Q&A with Markus Schlumberger, Director of Sales Ampack GmbH.
Why is aseptic packaging and processing a growing trend? What is propelling its growth?
With roughly one third of the food produced in the world (approximately 1.3 billion tons) being lost or wasted, the market demands innovative solutions that will prevent further food loss. With the use of aseptic filling products can stay outside the cooling chain up to 12 months regardless of climate conditions. Moreover, the rapidly growing human population and the changes in eating habits (focus on nutritious and ready-to-go products) influence the need for aseptic packaging. Last but not least, as food safety regulations continue to strengthen, by using aseptic filling machines food producers are able to minimize downtime and product waste, ensure consistently high product quality and focus on what they do best – to develop and deliver fresh and safe products to consumers every day.
Are consumers aware of aseptic packaging? And how do they respond to it?
Aseptic packaging is a standard in the industry – for sensitive products, like dairy, baby food and nutraceuticals, there is no safer way to eliminate the risk of contamination and prolong the products’ shelf life. A good example is a successful installation of an aseptic machine at Italian Plasmon© brand for baby food, part of global Heinz Group, which allowed to increase product safety three times – from one fault for every 10,000 products to one fault per 30,000. Additionally, the newly introduced reusable, recyclable plastic pots are 89 percent lighter than the original glass jars, leading to a decrease in shipping costs. Last but not least, customers reported that upon tasting the aseptically packaged food before feeding their babies, they noticed that it now tasted like fresh food and thus positively influenced their future purchase decision.
What are some of the aseptic filling equipments you have recently launched?
At this year’s interpack trade show, Bosch debuted its new FCL 3080 A. The aseptic linear filling and sealing machine for dairy, baby food and nutraceuticals is designed for enhanced product safety, efficiency, flexibility and ease-of-use. It features a smaller aseptic chamber to improve product control, thus minimizing the risk of food contamination. In terms of flexibility, the eight-lane linear filler handles two different cup diameters – e.g. 75 and 95 millimeters– at speeds of up to 20,000 cups per hour. The solution fills a broad range of products into various pack styles, including products with particles up to 25 millimeters in diameter inside. Offering two different hygienic executions (ultra-clean or aseptic), it is an ideal solution for products requiring a longer shelf life outside the cooling chain – from 4 to 6 weeks or up to 12 months, the highest level available on the market.
What do you see for the future of aseptic packaging?
Taking into consideration the rising consumption of dairy products, like yogurts (e.g. in Asia), the continuously trending functional and healthy foods and all of the above mentioned benefits, we believe that aseptic packaging will become the preferred solution for dairy manufacturers in the next 5 to 10 years.
 SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food loss and Waste Reduction, http://www.fao.org/save-food/resources/keyfindings/en/
 United Nations, World Ubranization prospects, 2014, https://esa.un.org/unpd/wup/publications/files/wup2014-highlights.Pdf
 Dairy Reporter, Which nations are the dairy growth of tomorrow, based on Mitel Top Growing Countries for Dairy in the next 5 years report, http://www.dairyreporter.com/Markets/Which-nations-are-the-dairy-growth-markets-of-tomorrow
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