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Aseptic capacity added at BON Agroindustrial

BON Agroindustrial, a leading producer of fresh milk, juice, and jams in the Dominican Republic, recently installed two new aseptic packaging lines for milk and fruit juice.

Both milk and juice are packaged on the new aseptic systems at BON Agroindustrial.
Both milk and juice are packaged on the new aseptic systems at BON Agroindustrial.

The firm has been running an IPI aseptic line for milk since the early 2000s, and management chose IPI again in 2020. One NSA aseptic carton filling line handles 200-mL Slim bricks and the other is for 1000-mL packages with Twist caps. The new equipment helped meet the ever-increasing consumer demand for long-life products and opened up some new opportunities for BON Agroindustrial. For example, the firm forged a partnership with BRAVO, one of the largest supermarket chains in the Dominican Republic, for contract packaging and distributing the BRAVO brand.

Another interesting opportunity surfaced partly due to COVID-19.  BON Agroindustrial has been delivering fresh milk and fruit juices to children through initiatives such as the Student Food Program. When the pandemic struck, numerous educational centers participating in this program switched to home learning. Home delivery of fresh products to students was not logistically feasible due to high temperatures and long delivery times. Shelf stable product in 1000-mL aseptic cartons was just the ticket under these circumstances.

“IPI has provided an efficient and flexible service, proving to be a valid and reliable partner for us,” says BON Agricultural CEO Estefany Marte-Backman. “The solutions we have chosen have proven to be successful while responding to our needs as well as the needs of retailers and consumers.”

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