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60 kilometres north of Naples the history of Ferrarelle mineral water dates back to 1893, when owner Giuseppe De Ponte started canalizing the water for commercial exploitation. During a journey lasting 30 years through the extinct Roccamonfina volcano rocks and Monte Maggiore carbonate rocks, the rainwater is purified and enriched with several minerals and carbon dioxide that give Ferrarelle water its unique, soft and sweet taste. Even a natural effervescence certification, bestowed by the independent and verified company SGS, assures the naturalness and the authenticity of this South Italian spring water. Ferrarelle bubbles are 100 % naturally originating and the amount of CO2 contained in each bottle is exactly the same contained in the water flowing from the spring, therefore Ferrarelle is the Italian sparkling mineral water par excellence.
As the company recycles more than 90 % of the materials discarded from the manufacturing process in its two plants and has installed new bottling lines in order to improve the efficiency of its production processes, Ferrarelle decided to pioneer a new way of water bottle production in contribution to eco-sustainability, carbon footprint reduction, and natural resources protection.
The use of PCR flakes directly for preform production is a radical approach to eliminate the commonly used pelletizing step on bottle to bottle recycling. With an investment of about 30 million euros and the installation of Starlinger viscotec’s viscoSTAR 180, the Italian company is ready to produce recycled PET preforms directly from PCR flakes. “This is a groundbreaking step towards the circular economy in preform and bottle production with a strong focus on respecting natural resources, one of Ferrarelle Group’s main priorities.” says Alessandro Frondella, Ferrarelle SpA General Manager. “In our new plant in Presenzano in the near future we are going to produce preforms, the embryonic stage of bottles, using 50% of rPET, and we could also employ non-food grade rPET flakes to seize new business opportunities within sustainable development.”