Numerous processors of drinkable yogurts, other ready-to-drink (RTD) dairy beverages and RTD nondairy beverages rely on blow-molded bottles for their products. In many cases, these bottles are produced elsewhere and delivered to the processing facilities.
A U.S. dairy processor that had been blow-molding containers for drinkable yogurts decided to source them from a custom molder. But the drinks proved to be so popular, that the supply chain was stressed. The processor returned to in-house blow-molding of the 7-ounce and 32-ounce containers.
Vendors of blow-molding equipment offer more than machinery. Dairy processors can turn to them for advice about package design and manufacturing efficiencies.
December 1, 2011
Companies that build machinery to produce, trim and handle packages are a valuable resource to the package designer, says Brian Dowler of Graham Engineering, York, Pa. Their experience with a broad array of packages can benefit a dairy processor.Lessons that equipment vendors learned in one application, such as the production of bottles for non-food applications, often can be applied to produce innovative options for food packages as well, he says. Container light weighting is one example.