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BencoPack release innovative packaging solution for ice tea

Supplier: HBM Plastics & Packaging Technologies
27 September, 2012

BencoPack Spa of Italy, a leading supplier of Aseptic Form Fill Seal machinery, have recently installed a new fully aseptic packaging line equipped with an Integrated Sleeve Applicator (ISA) for leading Italian beverage company — Fonti di Vinadio.

Fonti di Vinadio is a manufacturer of the famous Sant' Anna mineral water brand, for the packaging of their new ice-tea range of drinks called 'Santhé'.

The BencoPack Form Fill Seal PackLine will produce thermoformed single serve cups of 200ml that can be consumed via an attached straw or directly from the cup by pealing back the lid. The products will be available in 2x2 multipacks or 2x3 multipacks in real tea infusion flavours such as lemon, peach and green tea.

The ISA will enhance the products appearance as the 'Shrink-sleeve' process heat shrinks the labels as a skin to the walls of the cup, allowing for customised shapes and enhanced shelf appearance with the brighter graphics, compared to traditional paper labels.

The machine is pre-sterilised and maintained in sterile conditions by steam and hydrogen peroxide sprays. The packaging materials are sterilised and the process occurs inside a tunnel with an overpressure of sterile air. This aseptic packaging technology means that the Santhé products can be distributed with no need for a cold-chain and maintains excellent organoleptic properties which give the product a shelf life of 12 months.

The Fonti di Vinadio machine will produce 18,000 cups per hour from their 60,000m² facility which produces 7.5 million beverage containers per day.

BencoPack offers Form-Fill-Seal systems for mini-portions, single and thermoformed cups, in Hygenic, Ultra Clean and Aseptic versions, with over 350 machine installations worldwide.

BencoPack is represented in Oceania by HBM Packaging Technologies.