New containers include more graphically pleasing and environmentally friendly options
DIGITALLY PRINTED POUCHES
Cheer Pack North America said dairy brands are often looking to launch new products with high-quality graphics cost-effectively and quickly. Cheerpack’s Prism spouted pouches are digitally printed with photo-quality graphics. Brands may order as few as 50,000 pouches per SKU and avoid roto-cylinder or flexo-plate charges, resulting in significant savings in launch costs. Cheer Pack offers these pouches in aluminum or clear aluminum oxide for broad branding flexibility for cold-chain or ambient applications.
Darifill Inc. said its newly designed container for Prairie Farms Dairy is a hit with consumers. The tamper-evident heat seal ensures safety and security for consumers while meeting production team needs. The additional marketing canvas on the seal is a great way to convey product and brand quality. Consumers are able to enjoy their product without the hassle of difficult-to-remove tear strips or plastic bands.
Filtec said its Intellect Vision technology uses high-resolution grayscale and color charged-couple device technology, high-speed LED light strobes and image-processing algorithms to execute high-accuracy inspection measurements for high-speed production lines. Intellect conducts a 360-degree inspection that may be configured to provide a customer unique solutions for various inspection targets, including empty container evaluation, under-fill and overfill level inspection, container-closure inspection, label positioning, presence verification and bar code presence and verification.
U-BEND PAPER STRAW
The Paper Straw Co., the U.K.’s first paper straw manufacturer, and BillerudKorsnäs, a Swedish pulp and paper manufacturer, announced the launch of the first 180-degree paper straw for individual drink cartons such as juice, milk and water. The patent pending U-Bend paper straw will be available in the U.K. and United States later this year. The U-Bend straw is durable, food-safe and recyclable.
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RENEWABLE ICE CREAM PACKAGING
Stanpac added Sentinel renewable ice cream packaging to its product lineup. The paperboard is coated with a bioresin polyethylene made from sugarcane. It looks and performs like traditional resins. The paperboard itself is certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Chain of Custody Standard, meaning that trees used in the paper-making process came from forests that are managed responsibly. The packaging performs the same way as traditional ice cream packaging; the moisture barrier properties are the same, and the product looks the same. It also is recycled in the same way as existing poly-coated ice cream packaging, Stanpac said.
SUSTAINABLE ICE CREAM PINTS
Berry Global said its pint-sized containers are the clear solution in small-format ice cream packaging. Its plastic pints have enhanced options to differentiate brands — including substrate clarity, premium decoration and tamper-evident functionality. The container and lid options provide for direct-print and in-mold label decoration, and the containers can be sealed for a tamper-evident feature. The containers are molded using widely recyclable polypropylene (#5) resin. Berry is committed to providing sustainable packaging solutions for the dairy market.
Sidel’s Aseptic Combi Predis merges dry preform sterilization and aseptic blowing, filling and sealing functions within a single production enclosure. It also follows the fundamental practices that underpin aseptic packaging: producing a commercially sterile product that is filled in a sterile zone and put into a previously sterilized package, Sidel said. It differs from traditional aseptic technology because the package sterilization takes place during the preform stage rather than during the bottle phase. Sidel received FDA approval for its Aseptic Combi Predis blow-fill-seal filler, making the technology the first aseptic PET-filling equipment with dry preform sterilization validated for low-acid manufacturing and commercial distribution in the United States.