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Ultimate convenience: combiSwift screw cap

Ultimate convenience: combiSwift screw cap now also on food carton packs from SIG Combibloc

Press Release September 12 2014

Ultimate convenience: combiSwift screw cap now also on food carton packs from SIG Combibloc

The combiSwift screw cap is now also available for food carton packs from SIG Combibloc. This screw cap offers ultimate convenience when opening the carton packs, and when pouring and portioning out long-life foods such as soups, sauces, tomato products and desserts. Because the carton packs can be reclosed, the products are still protected after initial opening.

Hanno Bertling, Global Product Manager for Opening Solutions at SIG Combibloc: "combiSwift is one of our most modern screw caps. It’s designed specifically to suit consumers’ need for convenience. The closure, made from high-quality, recyclable plastic, can be opened effortlessly with a single twist. The convenient opening behaviour is due to the fact that the closure is applied over a laminated hole, and on first opening the consumer only has to pierce razor-thin aluminium and polymer layers. To make this technique work, holes of the correct size are first punched into the carton and these holes are then coated with aluminium and polymers".

At the premises of SIG Combibloc’s customers, the three-part closure is applied to the outside of the carton pack after the aseptic filling of the product and subsequent sealing of the carton pack inside the filling machine. It consists of a flange with an integrated cutting ring and a cap. The ring integrated into the flange opens the thin layers with a twisting motion. The closure has an overall height of 12.6 mm and weighs 2.7 grams.

combiSwift made its market debut in 2006. The closures were initially applied to carton packs for milk and dairy products, and were very well-received by consumers. Since then, more and more manufacturers have opted for carton packs with combiSwift. The closure has since also become widely established in the field of non-carbonated beverages, and in the area of liquid food products which can be filled on standard filling machines from SIG Combibloc for NCSD products. This includes, for instance, a variety of stocks and soups, certain sauces and tomato products such as passata, as well as dessert sauces and puddings.

With the launch of combiSwift for carton packs made of a special food composite to fill food products on aseptic food filling machines from SIG Combibloc, the product range is expanding once again. These food carton packs are aimed for more viscous products that also have a higher free-fat content. Hanno Bertling: "When handling products such as sauces and soups containing chunks of meat or vegetables, stocks with a higher free-fat content, chunky tomatoes or thicker desserts, an easy-to-use and reclosable screw cap is hugely practical. And it gives an added benefit for food manufacturers, also: with this extra feature, the products are clearly differentiated from competing packaging on the sales shelf, and grab the interest of consumers to whom our combiSwift offers a high degree of additional convenience".

Gallina Blanca: Consistent concept
One of the first customers to bring out products in food carton packs with combiSwift from SIG Combibloc is Gallina Blanca. The home-made broths from Gallina Blanca are made from carefully selected ingredients. Without preservatives and low in fat, they obtain a natural and home-made flavour and at the same time they help to take a varied and balanced diet. The range of home-made broths is composed by different varieties to satisfy the tastes and needs of all consumers: chicken broth, chicken broth low in salt, soft chicken broth, fish broth, broth of stew, broth of Escudella, meat broth, vegetable broth and broth of free-range chicken. In addition the varieties easy broth for Paella and easy broth for Fideua (Spanish meals) were lately presented to the market. The products are available in combiblocSlimline 1,000 ml with the easy-to-open combiSwift screw cap.

Bertling: "Uses such as these are excellent examples of the quality of performance that combiSwift delivers in conjunction with our food carton packs; not just in Europe, but also in North America, for instance, where Lassonde has various soups and pasta sauces selling well in carton packs with combiSwift".

Contact:

Heike Thevis – Press Officer
SIG International Services GmbH
Rurstraße 58, D-52441 Linnich, Germany
Tel.: +49 2462 79 2608
Fax: +49 2462 79 17 2608
Email: heike.thevis@sig.biz