Upcoming Advancements in Aseptic Packaging Will Allow Hospitals to Provide Packaged Human Milk-Based Products

Aseptic Packaging

In the last few years, demand for packaged food and beverages has increased rapidly. Numerous technologies have evolved over the years for improving shelf life and maintaining the freshness of packaged food and beverages.

The emergence of aseptic packaging technology has helped manufacturers to enhance the shelf life of products, and it also offers a reduction in distribution and shipping charges.

The demand for aseptic packaging is expected to increase in the coming years as this technology provides manufacturers to manufacture F&B products without adding preservatives.

Market players are investing in R&D to stay on the top of the game in the evolving industry. The market trend of new product launches assists the market demand.

Aseptic packaging market growth is majorly driven by rise in growth of the F&B industrial sector. However, the demand for aseptic packaging is also increasing in the pharmaceutical industry.

In various nations, the government has increased spending in the healthcare sector, which assists the growth of the aseptic packaging market.

The recycling and reusing of packaging materials have increased in past years. Improved charges of recycling of packaging products or materials also support the market demand.

According to Allied Market Research, the global aseptic packaging market is anticipated to grow at a significant CAGR of 9.8% from 2021 to 2028.

Market participants are adopting strategic partnerships for advancements in aseptic packaging for food and beverage items.

LactaLogics, a baby food company based in the U.S., has announced collaboration with Scholle IPN, a flexible packaging company, to develop aseptic packaging technology for packaging of human milk.

Under the collaboration, Scholle IPN’s technologies will unite with LactaLogics’ Gentle-UHT processing capabilities to provide safe, human milk-based products for premature newborns in pharmaceutical packaging.

This innovative packaging will offer the hospital newborn intensive care units (NICUs) to store ready-to-use human milk and fortifiers in aseptic cartons and pouches with extended shelf life.

The new packaging solution is specifically designed to improve the safety and reliability of human milk-based products of LactaLogics.

Chelly Snow, chief operating officer and co-founder of LactaLogics, believes due to this collaboration, the hospitals will have accessibility to aseptic packaging technology.

Andrew Lively, business development manager, Scholle IPN, highlighted that the company’s aseptic packaging for pharmaceuticals helps safeguard delicate products from infection and outside environment, which is very important when feeding premature newborns.

Another couple of companies joined hands with a vision to improve their range of sustainable packaging offerings and for geographical expansion.

SIG Combibloc Group, a Switzerland-based aseptic packaging company, recently announced the acquisition of U.S.-based Scholle IPN. Scholle IPN offers a variety of sustainable and environment-friendly solutions, such as its bag-in-box solution and spouted pouches.

SIG is a leading manufacturer of aseptic packaging, which offers improved shelf life of food and beverages to last for almost a year.

Scholle IPN provides a variety of sustainable and environment-friendly solutions, such as its bag-in-box solution and spouted pouches.

With this acquisition, SIG aims to provide different sized sustainable packaging options for a range of product categories and sizes.

The company also intends to build and expand the use of its aseptic technology in bags-in-boxes and pouches.

In addition, this collaboration will also assist Scholle IPN to expand its offerings into emerging Latin America, Asia-Pacific, and the Africa and Middle East areas, where SIG already has a stronghold.

Samuel Sigrist, CEO of SIG, believes SIG’s acquisition of Scholle IPN solidifies its position as a global leader in the innovative and sustainable food and beverage packaging industry.

Last month, SIG’s SIGNATURE EVO has launched in the market for aseptic carton packaging. It is first-of-its-kind aluminum-free full barrier, aseptic packaging material which is available for a diverse range of products along with oxygen-sensitive beverages.

The Combibloc ECOPLUS material of SIG has eliminated the requirement for an aluminum foil barrier and reduced its carbon footprint by 27 percent as compared to normal packaging material.

According to SIG, the SIGNATURE EVO is compatible with the packaging of oxygen-insensitive items such as plain white UHT milk.

It is also suitable for oxygen-sensitive products like nectars, fruit juices, plant-based beverages, or flavored milk as it has barrier properties similar to regular aseptic cartons with an aluminum foil barrier layer.

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This aseptic material is 100% recyclable in current recycling systems, and the company aims to offer it as a complete barrier solution made entirely of renewable forest-based materials in the future.