Aseptic carton supplier SIG and micro encapsulation technology provider AnaBio Technologies have produced aseptic packaging for a long-life probiotic yogurt.

The new solution, which combines AnaBio’s encapsulation technology with SIG’s aseptic filling technology, will now allow food and beverage companies to produce probiotic beverages with live probiotics in carton packs and spouted pouches.

AnaBio’s patented technology coats probiotic cells, such as Lactobacillus strains, with a protective layer, to withstand high temperatures during processing.

SIG, which specialises in aseptic filling, implemented specific filling and processing parameters for homogenous suspension of probiotic cells a pack.

The new product category is shelf-stable for extended periods without the need for refrigeration, thereby fulfilling the demand for healthy and nutritious probiotic beverages, in sustainable and convenient packaging.

SIG chief market officer Christoph Wegener said: “With the creation of a new product category, both SIG and AnaBio are providing beverage and food manufacturers with a pioneering solution to overcome the current limitations of fresh probiotic beverages.

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“Our innovation offers lower distribution costs as no refrigeration is required, longer shelf life, increased reach and less food wastage for both retailers and consumers. Aseptic probiotic yogurt drinks demonstrate our continuous drive to innovate to rapidly meet changing consumer needs, while offering high product quality and longer shelf life in sustainable packaging. Our aseptic carton packs are proven to be one of the most sustainable packaging solutions in the market.”

Last month, SIG revealed plans to raise the proportion of fibre in its aseptic carton structure by at least 90% by the end of this decade.