Food security means ensuring people always have access to safe and nutritious food – even during a global pandemic. In the packaging industry, it is our mission to provide safe packaging solutions and to contribute to making goods available for everyone by providing high production efficiency. At Sidel, we take both these tasks very seriously.
Under no circumstances, do we – or our customers – want unsafe food or beverages delivered to the market. With more than 40 years of experience in PET packaging, Sidel is recognised around the globe for its optimally designed equipment that provides the highest food safety standards and allows brand owners to increase their production capacity, and therefore, product availability. Furthermore, Sidel’s Aseptic Combi PredisTM was the world’s first aseptic PET filling equipment with dry preform sterilisation to get approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2017.
Food security has become a topic of high importance when it comes to beverage consumption, whatever the beverage type. Owing to the inadequate clean water infrastructure in some countries, the bottled water industry in particular has a huge responsibility to make clean water available to each customer regardless of location. As a trendsetter, Sidel has introduced flexible, safe and simple solutions that also expand product availability. This is particularly true for growing market segments such as juices, isotonics and teas, as well as liquid dairy products (LDP). For instance, Sidel’s Versatile Aseptic Combi Predis™ was designed for LDP, still and carbonated soft drinks.
Another way to ensure food availability is to support the beverage industry to maintain a high level of production efficiency. At Sidel, customer proximity and proactive assistance are key priorities. Even if it was challenging to support our customers’ production needs during COVID-19 restrictions, we managed it successfully. By leveraging advanced digital solutions, our experts at Sidel facilitated remote installation and services to allow the beverage industry to enlarge their capabilities and provide the market with the required volumes. Remote support has become key for business continuity, avoiding long-lasting production stoppage that would limit product availability.
Finally, food safety for beverages would not be achievable or even imaginable without appropriate packaging materials. Therefore, Sidel has been an advocate for PET, as the only plastic suitable for direct food contact and for closed-loop bottle-to-bottle recycling. PET is a great resource with many advantages: safe, shapeable, transparent or opaque, and re-sealable with great neck and cap tightness. With outstanding mechanical and barrier properties, it can ensure optimal transportation, storage and distribution. 100 per cent recyclable and offering huge light-weighting opportunities, PET also has a low environmental footprint compared to alternative non-plastic materials.