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Fruit smoothies take to aseptic packs

An established leader supplying aseptically packaged products for foodservice operators, Lyons-Magnus of Fresno, CA, has added a new item to its product mix: fruit smoothies.
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While frozen and hot-filled smoothies are available to foodservice operators Lyons-Magnus believes it is the first to offer this product in an aseptic package. Foodservice operators just open pour and blend with ice for a finished smoothie.

Either one of two Combibloc (Columbus OH) fillers is used to

produce the 46-oz Combibloc Pour'nSeal® aseptic cartons. The reclosable pour spout is injection-molded of polypropylene by J.L. Clark (Rockford IL) and applied in-line to carton blanks at the Fresno plant where Lyons-Magnus processes and packages the smoothies.

"We believe that by aseptically packaging our smoothies we're giving foodservice operators a unique opportunity to add this popular and profitable beverage concept to their menus" says Lyons-Magnus president Bob Smittcamp.

Smittcamp points to three key advantages that aseptic cartons offer in a foodservice kitchen compared to alternative smoothie-making approaches. First there's no chopping measuring or clean-up time as there is when fruit smoothies are made from scratch. Second there's no time-consuming thawing process as there is with frozen mixes. And finally the Pour'nSeal cartons are convenient.

The smoothies come in six flavors. A single carton blank is used and Lyons-Magnus differentiates one flavor from another with a front-panel pressure-sensitive label.

Available now for about one year the new line of aseptically packaged smoothies is a hit. "The response to the product line has been outstanding" says Smittcamp.

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