Trends in Container Closure Systems

As the consumption of goods grows, so does the market for jar lids, caps and closures that are essential to maintaining the safety and integrity of products. In 2023, the global caps and closures market size was estimated at $74.64 billion. It is anticipated to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 4.9% from 2024 to 2030.

Source: Grandview Research

As the market for closure systems continues to grow, evolving trends including sustainability, convenience, innovation, and cost are shaping the design of these systems.

Sustainability

Increasing consumer preferences for eco-friendly packaging coupled with evolving government sustainability regulations are fueling the design of jar lids, caps and closures that are recyclable. More brand owners are shifting to aluminum closure systems that are easily recyclable, reduce waste going into landfills and help brands deliver on their circular economy goals.

Convenience and accessibility

Consumers today prefer products that are user-friendly and convenient to use. Brands are responding by seeking out closures that enhance product accessibility and usability. As a result, closure systems are being designed so that they are more ergonomic, easy to open and close and more intuitive to use. These design developments are good news for brands that want to eliminate frustrations with packaging and give consumers even more reasons to keep purchasing their products.

Innovation

Innovation in closure systems is becoming a key point of differentiation for brand owners. Unique closure systems that combine reliable product protection, ease-of-use and innovative technology are helping brands stand out from the competition. Additionally, innovative closure systems that work to reduce the barrier between the product and the consumer communicate real value to customers, which in turn, boosts sales.

Cost

According to Packaging Gateway, “closure manufacturers are adopting innovative production processes that can reduce waste, manufacturing costs and the amount of material used. Such processes can also help in increasing efficiency and ensuring process stability and product consistency.”

Our EEASY Lid checks all the boxes on these trends, helping brands comply with evolving packaging regulations, deliver a product experience that caters to consumer preferences and needs, stand out from the competition and reduce costs:

Sustainable – Made of recyclable aluminum, the EEASY Lid helps brand owners deliver on sustainable packaging commitments and achieve circularity targets. 

Convenient and accessible – Designed for convenience, the EEASY Lid enhances consumer experience and accessibility by making jarred products up to 50% easier to open, eliminating the struggle of opening stubborn jar lids for people of all ages and abilities. 

Innovative – The first jar lid innovation in over 75 years, the EEASY Lid is an accessible packaging innovation designed to address the massive inclusivity and accessibility problem that exists in packaging design today.

Cost effective – Made of durable, lightweight aluminum, the EEASY Lid is 57% lighter than traditional steel lids. This can help brands reduce product transportation and shipping costs.

Contact us today to learn more.

Taking the Complexity Out of Meeting Evolving Sustainability Laws and Regulations

Environmental protection laws and regulations continue to evolve, increasing the complexity of complying with a vast landscape of mandates across the globe. To successfully navigate that complexity, it is now imperative for brands to elevate the sustainability of their products and packaging and transparently communicate their sustainability story.

One of the recent developments on this front is the European Union’s (EU) proposed “Green Claims Directive.” Under this directive, indistinct business claims like eco-friendly, better for the planet, climate-friendly, and carbon neutral will disappear in the EU. The proposed EU Green Claims Directive seeks to protect consumers and the environment by addressing greenwashing (the practice of making a product appear to be more environmentally friendly or less environmentally damaging than it really is).

The Green Claims Directive sets out new requirements for ensuring environmental labels and claims are credible and trustworthy to allow consumers to make better informed purchasing decisions. Research by the European Commission revealed that there is a lot of consumer confusion and distrust surrounding product sustainability claims. That’s not surprising considering that this research found 230 sustainability labels in the EU with vastly different levels of transparency. According to this study, over half of these claims (53%) give vague, misleading, or unfounded information, and 40% of them have no supporting evidence.

Source: European Commission

If approved by the European Parliament and the European Council, the Green Claims Directive will require companies to substantiate green claims with scientific data and independent third-party verification. The Directive will apply to all voluntary business claims about the environmental impacts, aspects or performance of a product, service, or the business itself.

It’s not only EU companies that will have to meet the requirements of the Directive. The Directive also extends to companies outside the EU that target EU consumers, including businesses selling into the EU via e-commerce.

With environmental and sustainability laws continuing to evolve, increasing the complexity of the regulatory landscape, brands need to reevaluate packaging through the lens of compliance and transparency.

Compliance and transparency are easy when packaging is recyclable.

CCT’s recyclable aluminum EEASY Lid is a simple way for brands to futureproof their products, advance the circular economy and comply with evolving sustainability laws and regulations across the globe.

There is a lot of regulatory complexity in the world today, and navigating this complexity isn’t getting any easier.

Today, sustainable, compliant and EEASY make good business sense.

It’s time your brand moved to the EEASY Lid.

Contact us today to learn more.

Brand Transparency: A Clear Imperative and Pathway to Growth

Consumers today are demanding more transparency from food brands. They want to know more about the ingredients, sourcing, nutritional information, manufacturing process, and sustainability of the products they buy.

Brands that provide a high level of transparency are rewarded by consumers with their trust and loyalty. This translates to more profitable relationships with customers and business growth.

Consumer expectations for brand transparency are rising. A Transparency Trends 2023 report by FMI – The Food Industry Association and NielsenIQ (NIQ) found that shoppers have prioritized product transparency at an increased rate over the last five years. Report data revealed that the proportion of grocery shoppers saying transparency is important increased seven percentage points from 2018 (69%) to 2023 (76%).

In a news release on the report, Sherry Frey, VP of Total Wellness for NIQ said: “As retail trading partners plan strategies for growth in 2024 and beyond, it is critical to understand the key consumer drivers and nuances of their purchasing behavior to achieve growth in the face of lingering high cost-of-living pressures. Simply put, the more product information retailers and brands can provide, the better.” 

Research shows that more transparent brands have a competitive advantage. According to NIQ data, two-thirds of shoppers (64%) say they would switch from a brand they usually buy to another brand that provides more in-depth product information, beyond nutrition facts.  

Source: Netscribes

To be truly transparent, companies must go beyond nutrition facts, providing clear information on almost every facet of a product including sustainability. Shoppers today are prioritizing sustainability, seeking information on the environmental impact of products, and spending their money with brands that promote a healthier environment.

Packaging that transparently and honestly conveys a product’s environmental impact will attract the growing number of conscious consumers who are increasingly purchasing products they believe make a positive social, environmental or economic impact.

Packaging innovations like the EEASY Lid are helping brands transparently tell a strong sustainability story that resonates with today’s consumers. Made of recyclable aluminum, the EEASY Lid helps brands reduce their impact on the environment, cultivate trust and loyalty with consumers and differentiate their products in a competitive market.

Brands that want to transparently and easily communicate packaging sustainability that earns consumer trust, drives loyalty and business growth need the EEASY Lid.

Contact us today to learn more.

Hello 2024!

We can’t believe it’s time to say goodbye to 2023 and hello to 2024. As we enter the new year, it’s important to reflect on the accomplishments of 2023.

One of CCT’s proudest moments was the EEASY Lid earning honorable mention in Fast Company’s 2023 Innovation by Design Awards! This validated CCT’s mission and proved that the innovative EEASY Lid can improve the lives of consumers across the globe.

2023 also led CCT to expand its partnerships. Guglielmo’s Sauce became the first food brand to adopt the EEASY Lid, and we saw the lid hit shelves across more than 250 stores across the Northeast.

Shortly after, CCT partnered with EDEKA Kempken, introducing the EEASY Lid to European customers for the first time.

CCT closed 2023 by partnering with Chilau Foods, a line of southern inspired stew-bases. With this new partnership, the EEASY Lid will be available on products in roughly 700 stores across 12 states by early 2024.

As we enter a new year, many use this time to set goals and resolutions for themselves.

Sustainable packaging solutions will continue rising in popularity as we head into 2024. The global zero-waste packaging market size in 2023 was estimated at over $1 billion and is projected to reach nearly $2.5 billion by the end of 2033. Additionally, more regulations will come to fruition that prevent companies from greenwashing but require them to use actual sustainable products.

The need for accessible products will also come more into focus. In the United States, up to 26% – that’s one in four adults – have some type of disability. This doesn’t even count the number of people with reduced mobility and strength due to aging or other ailments.

With this in mind, CCT’s goal for 2024 remains the same as years past: to continue building on our progress to help brands deliver on sustainability, make packaging more inclusive and accessible, and increase our market to make hard-to-open jars a thing of the past. 

And we’re hard at work – CCT is currently in talks with grocers, brands and manufacturers across the globe, looking to expand EEASY Lid availability into additional stores next year.

We are excited for another year of partnership meetings, insightful tradeshows, and milestone moments for the EEASY Lid. Bring on 2024!

A Banner Year: Media Coverage Year-End Recap

This year was a banner year for CCT and the EEASY Lid. From new brands in the U.S. topping their products with the EEASY Lid to the first European brand adopting the EEASY Lid to Fast Company’s recognition of the EEASY Lid in its 2023 Innovation by Design Awards, there were so many great milestones and highlights.

As 2023 comes to a close, let’s take a trip down memory lane to look back on some memorable media coverage of these milestones and more.

Forbes: Why CCT Is Working To ‘Say Goodbye To Hard-To-Open Lids
CCT and the EEASY Lid were featured in Forbes, one of the most influential and recognized business publications in the world. Capturing the importance of the accessibility provided by the EEASY Lid, reporter Steven Aquino wrote: “the majority of people likely would look at CCT’s gadget and deem it convenient; while this is true, it’s a mistake to conflate sheer convenience with accessibility. The EEASY Lid may be more convenient to open, sure, but it may also be a lifeline for those who can’t open things easily, if at all.”

Fast Company: The Best Packaging Design of 2023
This article featured the full list of Fast Company’s 2023 Innovation by Design Awards honorees in the Packaging category. The EEASY Lid was one of the honorees in this category, recognized for using innovative design to solve packaging problems.

Sustainable Packaging News: Drivers for Change – The Increasing Role of Aluminum
Sustainable Packaging News, a publication that highlights the very latest sustainable packaging solutions and strategies, featured a Q&A with CCT president Brandon Bach. In this article, Brandon explained that as the industry’s first aluminum lug lid, the EEASY Lid is setting a new precedent for sustainability. Brandon noted that the EEASY Lid, made of recyclable aluminum, protects the environment and enhances consumer experience one jar lid at a time.

Gourmet News: Innovative Lug EEASY Lid Promises to Make Products More Accessible to Consumers
Gourmet News, a premier magazine for the specialty foods industry, recounted CCT’s journey on the road to inventing a better jar lid. Quoted in the article, CCT president Brandon Bach said, “brands and grocery stores can boost sales once consumers realize how easy it is to open products.” The article also highlighted that, in practice, the EEASY Lid is simple. Consumers press a button on the lid’s center, which reduces the vacuum seal and allows the lid to be opened with half the effort.

Food Navigator: German Grocer Becomes First in Europe to Embrace First Major Jar Lid Innovation in 75 Years
A leading online news source for the food industry, Food Navigator covered the announcement of the EEASY Lid hitting Edeka Kempken store shelves in Krefeld, Germany, in late May of this year. The article quoted Heiner Kempken, CEO of Edeka Supermarkets, who said: “I was quickly convinced that CCT’s EEASY Lid is a great innovation and a real help for many people opening jar lids. That’s why we are presenting this new lid in our stores.”

The Canmaker: New Horizons: Caps and Closures (Subscription required)
The Canmaker, a monthly business intelligence publication for the metal packaging industry, featured CCT in its November issue. This article highlighted the EEASY Lid’s ten year research and development journey including the pivot from a steel lid to aluminum to make the lid more durable and accessible. CCT president Brandon Bach noted that impressive consumer sales of products topped with the EEASY Lid in the U.S. and Germany are fueling major interest in the EEASY Lid throughout the European market. He outlined the company’s plans to expand in this market to produce 66 mm, 72 mm and 89 mm EEASY Lid sizes and said the company is exploring the viability of building a plant in Europe.

Dayton Daily News: Dayton-Made Jar Lid Finds First Pasta Sauce Manufacturer
Covering the news of Guglielmo’s Sauce as the first pasta sauce brand and manufacturer to adopt the EEASY Lid, this coverage from CCT’s hometown pointed out that the EEASY Lid can now be found atop products across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Quoted in the article, CCT president Brandon Bach said: “No one should have to struggle to open a jar lid. While the EEASY Lid brings customers ease of use in the kitchen, it also gives independence back to those who struggle to prepare a meal due to physical limitations.”

Fox Rochester: Rochester Sauce Company Adds “EEASY” Lids to Their Jars
This broadcast news coverage also covered the announcement of Guglielmo’s Sauce partnering with CCT to bring the EEASY Lid to all of their jarred products. The coverage explained that the EEASY Lid is designed with people of all ages and abilities in mind, allowing consumers to break open the vacuum seal on a jar by simply pressing a button on the lid.

These are just a few of the many pieces of print, online and broadcast coverage CCT and the EEASY Lid were featured in this year. To say the least, it was a banner year. We are looking forward to an even better 2024 filled with lots of news and updates as we help more and more brands make their packaging more accessible and sustainable.

Market Trends: Consumer Product Packaging in 2024

The global food packaging market value is forecast to rise from $353.7 billion in 2023 to $592.8 billion by 2033, according to Future Market Insights. The growth in the food packaging market is being fueled by transformative trends that evolved in 2023 and will continue to gain momentum in 2024.

Here are some of the key 2024 trends that are shaping the future of the packaging industry:

Increasing push toward sustainability

Environmentally conscious consumers and an evolving regulatory landscape will keep sustainability at the forefront of 2024 packaging trends. In 2024, there is expected to be a growing emphasis on making packaging recyclable or reusable. The global zero-waste packaging market size in 2023 was estimated at over $1 billion and is projected to reach nearly $2.5 billion by the end of 2033.

Source: Future Market Insights

Sustainability is now a mainstay in packaging. Brands today are increasingly integrating the use of recyclable materials in their packaging strategies to reduce packaging waste and shrink their carbon footprint. Meeting consumer preferences for environmentally friendly packaging, complying with evolving regulations and delivering on Environmental Social Governance (ESG) initiatives now requires brand owners to prioritize the use of circular packaging solutions.

Advancing technology

In 2024, technology will continue to transform the consumer product packaging industry. Technology such as QR codes and near-field communication (NFC) tags on packaging are increasingly providing consumers with interactive experiences, allowing them to access promotions, product information, recipes, sustainability statistics and more.

Technology is also allowing packaging designers to redesign and improve packaging – like the jar lid.

Evolving regulatory landscape

According to McKinsey, “new regulation governing sustainability dimensions of packaging is expanding on multiple fronts such as proportions of recycling or recycled content and is no longer confined to select countries or regions.”

Governments across the globe are implementing stricter regulations on packaging materials, setting higher recycling targets and requiring companies to sell products in easily recyclable packaging. 

It is anticipated that the coming year will see an increase in Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) laws for packaging waste. EPR is an approach that holds manufacturers more accountable for the full lifecycle of their packaging. Currently, 23 states can be categorized as EPR with manufacturers paying for the costs of recycling.

Forward thinking brands that adopt sustainable packaging solutions will be best positioned to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape.

Escalating demand for convenient, functional packaging

In 2024, consumer demand for convenient packaging will continue to gain momentum. Consumers stretched thin by work, family and social commitments are expected to drive a surge in the popularity of easy-to-open containers and resealable options.

Brands that deliver on convenience will increase both revenue and consumer loyalty. This is particularly true for specific types of purchases. According to the National Retail Federation, convenience is especially important to consumers when it comes to everyday items such as groceries, personal care items and pet supplies.

Growing imperative for inclusive packaging

Inclusive packaging design should be considered a necessity, not a trend. Inclusive packaging is packaging that is universally easy to open, easy to handle and easy to use by people of all ages and abilities.

In 2024, inclusive packaging is anticipated to have a larger presence on grocery store shelves. While companies should adopt inclusive packaging solely because it is the right thing to do, it does yield tangible benefits for brands. This approach to product packaging provides brands with competitive differentiation in a crowded market and allows companies to expand their customer base. Embracing inclusive, accessible packaging also allows brands to demonstrate their commitment to every customer, which leads to increased brand loyalty and customer retention.

The EEASY Lid delivers on all these trends

As we travel to trade shows and engage in partnership talks, we are hearing from brands on the importance of aligning packaging with these trends. We are proud to tell them that CCT delivers on all of them and more. Here is how we do that:

Sustainability: The EEASY Lid is made of recyclable aluminum. Easy for consumers to recycle, aluminum is a highly durable metal that can be recycled again and again without degrading its inherent value. Nearly 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today.

Technology: CCT’s software designed EEASY Lid is the first jar lid innovation in over 75 years. The patented design makes opening jars up to 50% easier.

Compliance:
Packaging innovations like the recyclable EEASY Lid are hitting the market just in time to help brands conserve natural resources, cut waste, reduce their carbon footprint and ensure food safety and quality. The EEASY Lid is a compliance ensured packaging solution brands can adopt now.

Convenience: The EEASY Lid is designed for convenience to help brands improve customer experience with their products. The EEASY Lid eliminates the nearly universal struggle of opening stubborn jar lids. Brands looking to appeal to busy consumers must deliver packaging features like this that can save consumers time and effort.

Inclusivity: Many brands are looking for packaging solutions that deliver on the core value of inclusivity. The EEASY Lid, which provides an unprecedented level of accessibility to jarred food products, is working to help brands make inclusive, accessible packaging the norm rather than the exception.

Contact us today to learn more about how the EEASY Lid can help your brand level up packaging to deliver on all these trends and remain competitive in an evolving marketplace.

CCT In the News

CCT and the EEASY Lid were once again in the spotlight with articles appearing in two leading industry trade publications. A feature article appearing in The Canmaker and coverage of CCT’s recent announcement of the Chilau Foods partnership in Packaging Gateway created great visibility for the EEASY Lid among key packaging industry decision-makers.

The Canmaker, a monthly business intelligence publication for the metal packaging industry, featured CCT in its November issue.

The article highlighted the EEASY Lid’s extensive research and development journey, including the pivot from steel to aluminum to make the lid more durable and accessible. The article noted that in the U.S., steel lids are mostly used on jar filling lines, which have a magnetic mechanism to transfer lids from a hopper to a capping system. With the aluminum EEASY Lid, magnets won’t work. CCT president Brandon Bach described how the company addresses this issue through a program for brands and co-packers that enables a smooth transition from steel to aluminum.

CCT’s growth path was also outlined in the article. The company plans to expand from the current offering of the standard U.S. size lid of 63mm for grocery products to 58mm, 70mm and 82mm U.S. lid sizes. Today, CCT’s production line at its technology center in Dayton, Ohio, has the ability to produce 288 million lids per year at 100% capacity, but growing interest in the EEASY Lid is jumpstarting plans to add more production lines.

In the article, Brandon noted that impressive consumer sales of products topped with the EEASY Lid in the U.S. and Germany are fueling major interest in the EEASY Lid throughout the European market. He outlined the company’s plans to expand in this market to produce 66 mm, 72 mm, and 89 mm EEASY Lid sizes and said the company is exploring the viability of building a plant in Europe.

This in-depth piece also described the extensive testing the EEASY Lid underwent before hitting the market. Tests by the Cornell University Department of Food Science validated that the EEASY Lid is 50% easier to open than traditional jar lids and other safety testing showed that the EEASY Lid’s push button technology does not disturb the hermetic seal on jars, performing the same under vacuum as traditional steel lids. The lids were also tested with consumers, with one survey finding that 80% prefer the EEASY Lid.

This great feature on the EEASY Lid ran in both the print and online November issues of The Canmaker, which are available only to industry professionals.

CCT and the EEASY Lid were also featured in Packaging Gateway, a leading site for news and procurement in the packaging industry. Headlined ‘Chilau Foods Switches to CCT’s Patented Jar Lid,’ the article highlighted that Chilau Foods is partnering with CCT to enhance the product packaging on its full line of Southern inspired stew bases.

Chilau Foods founder Michael Anderson was quoted in the article, saying: “We’ve always been a company that makes cooking easy for consumers. As we expand, the EEASY Lid allows us to provide our customers with an unbeatable cooking experience, starting with accessible packaging.”

The article concluded by noting that Chilau supplies nearly 350 stores across the U.S. and aims to roll out its products featuring the EEASY Lid by the end of the first quarter of 2024.

As a result of this partnership, Chilau became the fourth brand to adopt the EEASY Lid.

Read the full Packaging Gateway article here.

Continue to watch this space for more news and developments!

Back From PLMA Chicago 2023

The CCT team is back in office after another successful trip to Chicago for the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) trade show, held at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center from November 12-14.

This year’s sold-out PLMA had a record number of more than 1,650 exhibitors from nearly 60 countries – making it 20% larger than last year’s! This shows that the private label manufacturing industry really is back in full swing.

Side by side with roughly 10,000 retailers, exhibitors and attendees, CCT had eye-opening conversations with potential new business partners, discovered the latest industry innovations, and had the opportunity to showcase our very own EEASY Lid.

CCT’s attendance at PLMA comes just days after announcing our partnership with Chilau Foods, a line of southern-inspired stew bases and spices. Chilau Foods will be topping all of its products – available in nearly 350 stores across the U.S. – with the EEASY Lid by the end of Q1 2024.

Store Brands, a magazine that delivers news, features, profiles and reports for private brand manufacturers and retailers, published an article about CCT bringing the EEASY Lid to PLMA. The article notes that the EEASY Lid is the world’s first aluminum lug jar lid – a more sustainable and durable alternative to traditional steel lids. You can read the full article here.

According to DataHorizzon Research, the private label market was valued at $742.1 billion in 2022 and is expected to reach $2,049.7 billion by 2032. Brands that are looking to capitalize on this market growth should be adopting innovations like the EEASY Lid.

Here are some photos from our exciting few days in Chicago:

We are already looking forward to next year’s PLMA!

EEASY Cooking this Thanksgiving

Celebrated each year in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday of November, Thanksgiving is a holiday focused on gratitude, family, friends and food. When it comes to food, the traditional Thanksgiving spread often includes turkey and/or ham, with a smorgasbord of sides including stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn and green bean casserole. On average, Americans serve five side dishes on their Thanksgiving table each year. Then there are the desserts – pumpkin pie, sweet potato pie, pecan pie and apple pie to name a few.

Much of that food is homemade. According to consumer behavior analytics company Circana, “consumers rely more heavily on homemade and fresh-prepared foods for their Thanksgiving meal compared to the typical meal throughout the year.” Data from the company revealed that 77% of special Thanksgiving meals include completely homemade foods.

Source: Circana

This year, Thanksgiving celebrations, on average, are expected to include nine people. Preparing the Thanksgiving meal for gatherings both large and small requires a lot of time spent in the kitchen. Between cooking the main dish, making the gravy, preparing casseroles, and baking desserts, the average amount of time it takes for a host to prepare the holiday feast is 9.6 hours.

While the meal is a big part of Thanksgiving, an even bigger part of the holiday is spending time with family and friends. Hosts want to spend more time socializing with their guests – and less time in the kitchen.

Innovative packaging solutions like CCT’s EEASY Lid are just the ticket for making meal prep less time consuming. Aptly named, the EEASY Lid makes opening jars up to 50% easier than traditional jar lids. In fact, the EEASY Lid takes an average of 9 in-lb of torque to open a jar compared to the 40-50 in-lb of torque it takes to open a traditional jar lid. That means no more time wasted struggling to open stubborn jar lids.

Home cooking shouldn’t involve a wrestling match with jar lids in the process of meal prep. That’s why we are working hard to increase the EEASY Lid’s availability on jarred products across brands. We recently announced that Chilau Foods became the fourth brand to adopt the EEASY Lid. The EEASY Lid can currently be found atop products in over 250 Wegmans, Stop & Shop, Price Chopper and Tops Friendly Markets stores in addition to select specialty grocers in the Northeast. The EEASY Lid is also being used on products in EDEKA Kempken stores in Krefeld, Germany.

This Thanksgiving, we hope everyone spends less time in the kitchen and more time celebrating with family and friends.

Chilau Foods Adopts EEASY Lid for its Full Line of Southern-Inspired Stew Bases

We are excited to share the news that the EEASY Lid will top jars of Chilau Foods’ southern-inspired stew bases. With this new partnership, the EEASY Lid will be available on products in roughly 600 stores across 12 states by early 2024.

Chilau Foods is switching to the EEASY Lid for all of its products, providing its consumers with a new level of accessibility. Chilau’s products are currently available in nearly 350 stores across the U.S., including Winn-Dixie, Market Street, Albertsons, United Supermarkets, Harveys Supermarkets, and Plum Market. The EEASY Lid will be available on all Chilau products in these stores by the end of Q1 2024.

CCT’s partnership with Chilau Foods marries an easily accessible jar opening experience with an easy and convenient cooking experience. Aligning perfectly with the ultimate convenience of Chilau’s stew bases, which help produce unbelievable flavor in less time, the EEASY Lid makes opening jars quick and easy, reducing the amount of torque needed to twist off the lid by up to 50%.

In a press release announcing the partnership, Michael Anderson, founder of Chilau Foods, said: “We’ve always been a company that makes cooking easy for consumers. As we expand, the EEASY Lid allows us to provide our customers with an unbeatable cooking experience, starting with accessible packaging.”

Chilau Foods is the fourth brand to adopt the EEASY Lid. The EEASY Lid can currently be found atop products in over 250 Wegmans, Stop & Shop, Price Chopper and Tops Friendly Markets stores in addition to select specialty grocers in the Northeast. The EEASY Lid is also being used on products in EDEKA Kempken stores in Krefeld, Germany.

Commenting on the partnership announcement, CCT president Brandon Bach said: “With this partnership, Chilau Foods is helping make accessible packaging the norm rather than the exception. It’s great to see more brands adopt the EEASY Lid to help address consumer needs.”

It’s an exciting time at CCT as more and more brands adopt the EEASY Lid to provide an unprecedented level of accessibility to their jarred food products.

Watch this space for news and updates on how the EEASY Lid is taking over grocery store shelves one brand at a time to make packaging more accessible.