Polymers for Drinks Vending Applications

Impact: Economic impacts, Technological impacts

Narrative

Research at the University of Manchester has supported the development of drinks vending systems for Mars Drinks. The research has demonstrated that a detailed understanding of the relationship between the structure and properties of the polymeric components is vital for the design and performance of two drinks vending systems, Flavia (single-portion fresh beverages) and Klix (in-cup beverages). This research has contributed to major improvements in materials selection, quality control, cost reduction and performance. These drinks vending systems were developed originally in the UK in collaboration with the University of Manchester, with Flavia now also manufactured in the USA and marketed worldwide by Mars Drinks with an estimated sales value of > US$400m per annum.

Category of impact

  • Economic impacts
  • Technological impacts
Date
2014

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