Tetra Pak will deliver an initial order of TBA/22 filling machines to Coca Cola's Paw Paw, Michigan facility by the end of this month, chief executive officer Dennis Jonsson announced yesterday at a press conference. He was speaking at the Anuga FoodTec exhibition in cologne, Germany.
The Michigan plant produces Minute Maid and Hi-C juices and juice drinks in Tetra Brik Aseptic 200ml packs.
Jonsson said Coca Cola will replace 24 lines in all throughout its plants in the US with the Tetra Brik. Tetra Pak has been supplying Coca Cola for the past 25 years.
The TBA/22 fills 20,000 packs per hour, making it the world's fastest aseptic carton filling line for portion packages, Tetra Pak claims.
"It offers customers with long, high volume production runs lower operating costs, higher productivity and greater space efficiency compared to competitive speed filling machines," the company claimed.
Jonsson also disclosed that Tetra Pak has plans to further extend the machine's performance, providing even higher speeds while maintaining operational efficiency.
"Cost-driven innovation -- which means lower operating costs for our customers -- is the name of the game," he said.