Amcor to launch first all-PE spouted pouch

The first-to-market solution provides a more sustainable package without compromise on performance.

Amcor has partnered with yogurt maker Stonyfield Organic and Cheer Pack North America to launch the first all-polyethylene (PE) spouted pouch, a first-to-market packaging that provides a more sustainable option without compromise on performance.

The new innovative pouch replaces Stonyfield Organic’s prior multi-laminate structure with a more responsible pouch design for its YoBaby refrigerated yogurt.

The packaging uses Amcor’s AmPrima Plus, an all-PE film that is designed to meet the APR Design Guide for recyclability, and Cheer Pack North America’s Vizi cap.

The package removes the metallized or foil-based film layers commonly found in standard pouch structures, while still providing heat resistance to allow for spout insertion.

With the inclusion of the Cheer Pack North America Vizi cap, the amount of plastic used is reduced by over five tons per 10mm caps.

Amcor research and development worked closely with Cheer Pack North America’s pouching and spouting experts for validation of the AmPrima Plus structure in production environments.

This collaboration resulted in a package with premium graphic production, high moisture and oxygen barrier to preserve the content, and highly durable hermetic seals along the pack edges and around opening fitments for optimal performance under abusive conditions.

Additionally, the package meets standard line speeds for converting at Cheer Pack North America and filling lines at Stonyfield Organic.

‘This custom-engineered solution is the result of a long-standing relationship between Amcor, Stonyfield Organic and Cheer Pack North America. We are proud to collaborate with cross-channel partners in the development of this highly innovative solution that helps Stonyfield reach its sustainability goals,’ commented Tom Schell, senior director of research and development at Amcor Flexibles North America.

Al Madonna, vice president of marketing for Cheer Pack North America, added: ‘We’re thrilled to collaborate with Stonyfield Organic and Amcor on the YoBaby all-PE recycle-ready spouted pouch featuring AmPrima Plus with Vizi cap, a pioneering step in sustainable spouted pouch and cap packaging that exemplifies our shared commitment to a greener world.’

Sophie Schmitt, director of marketing for Stonyfield, said: ‘Stonyfield has been an environmental pioneer since the day we were founded as an organic farming school in 1983. Over the last four decades we’ve been leaders in sustainability, and we take our commitments seriously. We’re thrilled to collaborate with Amcor and Cheer Pack North America on a sustainable pouch solution to help achieve our long-term packaging goals and make steps toward protecting the planet for generations to come.’