Smile Compostable Solutions signs sales agreement with Pod Pack International

Nov. 18, 2022
Smile Compostable Solutions announced it has signed a material sales agreement with Pod Pack International, a leading co-manufacturer of single-serve coffee and tea pods and cups.

Smile Compostable Solutions signs a material sales agreement with Pod Pack International, a leading co-manufacturer of single-serve coffee and tea pods and cups. The company is now able to produce Smile's commercially compostable, plant-based and carbon neutral coffee pods that are compatible with Keurig brewers, enhancing sustainability options for Pod Pack customers. According to the announcement, the agreement demonstrates the convenience of Smile's turnkey abilities as a fully certified compostable pod system. 

Pod Pack delivers high-quality finished products, including pods that are compatible with Keurig brewers, with exceptional service. The Co-Packer is capable of producing 420 coffee pods per minute with an in-line ultrasonic sealing process using a bespoke machine from IMA Coffee. Thanks to the machine's modular design, additional flexibility is achieved. This, combined with Pod Pack's new sustainable materials, makes the Co-Packer a go-to solution for businesses that want to reduce their plastic and carbon footprints in the K-Cup market. 

Pod Pack CEO Marion Gray said in the announcement: "The Team at Pod Pack is excited to partner with Smile to bring this innovative solution to the single-serve coffee and tea marketplace. This allows Pod Pack to expand our market-leading offering of compostable single-serve products.”

Smile's plant-based pods are certified carbon neutral, USDA bio-based, Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) Commercially Compostable and Compost Manufacturing Alliance (CMA) composter approved. 

Smile’s co-founder and COO Frankie Schuster added in the announcement, "Pod Pack's state-of-the-art capsule filling equipment and experience made them an ideal client. We are excited to help both Pod Pack and their customers be leaders in the sustainable coffee sector.”


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