For the very first time, the local Italian milk producer Fattoria Latte Sano have switched their ultra-high-temperature (UHT) milk production from carton to aseptic PET with a new safe and simple packaging line, featuring Sidel’s proven Aseptic Combi Predis™. Combined with a new bottle design, it opens the door to sustainable business growth with flexibility for future shelf stable dairy production needs for their own brand and private labels.
Boosting milk production capacity with aseptic PET bottling solution
Although the Italian market is still dominated by milk packaged in carton or high-density polyethylene (HPDE), bottling milk in PET is becoming more and more popular in the country, offering a higher perceived value for the consumer.
Fattoria Latte Sano have switched their production of extended shelf life (ESL) and UHT milk to the 100% recyclable PET packaging material. “A combination of the market demand and our willingness to pursue a sustainable business practice encouraged us to choose Sidel’s proven aseptic PET packaging solution with its integrated blow-fill-seal solution based on the dry preform sterilisation technology,” comments Marco Lorenzoni, President at Fattoria Latte Sano.
Another key element was the approval of the Aseptic Combi Predis by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in 2017, validated for low acid manufacturing and commercial distribution in the United States. This made it the first aseptic bottling solution with the dry preform sterilisation technology in the world.
Sidel’s team of engineers worked in close collaboration with the Fattoria Latte Sano team to design the most optimised line layout, which features a relatively small footprint, to install and validate it. They also provided the right support to the customer team by improving their operational routines and guiding them in terms of good manufacturing practices. “Since the successful start-up in January 2019, the aseptic complete PET line maintains the highest food safety standards, production simplicity and flexibility as well as the ergonomic aspects we were looking for,” explains Marco Lorenzoni.
Additionally, the line gives freedom in terms of production schedule and product range; it can manage multiple SKUs with a variety of four different types of milk – whole, partially skimmed, skimmed and organic – produced aseptically in 1 L and 500 ml bottle formats with different label types according to the produced brands. In respect for environment, the line also guarantees a significant reduction in water and chemical consumption.