Industry News

Amcor Capsules and Moët Chandon use aluminium and paper to create plastic-free foil

by | Jun 6, 2024

Amcor Capsules is a well-known market leader, who specialises in designing and manufacturing capsules, closures and eco-responsible foils. These foils are dedicated to use on wines, sparkling wines and spirits and now the company will soon be launching ESSENTIELLE, which is a plastic-free foil that has been created out of aluminium paper. This launch will be occurring in October 2024.

LVMH’s company, Moët & Chandon, has over 280 years of history and this company manages the biggest vineyard in Champagne. This vineyard is comprised of nearly 1,300 hectares worth of vines. Now that the company has established a steady and stable business, their next step is to continue moving towards more sustainable packaging solutions. This goal is where their partnership with Amcor Capsules comes in. Together the companies will work to develop and launch their innovative plastic-free foil.

One of the biggest reasons why this partnership is so important and beneficial to both companies, is because Amcor Capsules guarantees that its customers bottling and packaging process, alongside its productivity, remains unchanged. These priorities are incredibly important to Moët & Chandon, particularly because as they are the biggest producers of Champagne and they have production lines which are capable of handling over 12,000 bottles every hour, productivity is incredibly important.

The foil that has been created by the companies is called ESSENTIELLE foil and it is manufactured through a process which involves the use of a material which has a lower carbon impact in comparison to other solutions which are created out of plastic. The foil is made in Europe and it has already been made clear that through replacing plastic with paper, it can be seen that the carbon footprint of this product is 31% lower compared to standard polylaminate foils. On top of this, the new foil contains around 60% aluminium, which is a recyclable material that constantly remains unchanged and unaltered. Alongside its recyclability being attested by the TREE assessment tool by CITEO when it is put together with glass recycling in France, aluminium also maintains the product’s aesthetic properties. Another benefit of this material, is that it is able to be fitted perfectly to the bottle and it can also be customised according to the current requirements of the market.

These decisions and this innovative project is occurring with Amcor Capsules’ TRANSPARENCE program, which is dedicated to helping the company reduce its environmental impact and this program was created in July 2023.

Managing Director of Amcor Capsules, Yannick Magnon, commented, “The launch of the ESSENTIELLE plastic-free foil draws attention to the expertise at our Mareuil-sur-Aÿ site, which specializes in the manufacture of foils and is located in the heart of the Champagne region. Amcor Capsules is drawing on ESSENTIELLE to revolutionize the industry by offering a recyclable, plastic-free solution that suits the fast pace of their packaging lines, confirming its major role among wine-growing players, here in Champagne.”

President, CEO Maison Moët, Sibylle Scherer, “At Moët et Chandon, we are proud to support and accelerate innovation within the Champagne sector. For over 10 years, we have been spearheading initiatives to reduce our environmental impact and cut carbon emissions. As such, our products are developed and analysed to improve their environmental performance. Our goal for 2024 is to take this even further, and working with Amcor Capsules on the ESSENTIELLE foil reflects this commitment. At Moët et Chandon, we believe we can do great things if we work together. Our collaboration on the ESSENTIELLE project with Amcor Capsules – a leader in its sector and our partner for the 15 years – is evidence of this belief.”

Pin It on Pinterest