Alliance for Aseptic Foodservice launches to target aseptic packaging

Alfa Laval, Goglio, Aran, and Boxxle join forces with IDC to promote a turnkey solution for large format aseptic packaging in the food industry

International Dispensing Corporation (IDC), the creator of the aseptic dispensing tap The Answer, has announced the formation of the Alliance for Aseptic Foodservice (AAF).

The AAF launches to target the foodservice market that current aseptic packaging does not adequately address. It unites industry leaders under a single sales and marketing umbrella to promote a turnkey solution for large format (3 to 20 litre) aseptic packaging.

According to IDC, consumption away from home is approaching 50% of global food and beverage expenditures; however, in the US$60 billion aseptic packaging industry less than 10% is utilised in foodservice.

The AAF combines aseptic technologies to offer an end-to-end packaging solution that remains ambient at all stages: packing, shipping, storage, and dispensing

"Size and structural limitations inherent in aseptic cartons and bottles account for this under-representation. Once an aseptic package – ranging from 60ml to 2 litres – is opened, the contents must be refrigerated and consumed.

"From the standpoint of efficiency, cost, and product and packaging waste, purchasing lots of smaller size packages are not ideal for institutional foodservice. The AAF combines aseptic technologies to offer an end-to-end packaging solution that remains ambient at all stages: packing, shipping, storage, and dispensing. No other solution in the world has the ability to deliver these efficiencies," the company explained in a statement.

Packaging innovation

A total industrial solution requires the right filling equipment, aseptic bags, and dispenser. By creating the Alliance for Aseptic Foodservice, IDC brings together outstanding charter members: Alfa Laval, maker of the world’s fastest and most compact aseptic BIB filling machine; Aran Packaging and Goglio, two leading aseptic bag manufacturers with a global reach; and Boxxle, creator of the world’s most ingenious dispensing unit for aseptic bags.

“By forming the AAF we are making a significant statement,” said Greg Abbott, IDC chairman. “Leading industry players with a shared vision, who believe in each other, are uniting to promote a definitive aseptic foodservice solution, one that is economical, environmentally friendly, visually appealing, and lends itself to a myriad of applications."

Abbott continued: "Instead of only selling our products separately, we are channelling our efforts into a common purpose that will make us all stronger and build a robust category. This collective turnkey initiative should simplify customer decision-making and provide aseptic brand owners all over the world a streamlined means of expanding their brands into new areas of distribution.”

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