IMA Dairy & Food USA (formerly OYSTAR USA)– whose parent company develops and manufactures complete packaging lines and individual machines for the dairy and food industries – worked closely with its customer, the Triballat-Noyal dairy company of France, to develop a unique 125g cup for its organic yogurt brand Vrai.  The cup is comprised of environmentally efficient polystyrene (PS) foil.

The cup features an innovative curvilinear square bottom, which makes it easier to spoon out the yogurt.  IMA Erca worked closely with Triballat-Noyal to create a modern design for the cup that would draw consumer attention amid increasingly cluttered organic yogurt shelf space.  The collaboration was a successful one: Upon introduction of the new packaging, the brand saw a significant spike in market share.

For this product relaunch, Triballat utilized an IMA Erca EF 320L Form-Fill-Seal (FFS) Machine, which represented an increase in production capabilities from previous FFS equipment – a move that mirrored the dairy’s heightened goals in the organic segment. 

The EF 320L FFS Machine can process upwards of 20,000 cups per hour at 18 to 30 cycles per minute, and has a maximum forming depth of 100mm. It is available in clean, ultra clean, and aseptic formats.  Triballat is using the FFS machine for ultra-clean hygienic operations, which incorporates a Class 10 laminar flow system or tunnel suitable for sanitization, a Class 100 laminar flow system over the lidding foil zone and machine inlet, an UVC area for lidding foil and a bacteriological filter for the forming air.

IMA Erca’s EF Series of form-fill-seal machines are designed to fill a wide range of pasty-to-liquid products at different outputs and hygiene levels – including aseptic filling – efficiently and at high capacity.  More than 2,000 FFS machines have been delivered to many of the world’s leading dairy and food manufacturers, amounting to billions of cups formed, filled and sealed by EF thermoforming machines on a daily basis.

About IMA Group

IMA Group is world leader in the design and manufacture of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, tea, coffee and food. The Group has approximately 4,600employees and 34production plants in Italy, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States, India and China as well as a global sales and service network. IMA Group is active in more than 80 countries.

IMA Dairy & Food USA serves the dairy and food industries with a portfolio covering nearly all areas of packaging machine application, including:

  • Filling and sealing machines (FS) for preformed cups and bottles, and forming, filling and sealing machines (FFS) for packaging products in the food, dairy, and beverage segments (filled up to the aseptic level), as well as wrapping machines for packaging butter, margarine, processed cheese etc.
  • Aseptic vertical form, fill and seal machines for stick packs / pouches (with the corresponding dosing systems) as well as FS and FFS machines for packaging single portions of coffee, honey, jam, etc.

IMA Dairy & Food’smain office in the United States is located in Edison, NJ.  For more information, call (732) 343-7600or visit