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Food and Beverages | Friday, May 14, 2021
Both Airscape stainless steel and ceramic storage canisters come with a reusable cotton bag that can be loaded with coffee beans from coffee roasters or bulk dispensers at grocery stores and food cooperatives.
FREMONT, CA: Planetary Design, the company behind the revolutionary Airscape coffee storage canister, has launched a program to improve sustainability between coffee shops and consumers’ kitchens. Both Airscape stainless steel and ceramic storage canisters come with a reusable cotton bag that can be loaded with coffee beans from coffee roasters or bulk dispensers at grocery stores and food cooperatives. The reusable cotton bag replaces both the single-use plastic bag in which Airscapes were traditionally packaged and the cloth coffee bags sold at coffee shops.
“Our fresh-roasted coffee refill program has exceeded expectations since we started it last year. From the idea conception, we researched the best container on the market and found the Airscape canister had the highest quality available. We started the program with just the Airscapes, but with the addition of the reusable cotton bags customers are now able to leave the canister on their counter at home and bring in the bag when they need a refill of our freshly roasted beans,” said Chris Berger, owner of Sugar Creek Coffee Roasters in Indian Trail, North Carolina. “The cotton bags and canisters remove the waste of a 12-ounce bag of coffee and customers get a full pound for the same price, while I save on the repeated costs associated with the paper bags, printing and labels. And having our logo etched on each elegant Airscape canister is great for continued marketing and branding. We’re looking at scaling this successful model and using it alongside bulk dispensers in new and existing retail outlets in the near future.”
Consumers will be able to take the reusable bag to coffee roasters, grocery stores, or food co-ops, fill it with their favorite beans, and then return home and move the beans to the storage canister after buying a stainless steel Airscape or an Airscape Ceramic. Bags with 4-inch Airscapes carry about 1/2 pound of coffee beans, while bags with 7-inch Airscapes hold about 1 pound of coffee beans.
The Airscape canisters and reusable cotton bags provide a co-branding opportunity for coffee roasters and retailers. Planetary Design will imprint a coffee roaster’s or retailer’s logo on both the canisters and the cotton bags, which can then be distributed directly to customers for use in a structured refill program.
Reusable cotton bags are available for purchase on Planetary Designs’ website, priced at $1.75 per 1/2-pound bag and $2 per 1-pound bag, in addition to being used for packaging with Airscape stainless steel and Airscape Ceramic storage canisters.