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For decades the solution for degassing freshly roasted coffee has been to apply hard valves that allow CO2
to escape the pack, which added parts, machinery, complexity and ultimately costs to the coffee packing process. Vento™
changes that. It is the only coffee packaging system delivered to roasters with the degassing system already applied. It’s ready to run on their filling machines. No extra steps and no additional equipment are needed.
Vento™ Proven with Pilot Customers
To ensure Vento™ could deliver on the promise of ease and simplicity, Amcor tested it with six pilot customers. The customers analysed how well the material ran, and how well it protected their coffee’s freshness using shelf-life tests.
“We agreed to participate in the pilot because the idea of eliminating hard valves was very appealing. The process of applying hard valves always created some difficulty in production, so Vento™ came at just the right time,” says Søren Sylvest, co-owner of Copenhagen Roaster, a leading Danish coffee producer. “The pilot ran smoothly and the performance of the system is impressive; it does the job perfectly. We also loved that it allowed us to move our venting system to the back of the pack.”
Some of the biggest benefits pilot customers saw from switching to Vento™ were reduced downtime and less production waste. Based on data gathered during the pilots, roasters running three shifts on one machine could save on average 280 hours of downtime and up to 10% cost savings annually thanks to increased production efficiency, depending on machine model and the type of hard valve being replaced.
Following the successful pilots, coffee packs using the Vento™ system are already sold in stores around Europe.
A Fresh Cup of Coffee
Simplifying the packaging process brings obvious advantages to coffee producers, but ultimately it is the freshness of their product that matters most.
A high barrier coating on the Vento™ system prevents oxygen from entering the pack. As coffee starts to degas, the pressure inside the pack pushes a small venting layer open and CO2 flows out. As soon as degassing is complete, the venting layer returns to its original position, preventing oxygen from entering and keeping the coffee fresh.
In addition to freshness and process efficiency, Vento offers sustainability advantages. It is up to 87% lighter weight than hard valves and allows energy savings by eliminating the need to power an applicator machine. This results up to 8% reduction in overall carbon footprint for a 250 gram pack.
Vento™ can be integrated on any of Amcor’s typical triplex laminates for coffee soft packs, and adapted to customers’ specifications.
For more information about Vento™ and to see a video of how it works go to: www.amcor.com/vento
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