Steuben Foods has opted to install high-speed filling technology from SIG Combibloc at its production facility in Elma, New York.
Its newly installed CFA 1224-36 filling machine is capable of aspetically filling 24,000 small-format CombiblocXSlim carton packs every hour. An innovation for the US market, the CombiblocXSlim format is available in volumes of 80ml, 90ml, 100ml, 110ml, 125ml, 150ml and 180ml; all volumes can be filled on a single machine, and switching between the different filling volumes takes just minutes, SIG Combibloc said.
The equipment manufacturer added that there was no need to change machine parts, and the machine does not have to be resterilised after switching volumes. The installation marks an extension to Steuben Foods’ existing portfolio of packaging solutions and is ideal for added value and on-the-go products and children’s beverages.
The unit is designed to process low-acid food for the North American market and joins the CFA 312 and CFA 812 filling machines already in use by Steuben Foods.
SIG Combibloc North America head of marketing and business development Tim Kirchen said: “Steuben Foods works with leading companies in the food and beverage industry, seeing to it that customers get first-class products. And we at SIG Combibloc are committed to delivering carton packs and filling machines which are exactly made for the requirements of our customers and the markets in which they operate. Against the background of increasing pressure on margins, rising prices for raw materials and the need to reduce costs, products in small carton packs offer promising solutions. CombiblocXSlim enables manufacturers and retailers to position beverages in line with the current consumer trends, and to respond flexibly to market requirements.”
Steuben Foods senior vice president Jeffrey Sokal said: “We’re proud to be in partnership with SIG Combibloc, enabling us to include CombiblocXSlim in our product portfolio. The continuous optimisation of our production processes is part of our corporate culture. We upgrade our equipment on an ongoing basis so that, in terms of technology, we’re optimally prepared to continue evolving with the growing market. With the high-speed filling machine and the CombiblocXSlim carton pack from SIG Combibloc, we’re able to offer our customers a modern, versatile packaging solution that promises plenty of options.”
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