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Tazio Zerbini 
Operations Director, FLO S.p.A.

Talk WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2018

Advancements in Single-Serve Beverage Delivery

Compostable and Barrier: Flo Presents the New Generation Bio-Capsule for Coffee

Flo is a group of companies specialized in the production of food packaging. The Headquarters in Parma Italy, where the capsule coffee division is active, it is the site that, for over 40 years, has been producing plastic cups for the vending sector. These technical containers are continually subjected to strict quality tests to guarantee a correct functionality inside the vending machines. The experience gained in thermoforming processing combined with the knowledge of the European roasters market, have constituted the driving force for a new ambitious project, the realization of the new generation single-serve coffee capsules.

In collaboration with Natureworks, Flo has industrialized the production process of a coffee capsule made of 100% pure PLA Ingeo, a technical biopolymer that gives the product excellent barrier properties and high compostability. The real challenge was to obtain a technically advanced compostable capsule, which, despite its natural propensity to disintegrate in composting conditions, guarantees excellent resistance to atmospheric oxygen, thus avoiding the use of secondary packaging to maintain intact the organoleptic qualities of coffee. The new Bio-capsule faces the market as a world novelty and an excellent Ecological alternative to the barrier caps made of traditional plastic.

About Tazio Zerbini

Degrees: Master's Degree in Organic Chemistry (UniversitĂ  degli Studi di Parma) Executive in Operations & Manufacturing Management (SDA Bocconi) 
Work Experience: Plant Manager (Rubber Industry), Supply Chain Manager (Rubber Industry), Managing Director (Plastic Machinery), Operations Director at FLO Spa since 2004, Board Member in Flo Europe (France) and Benders (UK)

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I strongly recommend Innovation Takes Root. It's a good opportunity to understand and see what happens in this area of biopolymers. It's an international event and not just on PLA. I think it's well done, well-managed, and well-organized. It was a good investment for me.
Marco Garilli

Innovation Expert - Polymers, Electrolux

I'd definitely come back (to ITR) and recommend it. I think many different industries could learn something from a conference like this - it really is focused on the next level of sustainability.
Maddie Guillory

Vice President, Titan Robotics

It has been a wonderful event; very well organized. I especially appreciate the scheduling of activities, the alternation of speeches, and time to network, which has been one of the key successes from my point of view. We also felt very supported by your team; we had the feeling you believe in what Flo is doing and, for us, that's very important.
Tazio Zerbini

Operations Director, Flo S.p.A.