Rapak, a division of DS Smith Plastics, is to present its new flexible packaging solution for fruit juice producers at the IPACK-IMA 2018 event taking in Milan, Italy, later this month.

The solution is designed to provide a more attractive and hygienic solution for juice producers. It features a VINIflow dispensing tap and special monolayer bag for hot-filling.

Based on a forecast made by the Transparency Market Research, the juice flexible packaging market is projected to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6%, from $62.6m this year to $102.6m by the end of 2024.

The VINIflow dispensing tap is designed to offer convenient pouring, better oxygen transmission rate and directional flow.

“The VINIflow dispensing tap is designed to offer convenient pouring, better oxygen transmission rate and directional flow.”

Suitable for juice and soft drinks, the dispenser features an aseptic tab seal, which caters to juice producers who use water baths to cool bags after hot-fill and require a closed nozzle area to prevent contamination build-up. The aseptic seal further allows producers to ensure hygienic filling and food safety.

Rapak will also use the IPACK-IMA event to showcase a range of dispensing taps, tubes and fitments for flexible packaging juice specially made for the foodservice industry and dispensing machines.

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The company’s monolayer bag was created to meet the needs of hot-fill juice producers as the air doesn’t get trapped contrary to what happens with the traditional twin-ply bags where patches of air are trapped between layers.

Made of Nylon EVOH laminate, the product prevents the contamination of condensation in the bag layers, making it suitable for hot-fill applications.

The company said that the bag was approved by the EU and FDA for direct food contact and does not contain phthalates, heavy metals and Bisphenol A.

The company has been offering flexible packaging solutions for fruit juices since the 1970s.