At the World Beverage Innovation Awards ceremony held last week in Nuremberg, Germany, Tetra Pak (Lund, Sweden) collected not one, but two awards. The Tetra Top with Separable Top took the award for Best Carton and Tetra Pak's bio-based caps were first in the Best Closure category. These awards, which have been organized every year since 2003 by FoodBev Media for the global beverage industry, are presented annually in 26 categories.
Within the Best Carton category, the judges recognized the benefits Tetra Top with Separable Top brings to consumers: the convenience of a bottle, the environmental profile of a carton, and a contemporary look and feel. Designed to facilitate sorting and recycling, the plastic top can be easily separated from the sleeve with a press of the thumb, thanks to the pre-cut perforation on the outer layer of the cardboard.
In the Best Closure category, Tetra Pak's bio-based caps were highlighted for their innovative use of high-density polyethylene (HDPE) derived from sugar cane, instead of traditional fossil fuels. Global delivery of these renewable caps is expected to reach 1.7 billion in 2014, a 45% increase over the previous year. The success of these bio-based caps is seen as a major step toward the company's ambition of developing the industry's first fully renewable package.