Cooxupé, one of the best-known co-operatives in Brazil, recently used polyethylene-lined paper bags developed by Klabin and its associates to export coffee from Minas Gerais to Italy. The first shipment took place in December 2015. Coffee is usually exported using jute bags, but Klabin and its collaborators have been attempting to develop a new type of bag that better preserves the flavour and aroma characteristics of specialty coffee.
“This package is interesting because it is easier to see if it was tampered with, providing greater security for us and for our customers,” said Carlos Henrique Escudero Son, manager of the logistics division at Cooxupé. “In addition, the sacks (bags) are easier to accommodate in a container, about allowing the shipment of 1,000kg more coffee than is possible using jute bags. Our Italian customer has already established that, from now on, the coffee we send them should only use this type of packaging.”
Douglas Dalmasi, a director at Klabin, said the paper bags have a number of advantages that add value to the bagged product. He noted that the chief advantage – other than protecting the coffee better than jute bags – is that they allow the product to be stored for longer whilst maintaining its sensory attributes.
“The new bags are also environmentally sound,” said Mr Dalmasi, “being derived from renewable sources and recyclable and produced with raw materials from certified forests.”
Cooxupé noted that the design of the new bags is such that they are quicker and easier to fill and they are less likely to leak. It said they also easier to use with automatic machinery and are easier to palletize. “These features combined with the sustainability attributes mean that the bags are very cost-effective,” said the co-operative.
The President of Cooxupé, Carlos Alberto Paulino da Costa, said the co-operative is always looking for enhance the product it offers its customers and add value to coffee exported by members of the co-operative members. If Cooxupé were to adopt the new bags on a large scale, it could be very good news for Klabin: in 2015, Cooxupé exported more coffee than any other cooperative in Brazil, and shipped 4.2 million bags of coffee, 26 per cent more than it shipped in 2014.
For more information see the forthcoming May 2016 issue of Coffee & Cocoa International which will be distributed at the SCAA Event in Atlanta in April.