Smurfit Kappa develops new Thermo Bag-in-Box packaging for fresh apple juice market

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Smurfit Kappa develops new Thermo Bag-in-Box packaging for fresh apple juice market

June 12, 2018 - 02:54

DUBLIN, Ireland, June 11, 2018 (Press Release) -Smurfit Kappa, leader in complete Bag-in-Box packaging solutions, has expanded its range of packaging solutions for the fresh apple juice market.

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in Box developed the Thermo Bag to meet the specifications of hot filling which is a commonly used processing method in the drinks industry. During hot filling, the product is pressed, filtered, pasteurised, heated and filled at a high temperature to facilitate sterilisation and then immediately cooled for preservation and taste. This method has the advantage of extending shelf life, removing any harmful microorganisms, reducing costs and simplifying the process.

Hot filling is widely used in the production of fresh (not from concentrate) apple juice which has grown increasingly popular due to its freshness and health benefits. Bag-in-Box packaging is an attractive option for both consumers and producers because in addition to maintaining the product’s quality it is eco-friendly and cost-efficient.

Smurfit Kappa’s innovative new Thermo Bag is a barrier bag made from special coextruded PE film (MDPE for thermo-resistance and LLDPE for flexibility) and EVOH for oxygen barrier.

“Thanks to their low carbon footprint and extended shelf life, our Bag-in-Box products offer a more sustainable choice of packaging for many industries and Smurfit Kappa relentlessly continues to develop higher performance materials for the drinks market,” said Thierry Minaud, CEO of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box.

“The Thermo Bag is bringing competitive advantage to producers and enhanced quality to consumers.”

Smurfit Kappa’s Thermo Bag is a further example of the company’s extensive capabilities in the drinks industry.

About Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa, a FTSE 100 company, is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 46,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries and with revenue of €8.6 billion in 2017. We are located in 22 countries in Europe, and 13 in the Americas. We are the only large-scale panregional player in Latin America.

With our proactive team we relentlessly use our extensive experience and expertise, supported by our scale, to open up opportunities for our customers. We collaborate with forward-thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. We have an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of our integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and our packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from our own paper mills.

Our products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of our customers.

About Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box

Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box provides flexible packaging solutions for liquid and semi-liquid products in the agro-food and industrial sectors, meeting cost constraints and the new environmental regulations. With its eight factories throughout the world, Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box is the European leader for Bag-in-Box solutions and its Vitop tap is number one worldwide for wine taps.