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Coca-Cola rolls out 100% rPET bottle in India with ALPLA's support

Source:Adsale Plastics Network 2023-07-18

With the support of ALPLA, Coca-Cola India has launched a new bottle made from 100% rPET in Andhra Pradesh. This is a significant milestone because it is the first time that a 100% rPET bottle has been used in India for food or drinks.


By delivering the rPET preforms, ALPLA’s activities aim to support Coca-Cola’s global goal of using at least 50% recycled material in all packaging by 2030. Currently, 90% of the company’s packaging is recyclable and 15% of PET used is recycled globally.


The new rPET bottle was launched for the packaged drinking water brand Kinley, and is currently available in one-liter bottles. They are made entirely from recycled food-grade plastic, which is a significant milestone for ALPLA and Coca-Cola in India in their joint efforts to create a circular economy.

Coca-Cola India

This step was only possible after the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) approved the use of recycled PET in food packaging, subject to compliance with its guidelines, after a thorough review of food safety.


“We are proud to be the first beverage company in India to offer our consumers a sustainable choice of packaging, by launching Kinley bottles made from 100% rPET. Our new bottles made with food-grade rPET have value beyond their initial use, as they are fully recyclable and can be repurposed into new bottles,” said Enrique Ackermann, Vice President, Technical and Innovation, Coca-Cola India and Southwest Asia.


Recycling of PET bottles with technologies approved by the US FDA and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) keeps plastic in circulation and significantly reduces the need for new plastic production. The use of rPET bottles not only conserves natural resources, but also reduces our carbon emissions.


Dr S B P P Rammohan, Managing Director, Sri Sarvaraya Sugars Limited, Franchise Bottling Partner of Coca-Cola in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, added, “This move towards using recycled PET in packaging, aligns with our government’s vision of sustainable plastic use, and we are proud to be associated with the Coca-Cola System in India as the first movers in this sustainability initiative.”


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