3 thousand million Vitop taps

image_thumb[2]Smurfit Kappa has produced its 3 "billionth" Vitop Original® tap in its plant in Alessandria, Italy. Invented around 25 years ago, the Vitop® tap has revolutionised wine consumption both within the Bag-in-Box®. Today, Vitop Original® is the leading Bag-in-Box® wine tap worldwide and is easily recognised by its special quality seal.

[The "billion" is commonly used meaning thousand millions. . Here we use ther long scale where billion means a million of millions. Thats why the word "billionth" is between commas"]


MeetingPack 2015: innovations in food packaging

A transparent plastic can for canned food, oxygen absorbers that increase the food shelf-life and bags to pack wine or oil are some of the innovations lunched during MeetingPack2015, the packaging conference held in Valencia from 25th to 26th of February.

image_thumbKortec has launched a transparent plastic can that can be used for packaging food that used to be packaged in metallic cans. They permit to keep the food shelf-life up to five years.


In Europe 95 kg of food are wasted per person per year, five times more than in Japan. One option for increasing the shelf-life of sensible-to-oxygen-action packaged food is through the incorporation of oxygen scavengers, as Mitsubishi has done, capable to remove the remaining oxygen from inside the packages, in order to avoid the oxidation reactions that damage food and increase the shelf-life in a healthier way. The oxygen scavengers can be included as extern agents to the package, as labels or little bags inside. This kind of technology is really used in Japan because of its oxidation prevention qualities, changes of food colour, but it is not so extended in Europe. One of the advantages of oxygen scavengers is that they do not need additional industrial equipment to use these technologies. It also prevents the oxidation of oils and fat, so a better preservation of the nutritional qualities of the food is obtained.

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SIMEI is back

The 25th edition of SIMEI, biennial international exhibition event dedicated to the wine, olive oil and beverage supply chains, will be held at the Fiera Milano Fairground at Rho (Milan) from next 12 to 16 November.

SIMEI offers a comprehensive overview of the high technological level achieved by the enological and beverages industries, showing a very wide range of different technical solutions compatible with specific needs, from the manufacturer to the bottling cycle. At SIMEI it is possible to find all types of equipment, material or accessory related to the beverage production cycle in general – wine and beer production, juice processing, preparation of carbonated drinks. The exhibition panorama also includes all kinds of equipment for beverage packaging for the steps after bottling.

Much more than the glass makers, the cork suppliers (with the usual strong presence of Portuguese companies) will be exhibiting again in Milan. After all, the wine-cork-glass troika is still ruling.


After a 2009 year of strong fall-off, the export of cellar processing machines and equipment highlighted a steady recovery trend in the following years and 2012 also shows strong signs of recovery marking a performance of /1,956 million euro, corresponding to a + 9% in comparison to the previous year. To lead export, also for 2012, is the sector of bottle filling, closing, encapsulating, labelling machines and of beverage carbonation equipment, with an export value of over one billion euro, which alone represents more than 63% of the whole trade flow.

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INAPA expands european distribution with SEMAQ

image INAPA (Portugal) has acquired, trough its Logistipack subsidiary, Semaq Emballages (Bordeaux, France), a packaging distribution company with delegations and logistic centers in Bordeaux, Paris, Lyon, Bézier and Ploermel. INAPA is an European leader in paper products distribution and this acquisition is a relevant step to reinforce the packaging products as a complementary business area. Semaq ads a 10,9 million Euros (2011) business to INAPA, with a wide family of packaging products: jerry cans, plastic pots and jars, metal packaging (general line), plastic bottles (including PET for wines, liquors, chemicals, etc.), bag-in-box packaging, industrial drums (plastic, metal and kraft), pallet-containers for liquids, plastic pallets, dunnage bags, etc..

Before this acquisition, the packaging business area of INAPA, including paper and carton products, plastic films, plastic bags, foam profiles and pallets, represented around 35 million euros, with strong position in Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Luxemburg and Angola, with local subsidiaries (like Logistipack in France, HTL Verpackung and Henessen, in Germany) and distributors. The global INAPA business is above 1 000 million euros, 80% of it in France and Germany.

Sacmi Beverage heads for SIMEI

Every year the world consumes over six hundred thousand million litres of beverages of every kind – and that figure continues to grow steadily. SIMEI 2011, the international exhibition dedicated to wine-making and the production, bottling and packaging of drinks in general, to be held at the “FieraMilano”/Rho from 22nd to 26th November 2011, is a not-to-be-missed event for Sacmi. The Italian company will be exhibiting with Sacmi Beverage, the Group business unit that supplies machines and ‘turnkey’ plants, providing everything from bottling systems to packaging machines, from product design and styling to complete plant design, handling systems included. A 200 m2 stand will be displaying all the very best from the Sacmi companies.
image_thumb[1]To begin with, Sacmi Group company and packaging technology specialist Sacmi Pakim will be displaying the new MONOBIB, a production island that combines all the filling and packaging functions needed to make Bag-in-Box products: it consists of a box forming unit with hot melt closure, a bag filler and a box closure system (also hot melt). Perfect for wines, food oils and water, it offers several advantages, such as improved preservation of the product, which never comes into contact with the air. Also on show at the fair will be a wine MONOBIB, which produces 3-litre bags and has an output rate of 600 packages an hour. It can also be adapted to handle 2 or 20-litre bags, with respective hourly output rates of 720 and 250 pieces.

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Bag-in-box six-pack for vermout and vodka cocktails

image image Alcoholic beverage brand No.1 has selected Rapak bag-in-box solution for the launch of a unique new six-pack cocktail range. The new packs contain six 0.5L alcoholic beverages, with both the bag and tap, and are available from duty-free outlets in two different combinations.  One six pack contains gin, vodka and four types of vermouth (Bianco, Extra Dry, Rosso Sweet and Rosso Bitter) while the other offers gin, rum, vodka and three flavoured vodkas; banana, kiwi, and chocolate/orange. No. 1’s flavoured vodka range matches the colour of its ingredients and can easily be mixed with a carbonated soft drink to make an exciting and appealing drink.  An added advantage is that the box can be stored at room temperature rather than in the fridge.

Alcoholic beverages in bag-in-box are a rapidly growing market, thanks to the wide range of practical benefits offered by this technology and its capability to respond to rising consumer expectations for preservative-free, premium beverages and to meet increasingly ‘on the hoof’ lifestyles.

Bag-in-Box Systems are Booming

image_thumbFor over 30 years now wines have been sold in tubular bags, juice in 10 litre packs is nothing new and now there is even beer from the box. Bag-in-box systems are booming. Nevertheless, attitudes here are similar to those towards beer in PET bottles: actually handy but still somewhat frowned upon.

Many sectors of industry are now changing over to bag-in-box systems as an efficient and productive method for packing food, beverages, chemicals and even varnishes. While the bag-in-box concept is already a well introduced retail packaging format on the wine market it is still only slow to gain ground in the beverage field – both for direct sales to consumers and for food and beverage processing operations and the catering business. Bag-in-box systems have become an innovative packaging solution.

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