Campbell uses carton pack for soups in France
By Canadian Packaging StaffGeneral Cartoning al dente soups Campbell Soup Company carton packs combiclocMidi food sterilization Liebig ohmic heating process Rank Group SIG Combibloc
Campbell Soup Company launches vegetable al dente in SIG Combibloc 500g carton packs.
FRANCE—Campbell Soup Company has expanded its Liebig soup range in France with the addition of new products with a vegetable side dishes under the sub-brand ‘Cuisinés al dente’, which are available in a 500g combiblocMidi carton pack from SIG Combibloc.
In Mediterranean Ratatouille, Ratatouille with Yellow Vegetables, Aubergines Confit and Vegetable Hotpot variants, these ready-to-serve vegetable side dishes are now on the supermarket shelf in carton packs—next to similar canned products.
Campbell Soup Company says the carton pack really stands out, noting that that the packaging for the Liebig products has been printed in landscape format for the first time, and that is the way they will be standing on the shelf.
The aseptic filling of the vegetable side dishes containing al dente pieces of vegetables into aseptic carton packs is made possible by a product preparation system that uses the ohmic process.
Ohmic is a gentle, continuous heating process used to sterilize the products. The food is heated by means of an electric current. The product flows through a compact combination of pipes, which serves as electrical resistance.
Compared to conventional thermal sterilization techniques, the product is not heated over a hot surface, but uniformly through the entire product volume. The electric current goes through the food, causing the temperature to rise rapidly to high degrees Celsius.
The advantage of this method is that the product ingredients retain their natural flavor and a firmer consistency than in the conventional retort process used, for instance, in conjunction with food metal cans.
The ohmic process is suited in particular for processing chunky products such as fruit, vegetables and meat, vegetable soups and purées.
Once the product has been sterilized, the vegetables are filled into aseptic carton packs in the SIG Combibloc filling machines.
After the filling process has taken place, the carton packs are ultrasonically sealed above the fill level, and not through the product. This prevents product ingredients from getting caught in the sealed seam—a big plus for aseptic product safety.
SIG Combibloc is one of the world’s leading system suppliers of carton packaging and filling machines for beverages and food. It is part of the New Zealand based Rank Group.
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