Premium package appeals to health-conscious consumers

Wednesday, 16 January, 2019 | Supplied by: Amcor Global


Danone wanted the packaging of its new all-natural spoonable yoghurt to appeal to health-conscious consumers. It wanted premium-looking packaging that is durable and increasingly sustainable for its yoghurt which is sold in Argentina.

In collaboration with Danone, Amcor developed a transparent 200 mL polyethylene terephthalate (PET) jar with a wide-mouth opening and an aluminum-PET-aluminium closure with a 65 mm over cap in clear polypropylene (PP).

“This wide-mouth PET jar is an entirely new format offering for cold-fill dairy products,” said Martin Darmandrail, New Business Development Director for Amcor in Argentina. “In a market historically dominated by thermoformed PP and polystyrene containers, we’ve shaken things up with a yoghurt package with the durability, freshness, performance, manufacturing and sustainability benefits of PET.”

The new PET jar supports the 100% natural positioning of Danone’s La Serenísima’s yogurt with featured engraving, a finely finished base and a body-wrap label. To protect the contents, the jar includes a 55 mm finish with aluminum-PET-aluminum-foil barrier seal and an ultraviolet blocker.

With consumers increasingly eager to see products before they buy, the transparent packaging allows people to see the fresh yoghurt.

Danone is the spoonable-yoghurt market leader in Argentina. “We have developed La Serenísima Original, a product inspired by the first yoghurt made by La Serenísima 55 years ago, which revolutionised the category in 1963,” said Maximiliano Sassone, R&I Director for Danone Argentina. “We carefully select the ingredients, including milk from Argentine family farms, and pay respect to every step of the original process, creating a 100% natural product without preservatives, so that our consumers can connect to their memories of the original product.”

Amcor optimised the two-step reheat process to produce the wide-mouth jars using a Matrix blow-moulding machine — an industry first — for high-volume yoghurt containers, according to Darmandrail.

In Argentina, Danone has launched La Serenísima Original-brand yoghurt in six flavours (natural, naturally sweetened, strawberry, blackberry, lemon and ginger, and sweet squash) and will extend commercialisation of the product to the rest of Latin America. Danone has installed a Stork filling line and plans production rates of 40 to 50 million units per year.

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