Funding of £1.5 million available to drive innovation in large-scale refillable packaging for liquids


UK Research & Innovation’s Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging (SSPP) challenge has launched a £1.5 million competition to look at liquid food and beverage refillable packaging.

The aim of the funding competition is to drive adoption of reusable and refillable packaging by retailers, brands and consumers.


Business-led innovation projects demonstrating in-store refill systems for high volume liquid food and drink products can bid for the funding. Projects must include at least one large retail chain or brand owner and involve in-store trials in five or more stores lasting at least six months.

SSPP Challenge director Paul Davidson said: “Supporting reuse and refill is critical to reducing single-use plastic packaging.

“For this competition, we are looking for bold and ambitious innovation proposals that can help to bring refill into the mainstream for every-day liquid products such as milk, soft drinks and sauces. It is about making it easy, convenient and cost-effective for consumers, retailers and the retail supply chain.”

The competition runs until 25 October 2023 and more details are available at