Aseptic HDPE solution to expand opportunity for food manufacturers to meet consumer demand for “on-the-go” food and beverages
Vernon Hills, Ill. (December 09, 2002)—Tetra Pak, the world’s leading food processing and packaging equipment company, has opened up a new growth opportunity for food and beverage manufacturers. Tetra Pak announces the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s acceptance of the Tetra Plast™ LFA-20 Aseptic Filling Technology at Jasper Products in Joplin, Missouri. The LFA-20 at Jasper Products is the first FDA accepted linear aseptic filler for HDPE bottles in commercial use for low acid food and beverages. With the technology, Tetra Pak customers can now commercially fill low acid products into HDPE plastic containers and distribute them without refrigeration. This technology offers consumers the convenient, safe and portable products they demand, with the high quality taste and nutritional delivery provided by aseptic technology.
With this development, Tetra Pak can help manufacturers to take low acid products to more places and consumer usage occasions, through more channels than ever before. Tetra Pak’s aseptic HDPE solution provides new options for low acid products with dairy ingredients such as flavored milks, infant formulas, nutritional drinks, and prepared foods, to reach consumers in outlets such as convenience stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, foodservice, and vending. Many manufacturers that are currently packaging products in metal or glass can now use aseptic HDPE bottles that are lighter and have more flexibility in bottle shape, size and design for product differentiation, shelf impact and brand image. This development in HDPE plastic could potentially challenge retort cans as the primary package and process for low acid products.
“We understand today’s consumer trends and are helping our customers to leverage expanded opportunities for their products,” said Jeff Kellar, vice president of marketing, Tetra Pak. “With its vast experience, Tetra Pak is also in position to help its customers work through the regulatory processes in aseptic technology, ultimately bringing products to market more efficiently.”
In addition to the LFA20 filling technology, Tetra Pak has developed a critical bottle manufacturing capability at Jasper Products. Using multi-layer extrusion technology, Tetra Pak is able to protect the product after filling with the appropriate barrier technology, and create the optimal bottle designs to maximize the aseptic performance of the package. Tetra Pak’s unique sealed-neck, superior hygiene technology for HDPE bottles protects the interior of the unfilled bottles, maximizes performance in the LFA-20 filler, and insures the highest quality and product safety.
“Tetra Pak, Jasper Products and Dover Brooks, the process authority, have all worked extremely hard to finalize the development and prove the safety and efficacy of the LFA20 low acid filling system according to the regulatory requirements,” said Kellar.
“With Tetra Pak aseptic plastic systems already running in Argentina and Turkey, the acceptance of the technology in the U.S. is a meaningful step toward providing our new technology to customers everywhere around the world.”
Tetra Pak frequently assists customers to test and evaluate their new product propositions in both carton and plastic package solutions at the Tetra Pak Pilot Plant in Denton, Texas. At this highly confidential, state-of–the-art facility, experts help food and beverage manufacturers to formulate products, conduct shelf life studies and produce product samples for test market studies. Customers who take advantage of the Pilot Plant experience the benefit of a collaborative approach to new product releases, which helps to increase their speed to market.
With fifty years of worldwide experience and nearly 100 billion Tetra Brik packages sold this year, Tetra Pak sees the FDA acceptance of the LFA20 at Jasper Products as the start of a new chapter in the company’s ability to provide complete processing and packaging solutions, further affirming the company’s global commitment to making food safe and available, everywhere.
For more information on Tetra Pak’s plastics solutions, please contact Jeff Kellar at 847-955-6680 or at [email protected].
About Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is a privately held company of Swedish origin, headquarted in Lausanne, Switzerland. The company delivered its first packaging system 50 years ago, in 1952. Established in the United States in 1984, Tetra Pak Inc. develops, produces and markets complete processing and packaging solutions, and commits to making food safe and available everywhere. Best known for its aseptic processing and packaging solutions, Tetra Pak is also an innovative provider of plastic bottling solutions and provides systems engineering, packaging materials, technical field services and spare parts support in the United States. For more information on Tetra Pak, please visit www.tetrapakusa.com/grow. ###