Canada-based food company SunOpta has completed the installation of filling lines at three of its consumer products facilities in Pennsylvania, California and Minnesota.
The company installed multi-serve fillers at each of its facilities, allowing it to serve organic dairy and nutritional drinks. A single-serve (200/250ml) filler was also installed at its Modesto, California operation.
SunOpta has an annual aseptic beverage production capacity of around 400 million quarts with the new fillers in place.
The company installed additional flexible re-sealable pouch-filling lines at its Allentown, Pennsylvania facility, taking its total pouch-filling capacity to around 140 million units.
The expanded capacity enables the company to broaden its pouch-filling applications beyond fruit-based foods to include adult nutritional foods, drinks and functional and fortified foods.
SunOpta chief executive officer Steve Bromley said that the company wishes to continue to grow its Allentown and Modesto businesses to accommodate further expansion.
"Continued expansion of our value-added flexible re-sealable pouch and aseptic beverage capabilities remains a key strategic objective designed to leverage our integrated field to table capabilities," Bromley added.
Image: The filler line installations will enable SunOpta bring a new packaging format to its customers. Photo: courtesy of SunOpta Inc.