Yotvata installs new aseptic PET line

Liquid dairy manufacturer Yotvata Dairy by Strauss Group, has installed a secondu aseptic complete PET line from Sidel. The move has upgraded the Israel-based brand’s 2-litre ESL milk bottle from HDPE to PET, introducing a new product to the country.

Yotvata had clear objectives around the launch of its new 2-litre PET milk bottle, targeted towards family households: “We needed to break the visual codes compared to our competition, as all local dairy producers – including us – are used to packing milk in 2-litre squared bottles in HDPE with a handle. Additionally, we want to ensure a great brand experience for our consumers and maximise opportunities for the bottles to be easily taken from supermarket shelves,” said Ram Srugo, CEO of Yotvata.

Sidel supported Yotvata in designing and qualifying the new 2-litre PET bottle. The new design – which includes a reflection of the customer’s branding on the top part of the container –  comes with significant environmental advantages compared to HDPE, being 100% recyclable and allowing for the lightweighting of bottles.

As well as a new bottle design, Yotvata installed a second aseptic complete PET line from Sidel, allowing the company to produce UHT and Extended Shelf Life (ESL) milk in PET bottles.

“We already had a very positive experience with the Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis technology for PET production on the first line we purchased in 2014. This new packaging line will allow us to increase the production capacity on existing products while reducing our environmental footprint, mainly due to the switch from HDPE to PET and the bottle lightweighting potential offered by Sidel’s integrated dry preform decontamination system,” said Achiraz Horesh, COO at Yotvata.

Currently, the new line is producing 1 L bottles plus the newly designed two-litre bottle for milk in PET. Its flexibility makes it the ideal choice to address Yotvata’s production needs around flavoured, ESL and UHT milk.

The new PET complete line features Sidel’s Aseptic Combi Predis, complemented by Capdis, combining preform and cap sterilisation, blowing and sealing functions in a single enclosure for a 100%-sterile filled and capped PET bottle.

The line also includes Sidel’s RollQuattro, a versatile high-speed roll-fed labeller, able to handle lightweight containers with extremely thin labels, plus conveying and end-of-line equipment. The new installation at the Israeli site includes shrink-wrapping system EvoFill, and PalKombi, an automatic palletiser suitable for crates, cartons, trays and shrink-wrapped packs, designed for medium to high speed lines that allows for easy control and access.

Andrea Tondelli, sales manager Southern Europe, Sidel said: “Yotvata leveraged the entire set of our competences, from packaging design and industrialisation through leadership in aseptic technologies up to our longstanding expertise in complete lines. The Sidel Aseptic Combi Predis delivers utmost hygiene, high ease of operations and flexibility needed to match this customer’s needs, considering the various products they’ll process through the line.”

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