The Institute of Food Technologists show in July proved fruitful, yielding interesting developments, methods and options related to aseptic packaging and several firsts.
Move over Games of the XXXI Olympiad, there were at least one world’s first (and another U.S. first) seen at the IFT16 event held in July at the annual tradeshow of the Institute of Food Technologists. Here, in Chicago's McCormick Place, packaging was to be found scattered among the hundreds of ingredients-laden booths.
Not just packaging, but truly innovative packaging centering on a common theme that connected four of the booths: Aseptic packaging.
Examples stretched across production, R&D and material/container branches of packaging, including the first aseptic laboratory fillers in the world for R&D, introduced at the show by MicroThermics.
The fillers are available in two models, the X250 and X500, for 250 and 500 bottles per hour respectively; both are for high-acid products that fill 250mL or 500mL bottles and offer options such as semi-automatic or automated capping.
“These fill a huge gap between benchtop and production,” says vp David Miles. “It’s an aseptic packaging machine for R&D that doesn’t rely on an operator.”
The fillers can be paired with any small-scale High Temperature Short Time (HTST), Ultra-High Temperature (UHT) or aseptic processing systems. The booth also featured a model of a new 2-stage AseptiWave thermal processing system (above) that uses microwave energy to reduce nutrient degradation and increase processing time vs. conventional heat exchanger systems. Customers are testing high-acid foods including fruit purees, smoothies and fillings, Miles says.
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