SIG expands global partnership with Nestlé to Brazil

Increasing convenience options with pack volume flexibility.

SIG has recently expanded its long term global partnership with Nestlé in another major growth market: Brazil. As a first step, SIG has supplied a filling machine for 500 mL, 750 mL, and 1,000 ml combiblocMidi carton packs, for Nestlé Brazil’s well-loved Molico and Ninho UHT milks.

Whereas, in the past, just a one liter packaging format would suffice for the retail shelf, today’s consumer in Brazil is looking for packaging formats and volumes to help avoid food waste. Healthy dairy products in pack volumes of less than 1,000 ml meet the latest consumer trends for mobility, a healthy lifestyle, and individualization.

Brand manufacturers of products that are sensitive to market fluctuations, such as milk and dairy products, have to meet the challenge of these customer trends and achieve operational efficiency in their production processes. What is needed are solutions that, in addition to flexibility, guarantee maximum efficiency and waste reduction, in order to achieve a better cost-benefit equation.

With SIG's flexible and efficient solutions, Nestlé Brazil sees itself well equipped to meet current requirements. Its well-loved Molico and Ninho UHT milks have been packaged and marketed in combiblocMidi since the start of this year. For this purpose, a SIG CFA 812 filling machine with a capacity of 12,000 packs per hour is in operation at the Nestlé plant in Carazinho (RS), better known as Nestlé Sul.

94% Technical Line Efficiency

Installed since the beginning of 2018, the SIG system has already proved invaluable.

Antonieta Hilst, Regional Director at SIG South America: “Many systems would require two filling machines to fill different volumes but the SIG system enables the filling of 3 different volumes – 500, 750 and 1,000 mL – on the same machine, with very high levels of efficiency and a simplified set up.”

The SIG CFA 812 filling machine is now running at 94% Technical Line Efficiency.

Anselmo Nascimento, Nestlé Sul Plant Manager says: “We have surpassed our average 58-60 hours’ production time, reaching new cycle times of 72 hours. SIG’s line has also achieved excellence in terms of our quality and standards, especially with regards to food safety, aseptic validation, excellent line efficiency of 94%, and an average loss of less than 0.2%.”

New beverage occasions

Today’s beverage manufacturer needs to meet the demands of today’s consumer with the right product and a packaging concept that delivers in terms of functionality and convenience. Already working with Nestlé around the globe, SIG’s flexible filling line is opening doors in Brazil to new beverage occasions and promoting exciting new business opportunities through product innovation and differentiation.

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