers worldwide. Our innovative products protect food and beverages on the move and on the shelf, ensuring hygiene and safety, driving accessibility and affordability, and helping to prevent food waste. We integrate sustainability into everything we do. We are committed to carbon neutral production and design all our products to be recyclable, compostable or reusable by 2030.

We are a participant of the United Nations Global Compact and EcoVadis awarded Huhtamaki a Gold Medal for Sustainability Performance. To play our part in managing climate change, we have developed science-based targets that have been approved and validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative.

With our 100-year history and strong Nordic heritage, we operate in 37 countries and 114 locations around the world. Our values, Care Dare Deliver, guide our decisions and help our team of more than 19,000 employees make a difference where it matters. Our 2021 net sales will total EUR 3.6 billion. The Huhtamaki Group is headquartered in Espoo, Finland, and our parent company, Huhtamäki Oyj, is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.To learn more about how we protect food, people and the planet, visit

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