The rising cognizance of people on ecological issues has risen the need for environmentally friendly solutions in packaging. Nowadays, buyers have an understanding of products critical impact on the environment; therefore, opt for sustainable packaging solutions. One of the most recent advancements being done in eco-friendly packaging solutions is biodegradable packaging. Many research groups around the globe are actively participating in developing components like decomposable films for the production of biodegradable packaging products.
Aseptic Processing System equips materials such as paper and paperboard, glass and wood, polymeric compounds that are biodegradable in nature. It is a procedure where commercially, thermally sterilized products are marketed in sterile conditions to increase the product’s shelf life without using preservations.
The market for aseptic processing has gained momentum in recent years, attributable to the rapid requirement from the dairy beverage sector as the products are highly sensitive to temperature, thus vulnerable to spoil. The sector includes ultra-high temperature processing products like concentrated and condensed milk, cream, etc., which undergo aseptic processing to ensure long shelf life without refrigeration and discarding added preservatives for inhibiting decomposition while maintaining the colour, nutrition and taste.
The recent innovation in aseptic technology has made it a choice adoption in food and beverage packaging. Even buyers are pleased with the flexibility provided by the technology and have also witnessed the difference in product quality and flavour. The highest demand in the market is from the dairy industry, in terms of cartons as they are a cost-friendly, efficient and appropriate substitute to other types of packaging. In addition, the benefit of shelf stability at ambient temperatures allows the manufactures to transport and store a range of products with an outspread customer base across the country or even internationally.
Another trend entertaining significant amendments in product designing – packaging is clean labels. Consumers scrutinize the ingredient lists and prefer products without any added chemicals. Here Aseptic cartons prove a good fit as manufacturers can fulfil the consumer demand with a clear ingredient list of the product while budgeting the shipping and storage in their favour.
Furthermore, in comparison to traditional hot fill and retort processing, Aseptic processing implicates low temperatures that safeguard the ingredient quality, health benefits and sensory properties, which cannot be prevented in hot processing. Moreover, aseptic packaging is a shorter process, hence, boost the production, leading the product to reach the market before the stipulated time.
Several companies in the market are joining hands with solution providers to implement their services, boosting their substantial growth. For instance, Nestlé partnered in 2018 with SIG (Germany) for its aseptic services and solutions to boost the shelf life of their foods and beverages. In addition, in the same year, Tetra Pak (Switzerland) collaborated with Al Rabie Saudi Foods Co. Ltd. to adopt Tetra Pak’s aseptic packaging services and solutions.
In terms of beverages, companies are implementing advanced packaging solutions to increase the shelf life and protect from micro-organisms. For instance, Keventer (India), one of the leading food and beverage companies collaborated with Tetra Pak in 2018 and introduced “Keventer Milk”, using Tetra Pak’s aseptic processing and packaging technology to offer a safe and healthy product without using preservatives. Also, in 2018, Zumosol (Spain) and Elopak partnered and re-launched their organic juices in “Pure-Pak Sense cartons” (Natural Brown Board).
The above benefits represent that aseptic processing is a safer substitute over conventional packaging made from glass and PET in the food and beverage packaging industry. Moreover, the environmental concerns and awareness, oblige the manufacturers to deploy eco-friendly packaging, will certainly raise the graph for aseptic processing market globally.