Tetra Laval contributes to the lives of people around the world in many positive ways. Our three industry groups – Tetra Pak, DeLaval and Sidel – provide innovative systems that improve the efficiency, quality and safety of food production, processing and packaging.
Coconut beverages have become very popular in recent years, with worldwide sales of packaged coconut water alone now estimated at more than US$1 billion. The coconut’s delicate composition, however, presents many challenges for manufacturers. Tetra Pak’s new 180-page guide to coconut beverage production offers expert advice and practical information on everything from plantations and nutrition to production and distribution, covering the entire supply chain from tree to table. The Coconut Handbook draws on know-how from industry experts, including Tetra Pak’s 20-year experience in the category and its global expertise in food processing. Tetra Pak established the world’s first Coconut Knowledge Centre in Singapore in 2012.
Read more about Coconut handbook on www.tetrapak.com
Novembal, part of the Sidel Group, has established a new plant in Peoria, in the State of Arizona in the US.
”For over 50 years, our extensive knowledge of the industry and our commitment to continuous quality improvement has placed us among the leading suppliers of plastic closures for liquid packaging producers,” commented Lorenzo van Haelst, Managing Director of Novembal. “For this new plant in Peoria, we are proud to have hired 50 people from the local area. This brings a third facility to our network of production sites, enabling us to better respond to our customers’ needs anywhere within the North American market.”
Fair Oaks dairy farm, one of the biggest dairy operations in America, with a total of 37,000 cows in Indiana, will install 12 DeLaval VMS™ (voluntary milking systems) to gradually replace a rotary based milking system. The main triggers were labour scarcity and cow comfort. DeLaval VMS™ allows cows to be milked automatically whenever they like in a calm, quiet and stress-free environment. Fair Oaks farms consists of 12 family-run farms, with a commitment to educating the public about modern farming efforts, protecting the environment, caring for our animals and ensuring the highest quality products possible.
Read more about Fair Oaks dairy farm on www.delaval.com
In April 2016, Tetra Pak’s new Tetra Top® carton bottle made its debut in the USA with JUST® water. The new-generation water bottle comes with a cap and top made from high density polyethylene (HDPE) derived from sugarcane and Forest Stewardship Council™-certified paperboard, resulting in a significant reduction in CO2 emissions compared with plastic bottles, with no impact on recyclability. The new packaging upholds JUST’s ethos that everyday products should evolve in ways that continually reduce their impact on the environment.
Read more about Tetra Top and JUST Water
In April 2016, Tetra Pak acquired Laude, a market leader in the design, development and manufacture of plastic moulds used in cheese production. The Dutch company is at the forefront of cheese mould design and supply, offering exceptional performance and durability, coupled with superior hygiene and cleanability standards. This acquisition strengthens the company’s position as the world’s leading provider of complete solutions for cheese manufacturing, and will extend the availability of Laude’s products in the global market.
Read press release Tetra Pak acquires Dutch cheese mould leader Laude on www.tetrapak.com
The Delaval factory in Tianjin, China, includes both a supply chain plant and a plant for milk quality and animal health (SC plant and MQAH plant). In 2016 it was designated by the Safety Production Committee of Tianjin Port Free Trade Zone and Tianjin Airport Economic Area as the pioneer factory for safe production in the Tianjin airport and seaport area. Tianjin is the largest port in Northern China and the main maritime gateway to Beijing, 170 km to the northwest.
Frisian Flag Indonesia, a subsidiary of the international Dutch dairy group Friesland Campina, has turned to Gebo Cermex to strengthen safety and increase productivity for its sweetened condensed milk bag line in their Djakarta factory.
The customer was dealing with two major challenges: a congested packing area with more than 100 people working manually and the 10-15 per cent rising labour cost increase.
Gebo Cermex, part of the Sidel Group, was able to provide a very compact and customised robotic case packing solution, while saving material by 10 per cent material when replacing the former RSC cases by Wrap Around blanks. Gebo Cermex presence in Indonesia for a long time with a wellstaffed local support team has been also one of the decisive factors driving the customer’s choice.
An Estonian farm has signed a contract for the nation’s first automatic milking robot (AMR™) system.The purchase was motivated by the difficulty in finding qualified milking labour in conjunction with planned expansions. The AMR solution required fewer changes to the barns than a VMS™ system would have required, and allowed milking to continue in the existing parlour as long as needed during the transition phase. After relocating heifers and dry cows about 480 lactating cows will be milked by the AMR, with a potential to reach a total of 570 cows.
Read more about AMR installations at large dairy operations
The Yili Group is the largest dairy producer in China and one of the fastest growing companies in the country. Months of close collaboration between the Sidel packaging team and Yili’s Liquid Milk Division has seen the creation of a PET bottle for the company’s new Changyi brand, a new range of yogurt drinks intended to attract active, health-conscious consumers with growing expendable income. Response towards the new container shape and the branding of Yili’s new product - which has been rolled out throughout China - has been very favourable with both being well received by local consumers.