One of India’s largest manufacturers and exporters of beverages, Rasna International, wanted some eye-catching packaging for its fruit powder concentrate, so the company asked Uflex.

Rasna tasked Uflex to come up with a unique packaging solution, continuing a two-decade association between the companies.

What Uflex in turn came up with is all set to take the brand to the next level of customer delight. An all-new spouted profile stand-up pouch with side handle carrying Rasna Fruit Powder concentrate has pleasantly stirred up the retail shelves not only in India but overseas as well.

Explaining about the metamorphosed packaging, Mr Arun Anand, executive vice-president of marketing at Uflex Packaging, said: “Fruit powder concentrate is extremely hygroscopic. The powder has to be immaculately protected from moisture. Rasna wanted something very unique, enunciating strong customer pull at the point-of-sale (POS). We created a four-tier profiled packaging structure comprising polyester/ aluminium foil / polyester / polyethylene.

“While the foil imparts perfect barrier to water vapour and oxygen, we have incorporated two layers of polyester in the structure to lend sturdiness to the pouch carrying 750g of powder concentrate ensuring that the side handle does not snap while holding the pack. In this hourglass shaped profile pack, the handle has been provided with the help of a high precision tool on our sophisticated pouch making machine. This handle is formed inline and is pretty much a part of the overall torso of the pouch, making this packaging quite unique.

“The importance of aesthetics in FMCG remains paramount; therefore intricate profiling of the pouch has been done by the design engineers at Uflex. Rasna International banked upon our capabilities in making the pouch shape much more enticing for the consumers at the POS. Rasna’s stand-up spouted pouch with side handle and a bottom gusset is an 8 coloured rotogravure printed job with the inks manufactured by our chemicals business.

“High-performance adhesives also manufactured at Uflex Chemicals ensure high bond strength. The rotogravure cylinder has also been manufactured in-house. We have a specialised, high-calibre pouch making machine that is capable of rendering various profile shapes to the packs ensuring uniform and fool-proof seal-integrity to protect the fruit powder concentrate.

“The Dispensing Spout has been fused with the laminate using extremely high precision equipment under optimised temperature and pressure coordinates to ensure that the fusion is fool proof. The spout paves way for immense convenience to the consumers in pouring out just the required quantity of fruit powder concentrate to make that perfect and refreshing drink.”

Talking about the product that has hit the retail shelves in unique packaging manufactured by Uflex, Rasna Private Limited chairman and managing director Piruz Khambatta said: “Millennials who now form the most significant cohort of the global consumer demographics have grown up drinking Rasna as their favourite refreshing drink.

“Our association with Uflex is over two decades old and we are very glad that the packaging engineers at the company worked closely with our merchandisers to create a unique packaging for our fruit powder concentrate with an eclectic combination of aesthetics and pack functionalities upholding the ethos of Brand Rasna. The new packs look terrific on the retail shelves. We cherish our relationship with Uflex and look forward to exciting times ahead.”

Expressing delight about the transformational packaging developed by the company for Rasna Fruit Powder Concentrate, Mr Ashok Chaturvedi, Uflex Limited chairman and managing director, said: “Packaging is the skin for a brand. Not only this skin represents the characteristics of the product but also resonates with the underlying spirit of the Brand.

“Being fully integrated flexible packaging materials and solution company, my engineers across various verticals in perfect collaboration with each other developed a functionally deft and visually striking packaging solution celebrating the persona of brand Rasna.”