The new packaging solution offers improved hygiene because the can tops are shielded, as well as cans are simple to remove and finger holes for convenient handling
Graphic Packaging International has introduced its KeelClip packaging solution in the US with the installation of a KeelClip 1600 multi-packing machine at Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages’ production facility in Elmsford, New York.
The machine, the first to be deployed in the US after a successful expansion throughout Europe, is a sustainable can multipack packaging system.
The new solution leverages fibre-based packaging for can multipacks, avoiding the need for plastic rings and shrink wrap.
It offers improved hygiene because the can tops are shielded, as well as cans are simple to remove and finger holes for convenient handling.
Additionally, the beverage cans can be positioned during the production process for the best brand visibility.
According to the firm, the KeelClip technology has been utilised with more than 550 million packs worldwide and has prevented the usage of almost three million pounds of plastic in 2021.
Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, the regional Coca-Cola bottler for Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York markets in the northeastern US, is using the KeelClip technology to increase sustainability throughout its full distribution footprint.
The KeelClip 1600 equipment will enable the successful delivery of fibre-based packaging solutions to markets in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware.
This switch will eliminate 75,000 pounds of plastic packaging per annum from the supply chain for about 3.1 million cases, said the packaging company.
Graphic Packaging commercial operations & beverage packaging vice president Bret Arnone said: “We are delighted to partner with Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages as we continue to roll out KeelClip technology around the world.
“This technology has seen incredible success wherever it has been used, winning 10 industry awards and becoming the gold standard for can multipacks in over 20 countries.
“Most importantly, it’s proven to help our commercial partners reduce their reliance on plastics for a more sustainable future.”