Coca-Cola launch first paperboard KeelClip™ packaging for multipack cans in U.S.

Graphic Packaging International has launched its KeelClip™ packaging solution in the U.S. with the installation of a KeelClip™ 1600 multipacking machine at Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages’ Elmsford, NY production facility.

The equipment – the first to be installed in the U.S. following a successful expansion throughout Europe – is a sustainable packaging system for multipacks of cans. The innovative solution uses fiber-based packaging for can multipacks, eliminating the need for plastic rings and shrink wrap. It is estimated that KeelClip technology saved over 3m lbs of plastic in 2021 alone, and has been used with over 550m packs worldwide.

Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages, the local Coca-Cola bottler for the northeastern States of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York markets, is utilizing KeelClip technology to improve sustainability across its entire distribution footprint. The installation of the KeelClip 1600 machinery means the sustainable fiber-based packaging solution can be supplied to markets in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Delaware. This transition will remove 75,000 lbs of plastic packaging per year from the supply chain for approximately 3.1m cases.

“Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages is thrilled to be Graphic Packaging’s first partner in the United States to implement this innovative packaging system,” said Paul Mulligan, co-owner of Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages. “We are committed to producing sustainable products across our territories that eliminate waste and develop a circular economy. We know that the most valuable change to reduce plastic waste occurs when bottlers and packaging producers work together in partnership, and we look forward to partnering with Graphic Packaging on this sustainable packaging for years to come.”

Bret Arnone, VP Commercial Operations & Beverage Packaging, Graphic Packaging, said, “We are delighted to partner with Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages as we continue to roll out KeelClip technology around the world. This technology has seen incredible success wherever it has been used, winning 10 industry awards and becoming the gold standard for can multipacks in over 20 countries. Most importantly, it’s proven to help our commercial partners reduce their reliance on plastics for a more sustainable future.”

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