Tetra Pak has launched a new low-energy processing line for juice, nectar and still drinks (JNSD) products, claiming that the “first-of-its-kind” solution enhances the efficiency of beverage processing in a sustainable manner.
According to Tetra Pak, the solution utilises a combination of pasteurisation, filtration and UV light technology to treat beverages in two separate streams, which are then aseptically blended together to create the final beverage.
Instead of pasteurising the whole volume of the product, the new production line separates out water and pasteurises only the concentrate. Water is then treated separately with filtration and UV light, reducing the energy usage of the process.
According to figures provided by Tetra Pak, the new JNSD line can reduce energy consumption by up to 67%, while water consumption used for cleaning-in-place, sterilisation and product change-over is reduced by up to 50%.
Maria Norlin, subcategory manager JNSD & Other Beverages, Tetra Pak said: “We realised that we needed to rethink JNSD processing and find a more sustainable solution, that at the same time still provides a high level of food safety & quality assurance for our customers.
“The launch of our new low-energy JNSD processing line, ‘Best Practice Line for JNSD with Aseptic Blending’, illustrates how we are innovating with traditional processing methods in pursuit of more sustainable and efficient solutions.
“Our decision to split the existing JNSD line into two separate processing streams for treatment allows us to offer our customers processing options that can help them achieve their climate goals, and enables the industry to contribute towards global sustainability efforts.
“After many years of low growth, we see new opportunities for our customers on the horizon, as people increasingly search for ways to lead a healthier lifestyle, and this trend has accelerated during the spread of Covid-19. We hope this new production line can help customers capture the growth opportunities in a more cost-efficient way.”
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