SIG has supplied a filling machine for 500, 750 and 1,000 ml combiblocMidi carton packs, for Nestlé Brazil’s Molico and Ninho UHT milks.
The new flexible filling line will open doors in Brazil to new beverage occasions, according to the company. The packaging sizes fit with the latest consumer trends for mobility, a healthy lifestyle and individualization and healthy dairy products in pack volumes of less than 1,000 ml meet.
Nestlé’s Molico and Ninho UHT milks have been packaged and marketed in combiblocMidi since the start of 2018. 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.
Anselmo Nascimento, Nestlé Sul Plant Manager, said: “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 regard to food safety, aseptic validation, excellent line efficiency of 94% and an average loss of less than 0.2%.”
Nestlé first opened a plant in Araras, Brazil in 1921, to produce Milkmaid condensed milk, later known as Leite Moça.
According to Kantar Worldpanel, Nestlé currently has 31 facilities in the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Bahia, Pernambuco, Goiás, Rio de Janeiro, Rio Grande do Sul and Espírito Santo, operating in 15 market segments.
“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,” explained Antonieta Hilst, Regional Director at SIG South America.