Holmach unveils patented pouch that cuts plastic use and keeps food safe

By Gill Hyslop contact

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The Innofill by Atlantic pouch. Pic: Holmach Ltd
The Innofill by Atlantic pouch. Pic: Holmach Ltd

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Lincolnshire-based Holmach Ltd has partnered with Atlantic Engineering of Belgium to develop eco-friendlier manufacturing operations for the UK market.

Innofill by Atlantic is a patented pouch that aims to cut plastics use, reduce transport costs and waste, and improve food quality in one compact solution.

The large pre-formed pouch filler can be connected directly to a cooking vessel, reducing the use of plastics by 90% when compared with 3, 5 and 10 litre buckets. A 15 litre bucket version is also currently in development.

The flowmeter or servo piston filling of bags mean that every bag has the correct volume, eliminating inaccuracies from time/pressure type systems. Using impulse sealing technology, each bag is double sealed creating a high integrity closure without the need to apply heat, and a tear tab is included so knives are not required for decanting. There is also a re-closeable spout option available.

The hermetic sealing of the bags not only ensures food hygiene and security, but also allows the bags to receive a secondary pasteurisation or sterilisation process if cold filling is preferred. Alternatively, the pouches can be loaded into batch or continuous coolers prior to chilled storage.

The pouches are shipped in cardboard outers or re-useable trays, and also reduce the space needed to dispose of empty containers as the pouch can be compacted for disposal.

Significant development

“We continue be at the forefront of process optimisation and environmental commitments through our technology, which is why the eco-friendly impact of Atlantic Engineering’s innovative and patented concept is a significant development,”​ said Lewis Peasgood, Holmach Ltd’s director of sales.

“Both our companies pursue the same objective of providing ultimate solutions of hygienic design, safety and cost-reducing processes in the food industry and industrial kitchens while optimising product quality.”

Holmach has also developed the Lyco Manufacturing Chill-Flow continuous pouch cooling technology that provides rapid heat removal with Atlantic Engineering.

Compared with tumble chilling, the Lyco system guarantees first in first out handling and complete control of cooling times. The use of heat exchangers minimises the consumption of water can cool twice as fast as conventional technologies.

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