Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Fulfilling the potential of bottled water (continued)

Thirty years ago, bottling lines comprised traditional, stand-alone equipment connected by air conveyor systems.  In 1997, the market moved to an integrated Combi blow-fill-cap solution and was looking to improve hygiene standards.  Future steps will focus on solutions to ensure better configurability, versatility and compactness while adapting to specific individual needs.  Reliable and efficient, these lines of the future will be thoroughly hygienic and in the opinion of Sidel, 100 percent dry-operation driven.  They will be compact and simpler to operate to minimize intervention.  They also will be operated remotely, using embedded intelligence to communicate with people to other machines.

The market for bottled water continues to grow and evolve.  Producers of bottled water need to recognize and react to the current and emerging trends.

Creative packaging solutions will continue to be a focus as consumers look for bottle shapes that differentiate products on the shelves.  In production terms, ongoing developments in lightweighting, reducing the use of raw materials and optimizing water and energy consumption and the use of chemicals all remain important factors, as does the potential for increasing the use of recycled PET and reducing the need for secondary packaging.

Source: Beverage Industry July 2013