Global bag-in-box specialist, Rapak, explained that its new Intasept2 system, which is to be launched at Anuga FoodTec next month, also has a wider range of dispense fitments than the original version to make the technology more user-friendly for the specific applications or market it is being used for.
“This enables end users in markets such as fast food outlets and restaurants to use the aseptic technology in a much more efficient, intuitive manner, bringing more flexibility to the system in an increasingly fast moving food and drink industry,” said the company.
For aseptic applications, the key drivers from liquid food and beverage manufacturers are for extended shelf-life after opening. Normal milk packaging, once opened, only lasts for several days; aseptic bag-in-box can last up to a month.
The Intasept system uses a method that allows processors to achieve 100 per cent sterility throughout the filling process. It offers the security of heat-sealed closure both before and after filling and the assurance of a sterile and completely enclosed product transfer path, claims the manufacturer.
Stephanie Humez, global marketing manager at Rapak, said that while the focus of the Intasept system is very much on optimising shelf-life after opening without compromising hygiene, the development of Intasept2 was also driven by a requirement to increase filling speeds to make it more suitable for high-volume retail applications.
She told FoodProductionDaily.com that the technology is suitable for any liquid product that requires aseptic filling such as dairy and cold-fill juices.
Distributors and retailers can benefit from the Intasept format with the option to choose from two, three, five, 10 and 20 litre capacities as well as commercial applications as large as 1,400 litres, said the company.
Rapak stated that the bag-in-box format offers the consumer convenience in terms of storage as it fits securely inside a cupboard or standard fridge, saving space compared to the equivalent literage in bottles or jars, and also provides fast and easy dispense.
And the manufacturer added that its team will demonstrate the growing range of end markets which are adopting the bag-in-box format including mineral waters, syrups, liquid eggs, tomato paste and fruit purees at the Anuga show in Cologne.