In a joint innovation, SIG and AnaBio Technologies are presenting the global launch of a long-life probiotic yoghurt, which they consider a ‘major breakthrough’ for probiotic beverages in aseptic packaging.
For the partners, the development creates a new product category: probiotic beverages packed in aseptic carton packs and spouted pouches which are shelf-stable for prolonged storage periods without refrigeration.
To develop the product, the companies combined AnaBio’s encapsulation technology with SIG’s gentle aseptic filing technology.
“Our innovative patented ‘encapsulation’ technology coats probiotic cells, such as Lactobacillus strains, with a protective layer,” explained Sinéad Bleiel, founder of AnaBio Technologies.
“This allows the strains to withstand high temperatures during processing. When the probiotic product is consumed, the coating is naturally broken down by digestive enzymes releasing the probiotic to colonize the small intestine and deliver their health benefits. Together with the expert team at SIG, we’re not only able to offer consumers probiotic products with unique health benefits, but also a longer product shelf life for greater convenience. It’s a real step-change innovation in the field of probiotic beverage products.”
According to SIG, the innovation offers lower distribution costs as no refrigeration is required, longer shelf life, increased reach and less food wastage for both retailers and consumers.
“Aseptic probiotic yogurt drinks demonstrate our continuous drive to innovate to rapidly meet changing consumer needs, while offering high product quality and longer shelf life in sustainable packaging. Our aseptic carton packs are proven to be one of the most sustainable packaging solutions* in the market,” said Christoph Wegener, chief markets officer at SIG.