Parmalat has reached an agreement aimed at composing amicably the claw back action filed in 2005 against Tetra Pak.
Tetra Pak has committed to pay to Parmalat, with no admission of liability, an amount of 16 million euro, in full and final settlement.
Tetra Pak announces the launch of a new version of Tetra Brik® Aseptic 1000 Edge with Bio-based LightCap™ 30. This is the first aseptic carton package in the world to receive the highest class of Vinçotte certification for its use of renewable materials.
The new package is manufactured using a bio-based plastic film and cap, made from polymers derived from sugar cane. Combined with the paperboard, this lifts the share of materials from renewable sources in the package to above 80%, the threshold for four-star certification from Vinçotte, the Belgium-based accreditation agency that is world-recognised for assessing the renewable content of packaging products.
To produce milk with a specific percentage of fat content, an important step in dairy production is to separate fat from milk. Fat is then added back to the product according to the required specification through a process called standardization.
Designed for automatic in-line standardization, the new unit enables manufacturers to reduce the variation of so-called “cream giveaway” from the previous +/- 0.020% to +/- 0.015%.
Tetra Pak has expanded its Technical Services portfolio with the launch of a dry lubrication kit for packaging line conveyor belts and distribution equipment. The new solution helps customers cut water and electricity consumption, and reduce the man-hours required for machine maintenance.
Traditional conveyor lubrication, known as wet lubrication, uses high quantities of water mixed with oil, leaving both the equipment and factory floor wet. With the new solution, the process is nearly dry. It does not require the use of water but just very small quantities of oil. A drop of food grade oil roughly the size of a pea is directly added to the conveyor belt to reduce its friction with the package.
Tetra Pak has launched a new version of the Tetra Pak® PlantMaster, enabling manufacturers to programme their entire plant through a single data management system. The upgrade includes the Tetra Pak PlantMaster MES Suite (Manufacturing Execution Systems), a new software programme specifically designed for the food and beverage industry, which provides a user-friendly interface.
In the food and beverage industry, manufacturers often have equipment from different suppliers in one plant, using separate information systems. Some of these machines even require manual data collection. With the new software, the Tetra Pak PlantMaster provides a single set of tools that integrate all operations, from incoming raw materials to finished, palletised products. This gives manufacturers complete control of the plant. It streamlines data collection, facilitates accurate data analysis and, ultimately, improves efficiency.
Tetra Pak has released a consumer study to highlight opportunities in the food and beverage market for seniors, those aged 60 and over, the fastest growing consumer group in the world.
Libby Costin, VP Global Marketing at Tetra Pak said: “Seniors spend 20% of their income on food and beverages. They have more disposable income than previous generations, and are poised to become one of the most important consumer groups over the next decade with a total spending power of US$10 trillion by 2020. This creates a huge opportunity for manufacturers to respond to their needs.”
This report is the latest edition of Tetra Pak’s annual Consumer Generations Whitepaper series which analyses consumers by their age, needs and spending habits. It investigates senior consumer trends in food, packaging and shopping experience, and identifies product opportunities for producers, based on insights from 27 countries across developed and developing markets such as Japan, the US and Brazil.
The market for 100% juice should return to growth despite global economic slowdown and the recent debate around sugar, according to Tetra Pak’s 100% Juice Index report.
According to the company, the combination of emerging growth hotspots and slowing decline in established markets is stabilising 100% juice and bringing it back to growth going forward to 2018.
Insights from the report show that 100% juice remains a significant part of the average consumer diet, with more than 40% of people drinking it every day. Furthermore, consumers say that they are willing to pay a premium for juices that they associate with healthy choices.
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The Tetra Pak® Homogenizer 500 can produce up to 63,600 litres per hour, offering outstanding product quality at the lowest operational cost available.
The machine features Tetra Pak’s pioneering HD EnergyIQ, a homogenizing device that uses six gaps, rather than one, enabling it to operate at pressures around 20% lower than standard machines, while delivering the same quality end product. The result is a significant reduction in energy consumption, and considerably reduced costs.
Tetra Pak announces that the company expects to deliver more than 100 million packs of Tetra Rex® Bio-based to customers during 2016, reflecting strong demand for the package since its launch in January 2015. The world’s first package made entirely from plant based materials has gained popularity among consumers across Finland, Sweden and Norway, with brands such as Valio, Arla Foods, Vermlands Mejeri and TINE.
Tetra Pak and DeLaval, sister companies in the Tetra Laval Group, have signed a five year agreement with the Dairy Association of China to provide training to Chinese dairy farm managers. The signing ceremony was attended by both the Chinese and Swedish Ministers of Agriculture, who have a Memorandum of Understanding to increase co-operation in agriculture.
Since 2008, the Chinese government has been driving a transition from household farming activities, involving just a handful of cows, to medium- or large-sized farms, which have more than 100 milk-producing cows. Their aim is to improve farming efficiency, increase product quality and enhance standards of animal welfare. By 2020, the government hopes to raise the proportion of dairy cows reared on such farms to 60%, compared with 45% today. However, a shortage of qualified managers, capable of running operations of this scale, threatens to prevent them from achieving that ambition.
Through the agreement signed today, 150 managers will be trained during the next five years, providing them with the skills required to run larger-scale dairy farms.