SAO PAULO, Jan. 11, 2016 (Press Release) -Klabin, Brazil’s largest paper producer and exporter, formalized an agreement with the Federal University of Lavras (UFLA), the Specialty Coffee Association of Brazil (BSCA), the Brazilian Trade and Investment Promotion Agency (Apex-Brasil) and packaging maker Videplast Indústria de Embalagens for the study "Development of Packaging and Storage Methods for Specialty Coffees," which will be coordinated by Flávio Meira Borém, a professor in the Engineering Department at UFLA. The study will analyze the characteristics of specialty coffee during the entire process, from the producer and stocking period to its export, storage and consumption in the country of destination.
The new coffee packaging developed by Klabin, in partnership with Videplast, is made from high-strength extensible paper that can be printed in up to eight colors. With capacity of 30 kilograms, the sack is hermetically sealed through a system that uses a film that serves as a barrier and protects against light, while also featuring an "Easy Open" system that makes it easier for the end client to open and store the coffee. These innovations help to ensure the product's safety and the quality of the coffee beans, while preserving their original characteristics.
During the study, analyses of the sensorial, physical and chemical properties of the lots were conducted at set intervals. The study considered various lots of natural coffee and hulled coffee cherries. The study's findings should show if the different materials used in the packaging offer positive results for protecting the sensorial attributes of specialty coffees.
The project, which was formalized last Wednesday (6), also enjoys the support of Bourbon Specialty Coffees and Carmocoffees. Representatives from the companies and institutions were at UFLA to sign the agreement during a ceremony held in the room Salão dos Conselhos located in the Dean’s building.
Klabin, Brazil's largest paper producer and exporter, is the leading manufacturer of paper and board for packaging, corrugated board packaging, industrial sacks and timber in logs. Founded in 1899, it has 14 industrial units in Brazil and one in Argentina. Klabin is organized into three business units: Forestry, Paper (paperboard, kraft paper and recycled) and Conversion (corrugated board and industrial sacks).
Klabin's management is entirely oriented towards sustainable development, and pursues integrated and responsible growth that combines profitability, social development and a commitment to the environment. Klabin has been a component of the Corporate Sustainability Index (ISE) of the São Paulo Stock Exchange (BM&FBovespa) since 2014. It is also a signatory to the United Nations Global Compact and the Brazilian Pact to Eradicate Slave Labor, and seeks suppliers and business partners that adopt the same values of ethics, transparency and respect for the principles of sustainability.