SIG has revealed SIG DomeMini, an on-the-go carton pack that seeks to combine the convenience of a plastic bottle with downsizing and recyclability.

The pack is designed for recycling, resource efficiency, and minimal consumption of space. Consisting of FSC-certified paperboard, it claims to have been produced using 100% renewable electricity.

It is geared towards consumers who regularly travel or commute, among others, with its SIG DomeMiniCap positioned centrally to replicate the drinking experience of a bottle. This is claimed to be easy to open and reclose, ensuring that it is easy to drink and can be stored safely in bags.

Its filling machine, SIG DomeMini 12 Aseptic, reports an aseptic filling rate of 12,000 packages per hour on one machine with volume change in 15 minutes – a process thought to maximize efficiency and flexibility while providing a high return on investment for beverage manufacturers. Seven volume sizes are available from 180ml to 350ml.

The pack comes in response to increasing ‘paperization’ and plastic reduction efforts in the packaging space, and it seeks to encourage consumers to keep sustainability in mind when selecting packaging to buy. Its initial launch will take place in China, and it will reach other markets in the future.

“The market for on-the-go beverages continues to grow and offers immense potential,” says Christoph Wegener, CMO at SIG. “By combining convenience with sustainability, SIG DomeMini sets the stage and offers a new drinking experience for consumers, who can now enjoy their favorite drink on the move while helping to reduce plastic waste.

“Our new SIG DomeMini on-the-go premium pack perfectly complements our already successful family-size SIG Dome aseptic carton bottle. We can now offer food & beverage companies a bottle-shaped carton product family for the on-the-go and at-home occasion that does not compromise on convenience and delivers superior sustainability performance.

“The eye-catching design of the SIG Dome family really stands out on shelf too, clearly differentiating it from other packaging types.”

In a recent collaboration, SIG worked with AnaBio Technologies to create an aseptic pack for long-life probiotic yoghurt; this design apparently forms a new product category for aseptic carton packs and shelf-stable spouted pouches for long-term, non-refrigerated storage.

Elopak’s D-PAK paperboard carton has also been applied to Paperdent‘s alcohol-free mouthwash, with the solution apparently utilising over 80% less plastic than conventional mouthwash packaging.

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