Italy-based Centrale del Latte di Brescia has invested in Sidel’s blow-fill-cap solution with dry preform decontamination Combi Predis for the packaging of its UHT milk in PET bottles.
Sidel says that the Italian company has doubled the production of the milk in PET bottles while using its aseptic and environmentally friendly sustainable packaging line.
Sidel sensitive products category director Guillaume Rolland said: “PET packaging solutions really offer dairy products the possibility to retain their fresh taste, vitamin content, texture and colour from production to storage, including shipment and distribution.
“The opaque barrier PET we use, combined with the dry preform decontamination process, offers great product safety. We do not need to use any aluminium lid as the tightness between injected bottle neck and cap is very reliable, and the consumers really appreciate this.”
For the Italian firm, going with the aseptic Combi Predis was a major step forward in terms of food safety and sustainable production. The solution is also said to offers cost-savings, with no water and only minimal amounts of chemicals used by the Sidel dry preform decontamination technology.
The blower oven of the Combi Predis activates the sterilising effect of the hydrogen peroxide vapour. This eliminates the need for additional heating of the preforms.
Centrale del Latte di Brescia plant director Paolo Bonometti said: “We are really satisfied with the solution benefits in terms of food safety, top production quality and reliability, cost-effective and environmentally friendly production.
“Compared with PET lines equipped with a stand-alone blower and aseptic filler with wet bottle decontamination, it is also easier to operate and maintain.”