Amcor Capsules and Moët & Chandon go plastic-free

Amcor Capsules – the market leader specialising in the design and manufacture of capsules, closures and eco-responsible foils for still wines, sparkling wines and spirits – is preparing to launch ESSENTIELLE, a plastic-free foil made of aluminium and paper, in October 2024.

With more than 280 years of history, Moët & Chandon, owned by LVMH, manages the largest vineyard in Champagne, with nearly 1,300 hectares of vines. The brand intends to continue its movement towards more sustainable packaging and is working with Amcor Capsules on the development and launch of its plastic-free foil.

The ESSENTIELLE foil is created using paper made in Europe, a material that has a lower carbon impact than other solutions made of plastic on the market. By replacing plastic by paper the carbon footprint of this product is 31% lower compared to standard complex foils.

In addition, ESSENTIELLE contains approximately 60% aluminium, a recyclable material. Aluminium also retains the product’s aesthetic properties. It fits the bottle perfectly and can be customised according to market requirements. A key element of this innovation is that Amcor Capsules guarantees that its customers bottling and packaging process, as well as its productivity is unchanged.

“The launch of the ESSENTIELLE plastic-free foil draws attention to the expertise at our Mareuil-sur-Aÿ site, which specialises in the manufacture of foils and is located in the heart of the Champagne region,” said Managing Director of Amcor Capsules Yannick Magnon. “Amcor Capsules is drawing on ESSENTIELLE to revolutionise 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.”

“At Moët & Chandon, we are proud to support and accelerate innovation within the Champagne sector,” explained Maison Moët CEO Sibylle Scherer. “For over 10 years, we have been spearheading initiatives to reduce our environmental impact and cut carbon emissions. 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”

The ESSENTIELLE foil will be produced at the Mareuil-sur-Aÿ site in Champagne from October 2024. Initially, the solution will only be available with texturing (standard or customisable) to allow sparkling wine players to retain the premium look of their bottles and the productivity of their packaging lines. The ESSENTIELLE foil with a smooth finish will be available during the first quarter of 2025.

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