US-based packaging research and development company International Dispensing (IDC) has announced a strategic alliance with Sealed Air to develop an aseptic filler for bag-in-box (BIB) products.
IDC claims that the ultra-high-speed aseptic BIB filling equipment has been designed to fill at speeds of up to four to five times faster than standard aseptic fillers.
Italian company Alfa Laval designed and manufactured the filler.
The filler is expected to fill a global demand, particularly from high volume aseptic producers who can leverage on the operational advantages of a higher output system.
IDC's aseptic tap, The Answer, is said to be the inspiration for the development of the filler, the potential reach of which extends beyond ready-to-drink beverages to a range of BIB foodservice categories.
Concentrates, coffee creamers, smoothie bases, cheese sauces, soups, stocks, salsas, syrups and ketchup are a few of the products that are packaged in BIB.
The filler is expected to create an additional profit centre for IDC, besides improving its ability to market the aseptic tap by offering a complete packaging solution.
IDC founder and CEO Greg Abbott said the advantages of lower cost per fluid ounce, less packaging material and lower carbon footprint that could increase from a large-format aseptic package can be gained on a mass scale for the company and Sealed Air.
"When one adds to the equation that The Answer® safely and continuously dispenses aseptic products without the need for refrigeration, as if the package has never been opened, IDC offers a compelling competitive advantage that addresses many of today's global packaging challenges," Abbott said.
Sealed Air, a global company engaged in food safety, product protection, and facility hygiene, is present in 62 countries and has annual sales of about $7.6bn in 2012.