Thun, Switzerland – Hoffmann Neopac, a global provider of high-quality packaging for infant-food, nutritional and well-being products, has won two prestigious Can of the Year awards from prominent trade publication The Canmaker.
Shared with partner thyssenkrupp Rasselstein, Hoffmann Neopac’s two-category win was for the same solution: The world’s first tinplate can be made from CO2-reduced bluemint Steel. Currently in use by global lozenge giant Ricola, the tin took Gold in the Sustainability category, and also won the coveted Delegates’ Choice Award.
thyssenkrupp Rasselstein supplies the CO2-reduced tinplate for the CO2-reduced bluemint Steel can, which Hoffmann Neopac then manufactures and prints using solar power. Ricola relies on energy from renewable sources in its own production facilities, further improving overall eco-friendliness. The Canmaker awards the prize to holistic innovations in the field of tinplate packaging.
“We are very proud to have won this prestigious packaging award for our ambitious project,” says Christoph Peternell, managing director of Hoffmann Neopac’s Tins Business. “Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do. We produce our cans in Switzerland using 100 percent renewable electricity while working on our own decarbonization program. I am grateful that our team was able to bring this game-changing can to market expediently and successfully.”
Cooperation for more climate protection
Ricola launched the first can in March in Italy. To realize the joint project, the three companies, for whom sustainability and resource conservation are key corporate strategy elements, closely collaborated.
“We are delighted that our collaborative innovation has received this recognition,” said Peter Biele, CEO of thyssenkrupp Rasselstein GmbH. “Using tinplate made from bluemint Steel can save up to 69 percent CO2. This can is, therefore, an important step toward climate protection – and fully in line with our ambitious sustainability strategy.”
“It was important for us to make the packaging of our cough drops more sustainable. That’s why we were the first company in our market to use CO2-reduced food cans,” adds Dr. Martin Messerli, Chief Operating Officer of Ricola.
At the award ceremony in Prague, The Canmaker magazine presented the award to Dr. Peter Biele from thyssenkrupp Rasselstein.