ofi's Club Coffee wins prestigious Reuters Product Innovation Award

A sustainable packaging solution created by Club Coffee, part of ofi and one of North America’s largest coffee roasters has been recognized as a “creative, appealing, and practical solution to immediate business and societal needs” , at this year’s Reuters Responsible Business Awards.


AromaPak™ [i]  featuring Boardio® [ii]    technology uses recyclable paper-based packaging made from renewable, high-quality tree fiber from sustainably managed forests, as certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). It was developed to address high volumes of packaging waste from coffee.


Singled out as the year’s most innovative product offering at the Awards, which celebrate the latest progress in sustainable business, the judges agreed: “Club Coffee’s technology is an inspiring solution for a phenomenal problem”. It replaces multilayer bags and cans traditionally used to package coffee beans and grounds that tend to contain plastic or metal. Until now, coffee – even products marketed as sustainable or premium – have been packaged in this way, but those cans and bags can present problems for recyclers, and often end up in landfills.


Up to May 2023, the AromaPak™ packaging solution had achieved:

    ● Carbon reduction: 90% less carbon versus large steel cans.

    ● Reduced plastic: a 50% reduction in plastic vs bags and a 43% reduction vs large cans.

    ● Improved emissions footprint: 90% reduction in transport emissions vs traditional cans. AromaPak™ is incredibly light and can be shipped as flat sheets, meaning 8x fewer trailers are required compared to steel cans.


Commenting on the replicability of the solution, the judges were “most inspired by the potential impact this can have across other food categories and sectors.”

Solange Ackrill – VP Strategy & Marketing, Club Coffee (part of ofi) said:

“These efforts are part of our ambition to make all packaging either recyclable, compostable, or reusable by 2030 and contribute to ofi’s wider sustainability goals for our coffee business under Coffee LENS.”

“With an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee enjoyed every day, there are steps we can all take to help minimize waste and improve the environmental footprint of our daily caffeine hit. We are delighted to be recognized for our sustainable packaging solution that delivers both environmental benefits, convenience, and the fresh coffee that consumers expect. This has been an incredible journey and collaborative process through the entire value chain, from field to cup.”


[i] AromaPak(TM) - A registered trademark of Club Coffee L.P.
[ii] Boardio® – A registered trademark of GPI Sweden AB

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About ofi

ofi (olam food ingredients) is a new operating group born out of Olam. ofi offers sustainable, natural, value-added food products and ingredients so that consumers can enjoy the healthy and indulgent products they love. It consists of industry-leading businesses of cocoa, coffee, dairy, nuts, and spices. ofi has built a unique global value chain presence including its own farming operations, farm-gate origination, and manufacturing facilities. ofi partners with customers, leveraging its complementary and differentiated portfolio of ‘on-trend’ food products, to co-create solutions that anticipate and meet changing consumer preferences as demand increases for healthier food that’s traceable and sustainable. To subscribe to the ofi newsroom, please visit www.ofi.com/news-and-events (privacy statement here). If you do not wish to receive information from ofi please contact media@ofi.com.


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About Olam

Olam Group is a leading food and agri-business supplying food, ingredients, feed and fibre to 20,200 customers worldwide. Our value chain spans over 60 countries and includes farming, processing and distribution operations, as well as a global network of farmers. Through our purpose to ‘Re-imagine Global Agriculture and Food Systems’, Olam Group aims to address the many challenges involved in meeting the needs of a growing global population, while achieving positive impact for farming communities, our planet and all our stakeholders. Headquartered and listed in Singapore, Olam Group currently ranks among the top 30 largest primary listed companies in terms of market capitalization on SGX-ST. Since June 2020, Olam Group has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series, a global sustainable investment index series developed by FTSE Russell, following a rigorous assessment of Olam’s supply chain activities, impact on the environment and governance transparency. The FTSE4Good Index Series identifies companies that demonstrate strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices and is used by a variety of market participants to create and assess responsible investment funds. More information on Olam can be found at www.olamgroup.com. Olam is located at 7 Straits View, Marina One East Tower #20-01, Singapore 018936. Telephone: +65 63394100, Facsimile: +65 63399755. To subscribe to the Olam Newsroom please visit www.olamgroup.com and read the Privacy statement here. If you do not wish to receive information from Olam, please contact media@olamnet.com


Zoe Maddison            

Sustainability communications manager, ofi


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