German brewery uses bluemint steel on 5-litre kegs

German brewery Westerwald-Brauerei will be filling its “Hachenburger” beer in 5-litre party kegs made of tinplate from bluemint steel, made by thyssenkrupp Rasselstein

The kegs are provided by Julius Kleemann GmbH & Co KG while Sika Deutschland GmbH is now using hobbocks manufactured from thyssenkrupp Rasselstein’s CO2-reduced tinplate for adhesives and sealants. 

The tinplate hobbocks will be manufactured by Muhr & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG, a specialist in steel and tinplate hazardous products packaging.

Westerwald-Brauerei and Sika thus join an increasing number of businesses that are using the CO2-reduced packaging steel for their product lines.

In March 2022, packaging manufacturer Hoffmann Neopac collaborated with Ricola, the well-known Swiss manufacturer of herbal candies, to introduce the first food can with  reduced CO2 intensity. 

“With bluemint steel, our packaging steel is now more environmentally friendly, as the new manufacturing process reduces CO2 emissions by up to 69 percent. When it comes to resource conservation, packaging steel certainly has compelling arguments. Tinplate is a permanent material in a closed steel cycle and is nearly 100 percent recyclable without quality degradation,” said Vanessa Sonntag, Sustainability  Marketing Officer at thyssenkrupp Rasselstein. 

Since earlier this year, Zentis GmbH & Co. KG, a renowned producer of fruit preparations, jams and confectionery, has also been using tinplate made of bluemintsteel for the closures of its NaturRein fruit spreads. The closures are supplied by Pano Verschluss GmbH.

“It is evident that an increasing number of manufacturers are interested in CO2-reduced packaging steel to make their products even more environmentally friendly and appealing to their customers,” added Sonntag.

“With bluemintsteel, we are offering an ultra-premium product that meets these standards without sacrificing quality. Qualifications are not necessary; our customers can switch to bluemintsteel without additional effort and thus realise real CO2 savings without the need for compensation certificates.

The tinplate manufacturer is also currently in negotiations with other parties interested in using CO2- reduced steel and the official bluemintlogo on their products. Several breweries and fillers,  among others, are interested in packaging steel from climate-friendly production. 

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