Smurfit Kappa announced that its new Bag-in-Box packaging is suitable for sanitizer due to its being a hygienic, easy-to-use, and flexible solution in a range of sizes from 1.5 to 20 liters and is suitable both for end consumers or as a refill solution.
Smurfit Kappa is the market leader of Bag-in-Box packaging solutions in Europe and is currently exploring the development of its packaging solutions for other non-food markets.
Bag-in-Box packaging solutions
According to the press release, Bag-in-Box’s high-performance films have a high oxygen barrier to protect products from air and light so the hand sanitizer’s physical and chemical properties remain intact. The packaging also brings several environmental benefits, including the ability to optimize the supply chain and reduced weight and plastic in comparison to another traditional packaging. For instance, a 5-liter Bag-in-Box pack uses 54% less plastic than to a 5 liter PET bottle.
Equipped with the blue Vitop tap specifically designed for detergents and a reinforced gland, the new pack has performed very well in tests, the company stated. Testing is still underway to ensure compatibility with a wide range of hand sanitizer formulae as possible.
Depending on their formulae, it may be required that hand sanitizers are provided in UN homologated packaging solutions. This is an area in which Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box has previously demonstrated its expertise as it already includes homologated 5L and 10 Bag-in-Box solutions in its portfolio.
Thierry Minaud, chief executive officer of Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box, said, “We are extremely proud to have gathered our expertise and means in such a short period of time to answer today’s urgent need for hand sanitizer successfully.”
“This demonstrates the strength and determination of our company to constantly improve its products and to identify new markets that could benefit from our packaging solutions and technology.”