Austrian dairy company Gmundner Dairy is set to roll out new aluminium layer (alu-layer)-free aseptic 1,000ml milk carton packs from next month.

The dairy company is planning to use the new combiblocMidi 1,000ml pack for its premium milk range under the Gmundner Milch brand. It will start selling in the Austrian market in May.

This effort is expected to benefit consumers by providing high-quality products that require no refrigeration as well as by minimising the overall environmental impact.

Gmundner Dairy managing director Christoph Engl said: “As the first producer in Austria to bring shelf-stable milk to the market in a carton pack without an aluminium layer, we are pleased to be working with SIG to set a new, sustainable impulse in the field of packaging.”

The new carton packs feature combibloc ECOPLUS packaging material that comprises renewable paperboard, sourced from Forest Stewardship Council-certified forests and similar controlled sources.

Instead of alu-layer, the carton packs will have additional ultra-thin polymer layers that will help in safeguarding the milk for a long duration.

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Sig said that the new packaging solution will further push innovation in the shelf-stable milk category, while addressing the increasing requirements of consumers to minimise their carbon footprint by the use of more sustainable packaging.

Sig ISEEI Market Area head Giovanni Micheletto said: “Our aseptic carton packs already have a significantly lower environmental footprint compared to other packaging solutions due to their high proportion of renewable materials, light weight, and efficient design.”