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Spanish dairy farmers favour aseptic bottling in PET

The challenge

Andía Lácteos de Cantabria is part of the Iparlat Group, which originally was created from the Spanish union of dairy farmer cooperatives. The company mainly packages liquid dairy products sold under a well-known Spanish retailer brand. The same retailer gave the initial impulse to move from carton and HDPE bottles towards bottling milk in PET. Ultimately the dairy producer was looking for a simple, cost-effective solution that was also sustainable and flexible,  and which could help increase its portfolio.

The solution

The Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis™ with its dry preform and cap sterilisation technology came as a natural choice. The new line is currently running at 9,000 bottles per hour with 97% efficiency. 

The outcome

The new Aseptic solution can bottle extended shelf life milk (ESL), UHT milk, and milkshake products in three formats (0.25 L, 1 L and 1.5 L), giving the dairy player the opportunity to broaden its spectrum of SKUs. As Iparlat’s Industrial Director Javier Villafranca explained, “We succeeded in increasing our portfolio by producing new UHT milk recipes we could not produce before, for instance,  lactose-free milk, for which the demand in the market is growing every day.” The milk PET bottles have proven to be highly successful. With sales soaring, Andía Lácteos de Cantabria has recently decided to invest in another Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis, combined with the Gebo AQFlex conveying and accumulation solution to further increase its production capacity. 

"“The new low-speed Aseptic Combi Predis is working at full speed and it offers the best food safety conditions, perfectly matching with our extreme production quality requirements. With this state-of-the-art aseptic PET bottling line, we will be able to significantly strengthen our brand image in the Spanish market.”"

Javier Villafranca

Industrial Director at Iparlat Group

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