Benefits of Aseptic Beverage Manufacturing
Aseptic beverage manufacturing offers a number of benefits that companies and consumers alike appreciate. These benefits include better flavor and nutrient retention during processing compared to hot fill and retort. Aseptic beverages do not require refrigeration and are known for their shelf stability and long shelf life—all huge advantages in terms of storage. This also allows for expanded distribution, including internationally.
For companies that use cold filling for sensitive products, aseptic beverage manufacturing offers a preservative-free alternative, which addresses consumer demand for clean label. In addition, a wide variety of packaging options are available, with grab-and-go plastic bottles among the most popular for consumers. Aseptic beverage manufacturing technology is particularly valuable for health and wellness beverages, high and low acid juices, and protein juice smoothies.
Launching an Aseptic Beverage Line
Companies considering expanding or transitioning into the aseptic beverage space in order to tap into these benefits may be wondering about how best to proceed. Here’s a look at the basic steps involved in launching an aseptic beverage:
1. Formula Development
The first step is to develop the formula. If a company already has a formula, it will need to be reviewed to ensure compatibility with the aseptic beverage manufacturing process. Alternatively, a brand can utilize the aseptic processor’s R&D capabilities. For example, Glanbia Nutritionals offers in-house R&D with concept, nutrition, and flavor development based on the company's needs, along with Glanbia's deep knowledge of category trends.