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Carton pack suits soup maker's sustainability goals

Aseptic retort carton is the first used nationally for chunky soup varieties from feel-good food company.
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Dr. McDougall's Right Foods®, Santa Rosa, CA, has selected the Tetra Recart aseptic retort package for its full line of ready-to-serve chunky soup varietals. The package represents the first nationally available soup in the Tetra Recart package with whole pieces of vegetables, beans, and pasta, notes supplier Tetra Pak.

"As a leader in the natural foods industry, we are committed to providing quality, all-natural products in the most sustainable manner," says Rita Vinnicombe, co-owner of Dr. McDougall's Right Foods. “We are passionate about leaving a smaller footprint, and we've selected Tetra Pak's innovative carton package not only because it protects the quality of our natural product, but also for the improved sustainability incentives it offers.”

Dr. McDougall's Right Foods can be found at retailers nationwide. The seven soup varieties available in the Tetra Recart include Lentil, Vegetable, Black Bean, Chunky Tomato, Split Pea, Minestrone, and Roasted Pepper Tomato and have a suggested retail price of $3.29 per 18-oz carton.

According to Tetra Pak, the Tetra Recart package saves significant space, weight, and logistical costs throughout its entire life cycle. The package is said to require 36% less packaging by weight than that of steel cans, and reduces transportation costs—one truck of empty Tetra Recart cartons is equal to nine trucks of empty steel cans. The Tetra Recart package is also made mainly out of paper, a renewable resource. When filled in the Tetra Recart, chunky foods are said to be safe and ready to serve for up to 24 months, without refrigeration.

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