A flexible pack that enables a single serving of high quality coffee to be obtained in just four minutes, but without mess and inconvenience, took one of the record 13 Gold stars awarded in this year’s UK Institute of Packaging Starpack awards. The pack was designed by Molins ITC Machines and filled by Finlay Beverages for Sainburys.

Every coffee bag is individually wrapped to prevent the coffee becoming stale and the judges were impressed by “the minimum of materials used”. The nitrogen gas flushed outer sachet, providing a claimed nine month shelf life, is a foil laminate of reverse gravure printed 12 micron PET, 8 micron aluminium and 75 micron LLDPE. Inside, a patented card tag is heat sealed to the top of the double-chamber infusion filter of 16g/m2 cellulose with PP heatseal layer. The tags can be squeezed at each end to allow hot water to be poured directly onto the coffee below and to hold the coffee bag securely against the cup. The 255g/m2 (0.45mm) low wicking card, with a 20g/m2 PP heatseal tag also provides space for branding.

Described as the “biggest night ever for UK Packaging” by ITV sports presenter Jonathan Gould, who compered the event, Starpack Awards saw hundreds of packaging people celebrate in London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel on June 26.


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