The innovative drinks dispenser can help reduce packaging and carbon footprint
Trial to take place in four workplaces in partnership with Compass Group
Coca-Cola Europacific Partners (CCEP), the largest independent bottler of Coca-Cola globally, in partnership with The Coca-Cola Company, launches a six-month controlled trial in GB of its latest beverage dispensing machine, the New Compact Freestyle®. The new machine enables consumers to purchase Coca-Cola drink brands and personalise temperature and carbonisation levels to their taste using their own vessels, thereby eliminating the need for PET or glass bottles, or aluminium packaging.
After recent trials at a range of at-work and on-the-go outlets in France and Belgium, a six-month controlled trial of the compact smart dispenser will begin this month in four at-work locations operated by Eurest, workplace division of Compass Group. The first will be installed at Volkswagen in Milton Keynes, with trials to follow for employees at Bentley in Crewe, Harrods in London and Virgin Media in Cheshire. A total of nearly 6,000 people are employed at the four sites.
The New Compact Freestyle® will allow consumers to enjoy around 40 core Coca-Cola drinks and enjoy them their own way by personalising the temperature and carbonisation levels to their own taste and preference. Crucially, the machine will be compatible with consumers’ own reusable vessels, which will help reduce carbon emissions and packaging.
Preliminary Life Cycle Analysis of the New Compact Freestyle®, conducted by ifeu (the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research), has identified a lower carbon footprint per litre of chilled beverage compared with conventional pack types. Further sustainability analysis will now be conducted in real-world conditions through this and future planned trials.
According to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, dispensed options with reusable vessels can be among the best packaging solutions for reducing our carbon footprint. If successfully rolled-out on a large-scale beyond the trial, the technology could have great potential in helping to reach Coca-Cola's recently announced new, global goal of 25% reusable packaging by 2030, which includes refillable vessels for dispensed drinks, along with refillable or returnable glass and plastic bottles.
This drinks-on-demand trial is yet another example of efforts to further CCEP’s strategy to reduce packaging and hit its target of a 30% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 (vs. a 2019 baseline) and Net Zero by 2040.
Sam Jones, Head of Climate and Sustainability at Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Great Britain said: “We’re excited to see the first trial of this drinks dispenser in GB. Innovative trials like these are an important step in our journey, as they’re essential to finding scalable
 A preliminary Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) conducted in December 2021 by IFEU on the New Compact Freestyle® when compared to conventional packaging formats (e.g., cans and bottles). FULL LINK TO BE ADDED
 Ellen MacArthur Foundation guidance document Reuse: Rethinking Packaging (2019)