In an article published on August 24, 2017 by news provider EcoWatch, writer Dan Nosowitz reported on dissolvable milk capsules that could replace coffee creamer packaged in small, single-serve plastic containers. The milk capsules were developed by researchers at Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany, who published their work in the peer-reviewed journal Chemical Engineering & Technology. The new product comprises a single serving of milk, encapsulated in a sugar crust. The crust can consist of sucrose or sweetener alternatives such as erythritol. The capsule is designed as a single-piece solution to be dropped into a cup of hot drink such as coffee. The hot drink dissolves the sugar crust and thus both the sweetener and the milk are released into the beverage. The capsules can be kept at room temperature for up to three weeks. According to the researchers, “the capsules could replace the small, extremely unpractical coffee creamer packaging that is used in great quantities at conferences or on airplanes.”

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Dan Nosowitz (August 24, 2017). “Dissolvable milk and sugar pods could replace single-serve containers.EcoWatch

MLU (August 17, 2017). “Researchers develop dissolvable, easy-to-use milk capsules.

David Nield (August 21, 2017). “New dissolvable milk pods for your coffee are going to save tons of plastic packaging.Science Alert


Wellner, M. and Ulrich, J. (2017). “Design of dissolvable milk containers for convenient handling.Chemical Engineering & Technology