Wisconsin-based LMI Packaging Solutions has struck a five-year deal with Spectra Systems to integrate the latter’s authentication technology into its coffee K-cup lids.
Spectra Systems, which specializes in authentication technology, says that its coating formulation will enable coffee suppliers who get their K-cup lids manufactured at LMI Packaging to have full functionality in the Keurig K-cup system.
According to Spectra Systems, the K-cup system uses internal sensors that allow it to work only with cups that have specific material signatures printed on them.
As per the terms of the deal, Spectra Systems will have to provide its technology for K-Cups to LMI Packaging Solutions exclusively for the first 18 months.
Spectra CEO Nabil Lawandy said: “This agreement with LMI has validated our ability to provide security products in the consumer products market where an increasing number of manufacturers are using sensors to lock their hardware with the associated consumables.”
"Working with LMI has been one of the smoothest product developments we have had and we are confident in their ability to attract more customers to their lids that use our materials.”
Based in Pleasant Prairie, LMI Packaging partners with food and beverage manufacturers who need to implement innovative lidding solutions for their products.
LMI Packaging claims to have a broad range of market, material and product performance expertise and calls itself to be more than lidding professionals.
Its partner, the Rhode Island-based Spectra Systems, on the other hand provides authentication technology that help in secure transactions right from banknotes and products, to electronic gaming.