WestRock partners with Budějovický Budvar and Mattoni 1873 to advance circularity efforts in the beverage industry in the Czech Republic

ATLANTE, August 09, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK), a leading provider of sustainable paper and packaging solutions, has delivered its flexible and efficient Cluster-Pak® EvoTech™ packaging solution for a joint partnership between Budějovický Budvar and Mattoni 1873 to advance their shared commitment to improving circularity in the Czech Republic.

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BIRGO is a non-alcoholic beer with a unique flavor profile. This is a partnership between Mattoni 1873 and Budějovický Budvar, produced using Westrock’s Cluster-Pak® EvoTech™ packaging solution, which advances the partnership’s goal of improving circularity within of the beverage industry in the Czech Republic. Image credit: Mattoni 1873 and Budějovický Budvar. (Photo: BusinessWire)

The solution was deployed to package BIRGO, a non-alcoholic beer with unique flavor profiles developed by Mattoni in partnership with Budějovický Budvar, the largest international exporter of craft beer in the Czech Republic and the exclusive producer of BIRGO.

The EvoTech Cluster-Pak offers simple, repeatable changeovers and optimized use of water, heat and power to improve both energy efficiency and operational efficiency on high-speed lines . Its use of recyclable fiber-based packaging made from materials sourced from responsibly managed forests is key to establishing circularity on the BIRGO production line.

“At WestRock, we drive sustainability by working with our customers to develop and implement environmentally responsible packaging and machinery solutions that help them achieve their sustainability goals,” said Patrick Kivits, president of Consumer Packaging at WestRock. “The introduction of our Cluster-Pak EvoTech solution to the beverage industry in the Czech Republic is an exciting example of our efforts. We look forward to helping Mattoni and its partners pursue their sustainability goals.”

“We are delighted with our new collaboration with Mattoni, not only because of the excellent product, but also because we share the same values. We are proud to be one of the first in the Czech Republic to use packaging with fiber base for canned goods. We expect to save 85 tonnes of plastic per year,” said Petr Dvořák, CEO of Budějovický Budvar. “Our partnership with WestRock advances our goals by putting circular principles into practice.”

The packaging solution is used on a new, modern production line with an hourly capacity of up to 50,000 cans.

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WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide sustainable paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock team members support customers worldwide from locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

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