Tetra Pak, the global leader in liquid food processing and packaging, announced the opening of their new pilot plant in Denton, Texas. The Tetra Pak Aseptic Technology Pilot Plant provides customers with complete processing facilities for development of food products from the bench top to full-scale production.

“We are extremely proud of our new facility. The Tetra Pak Aseptic Technology Pilot Plant is the ideal location for food product testing and development,” says Andrew Dun, director of marketing at Tetra Pak. “By partnering with Tetra Pak, customers can attain numerous benefits such as state-of-the-art packaging technology and the confidentiality needed for tests and evaluations. The pilot plant also provides technical support for customers, who need solutions to processing and packaging related problems.”

The Tetra Pak Aseptic Technology Pilot Plant is designed to offer maximum flexibility in the development of liquid (primarily aseptic) food products. The pilot plant is capable of handling a wide variety of products including fruit juices, fruit concentrates, wine, soy products, dairy and non-dairy milk, puddings, soups, salad dressings, and many others. Pasteurized, Ultra-pasteurized, and UHT Aseptic processing applications can be accomplished using a variety of processing systems including plates, tubular, and direct heating systems. In addition to heating methods, the Pilot Plant is capable of filter sterilizing and aseptically dosing flavors, enzymes and other minor product components. Once the product is processed, it can be packaged in various types of Tetra Brik(TM) packaging.

Since the pilot plant is a registered food production site, food produced at the facility may be used for product development and consumer testing such as sensory testing, clinical trials, market testing and initial market launches. The facility is also designed with restricted access and all information obtained through experiments and tests at the plant remain confidential.

Established in the United States in 1984, Tetra Pak Inc. develops, produces and markets complete processing and packaging systems and provides systems engineering, packaging materials, technical field services and spare parts support. Best known for its aseptic processing and packaging systems, Tetra Pak is also one of the top producers of gable top milk and juice cartons in the United States. For more information on Tetra Pak, please visit www.tetrapak.com.